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Old 27-Feb-2014
Mushfiqur showed solid resilience

Mushfiqur, who smashed 117 off 113 balls, was hit on his ribs by a nasty beamer from Varun Aaron. However, the diminutive captain showed enough resilience to complete his second ODI century.

It was a first for Bangladesh against India since Alok Kapali's ton in the 2008 Asia Cup.

The 25-year-old started his innings patiently with Animul going freely at the other end, but after the opener's dismissal, the skipper came into his own, hitting two sixes and seven fours.

Anamul and Mushfiqur laid the foundation for a substantial total.

The duo was involved in a 133-run third wicket partnership that came after Bangladesh were reduced to 49 for two in the 13th over.

Despite the big partnership, though, the lower order failed to fire against a side that boasts of a strong batting line-up.

The innings then belonged to Mushfiqur, who showed resolute spirit despite being hit badly to complete the milestone century for Bangladesh.

It was his second career century, and a timely one at that.

It was also the 25-year-old's highest ODI score, besting his 101

Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma opened the Indian innings cautiously, but just when they appeared to have settled down Abdur Razzaq dealt the first blow, dismissing the former for 28 off 44 balls that included five fours.

Looking to sweep the ball, Dhawan missed the line and was trapped plumb in front of the stumps.

Ziaur Rahman gave Bangladesh its second success by castling Rohit Sharma for 21 in the 13th over.

The batsman missed the line of the ball completely and could only look back to find his off-stump uprooted.

He scored one four and a six in his 29-ball stay at the crease.

India were reduced to 54 for 2.

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