India 409/8 (Kishan 210, Kohli 113, Shakib 2-68) Bangladesh 182 (Shakib 43, Thakur 3-30, Akshar 2-22) by 227 runs
Mehdi gives the new-ish ball the pitch to turn and hold. Had Liton not dropped a sitter over short midwicket, he could have reduced Kohli’s innings to 1 in his next over. Kishan then teed up, giving Kohli enough time to adjust to the pace and (variable) bounce of the Chattogram pitch.
Kishan scored 4,6,4 against Ibadat Hossain in the 12th over. It should have been a signal, but Bangladesh didn’t read the signals. They kept offering Kishan width and kept on suffering severe punishment. And when he got too straight and short, Kishan pulled him hard down the leg side. He regularly moved around the crease to score boundaries on both sides of the pitch with absurd ease.
Kishan brought up his maiden ODI century off 85 balls and needed just 18 more balls to cross 150. He A record double century looked inevitable – so much so that Kohli celebrated prematurely, thinking the ball had gone past Kishan in the 35th over after tapping a single to deep cover. Four balls later, Kishan became the fourth Indian player – after Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and Rohit – to score an ODI double century.
With 15 overs still left in India’s innings, Rohit’s 264 – and possibly 300 – was not out of Kishan’s reach. However, Liton completed a smart catch from Taskin Ahmed running in from long-off to stop Kishan in his tracks.
Kohli sent Kishan off with a pat on the head and took care of him in the middle. After bringing up his half-century in 54 balls, he hit the top with more freedom. When Taskin lofted a short ball outside off, Kohli could have opted to pull it over midwicket. Instead, he maintained his shape and swung it over mid-off. Then, when Taskin was full and outside off in his next over, Kohli reached out and slapped him over the same mid-off region. He finally broke his ODI century drought and celebrated the landmark by launching a Mustafizur Rahman offcutter over his head for six.
Shakib Al Hasan provided some respite to Bangladesh by taking the late wickets of Kohli and Washington, followed by a 50-ball 43 with the bat. He was the only Bangladeshi batsman who had an idea of the pitch and even faced the fast short balls of Umar Malik, who was included in the team. Liton top-scored with 29 off 26 balls, but Kishan’s opening salami put Bangladesh so far behind that they were never able to follow on.
Kuldeep Yadav, who was included in the injured squad on the eve of the game, played a good innings, although he had only one wicket to his credit. It was Axar, the other left-arm spinner, who dismantled the batting with the wickets of Anmul Haque Bijoy and Mushfiqur Rahim. That day even Mehdi could not save Bangladesh.