With the life gifted, Liton Das carried on and in the 97th ball he faced, he reached his maiden international century
Liton dropped, and in came his maiden century
Bangladesh had taken India by surprise, sending late middle-order batsman Mehedi Hasan Miraz to open with regular opener Liton Das. It was a gamble to break the side’s struggle with poor starts and it had worked wonders as the duo added 120 runs to the board. Liton was on his A-game as he blitzed to his maiden ODI fifty in just 33 balls in the 12th over of the innings, bringing up his milestone in style by hitting a boundary off left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja. But just two balls later, the batsman tried a slog sweep only to get an edge to toss the ball up. Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal at mid-wicket stood right under the ball to take India’s first wicket in the game, but he failed to latch onto it, fell on his back and eventually dropped it. With the life gifted, Liton carried on and in the 97th ball he faced, he reached his maiden international century. Liton remained till the 40th over of the innings and scored 121 off 117 deliveries.
The run-out company
Bangladesh were sent in to bat first after India won the toss, and made a dream start to the innings. But as the game progressed, all the good work done by the openers was undone by the remaining batsmen. Wickets were falling at regular intervals and to make things even worse were the run-outs. Bangladesh were skittled out for 222 in 48.3 overs and the innings included three run-outs. The chaotic saga had started with wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Mithun and Liton in the 28th over. Liton had driven the ball to extra cover as Mithun took off. Liton on 92, stood to his crease and India’s Jadeja found Mithun off-guard. The second run-out was off lower-order batsman Nazmul Islam. As he ran down the pitch, fielder Manish Pandey picked the ball from point and ran to the stumps to dislodge the bails. And finally, in the 48th over, the left-handed Soumya Sarkar perished for 33 as he was caught short trying to take a double, by a sensational throw from long-on fielder Ambati Rayudu.