In a nailbiter last over, Captain Mahmudullah finished the match off in style as Bangladesh beat India in the first T20 at Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi by 7 wickets on November 3. Speaking about India's loss, captain Rohit Sharma said that they posted a 'defendable score', however, the fielding mistakes cost them the game. He also admitted the fact that the "guys are a bit inexperienced".
"It was a defendable score, and we made mistakes on the field. The guys are a bit inexperienced, and they can learn from that, perhaps not make them the next time. The reviews (DRS) were a mistake from our side," said Rohit.
Bangladesh also registered its first victory against the Men in Blue in T20 cricket. Rohit heaped praises on Bangladesh for putting up a brilliant show, outclassing India in the game.
"Not to take credit away from Bangladesh. They put us under pressure right from the start when we were batting," he said.
The much-speculated match, owing to the high pollution levels in Delhi, witnessed a low-scoring but a spectacular show from the Bangladesh team as they took the match up till the last over to hand India defeat in the first match of the three-match T20 series. The second T20 will be played at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot on November 7.
After losing Liton Das early off Deepak Chahar's delivery, debutant Mohammad Naim got Bangladesh off to a great start. Yuzvendra Chahal after being introduced did not take long to help India gain momentum as he dismissed the debutant.
Yuzvendra Chahal was the pick of Indian bowlers as he put tremendous pressure on the Bangladesh players and had them earn their runs with utter difficulty. Soon after Naim's dismissal, Soumya Sarkar and Mushfiqur Rahim stitched an important partnership to steady the Tiger's ship. However, Khaleel Ahmed scalped Soumya Sarkar on the last ball of the 17th over to get India back into the game. Mushfiqur Rahim was granted a lifeline in 18th over as Krunal Pandya dropped his catch off Chahal's delivery. With 20 to get off the last two overs, Mushfiqur Rahim hit Khaleel for 4 consecutive boundaries to grab the match from India. With just 4 runs needed off the last over, Mahmudullah took Bangladesh home on the fourth delivery with a six.