India’s opener Shikhar Dhawan believes his side will bounce back in the three-match one-day international series against Bangladesh despite a shock defeat in their opening match.
“We are very, very confident about tomorrow’s match. It’s not the first time we’ve lost the first game of a series. It’s quite normal, so we know how to recover from these situations” Dhawan said in Dhaka before the second match on Wednesday.
Tail-ender Mehidy Hasan Miraz scored an unbeaten 38 and took a record tenth wicket stand as Bangladesh edged past India by a wicket to take a 1-0 lead in Sunday’s thriller match in Dhaka.
Chasing 187 for victory, the hosts collapsed to 136-9 before Mehidy and Mustafizur Rahman put together a 51-run partnership – Bangladesh’s best ever for the final wicket in a successful run chase – to reach the their goal with 24 balls to spare.
“It was a low total and they eventually took the game away from us, which doesn’t happen very often. They played really well, so give them credit,” Dhawan said.
“Where we need improvements were analyzed and corrected in a meeting and will surely create a much bigger impact in the next game as well,” he added.
Dhawan said bowling all-rounder Shardul Thakur, who was uneasy in the first match, will be available for Wednesday’s match at the same venue in Dhaka.
“He had a cramp but it was nothing serious,” she said.
Bangladesh manager Russell Domingo said they were unlikely to risk pacer Taskin Ahmed despite returning to training after recovering from a back injury.
“I’m not sure we want to risk playing him again. There is a lot of cricket to play, there are some Test matches and also (we want) to have the opportunity to continue developing the other fast bowlers,” Domingo said.
The South African added that he was aware of the backlash he could face against India in the second match.
“There is also a feeling that India will come back strong. We have to play cricket better than the first match, particularly with the bat. We can’t get away with this again,” she said.
A win in Wednesday’s match will give Bangladesh their second successive ODI series win against India, having won 2-1 when India last visited Dhaka in 2015.
The third and final match will be held in Chittagong on 10 December followed by two tests in Chittagong and Dhaka respectively.
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