Mustafizur Rahman had a reality check against India at Mirpur on Wednesday as he was taken for plenty on a bowling conducive deck.
It was for the first time in his short career that Mustafizur had been belted around the park like that.
Mustafizur had done some severe damage to India when they had last toured Bangladesh.
But, this time around, the Indian batsmen looked to play him differently. There was a pre planned approach to try and attack him.
At the start though, the Indian batsmen struggled to get him away as he was getting the ball to move around.
But, later on Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya dealt with Mustafizur in a very harsh way as they dismissed him with disdain when he returned in the death to finish his quota.
He was probably trying to use too many variations and thus, was faltering a bit in terms of his accuracy and for the batsmen of the quality of Rohit and Pandya, those were easy pickings.
Mustafizur could have been more expensive if the umpires had not been a little generous to him towards the end of his spell.
A couple of his deliveries which he tried to slip in wide on the off side could so easily have been called wide deliveries and India could have got extra runs and extra deliveries, but, he got the benefit of the doubt as the umpires let those go.
However, still, Mustafizur’s figures read 4-0-40-0 which would not have been satisfying from his perspective given the help that was there for him from the pitch and also, what the situation of the match was.
A tight spell from him in the death could have kept the game in the balance and Bangladesh could have been in with a chance, but, the boundaries leaked and India managed to score about 20 runs too many.