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'It is a great moment for Bangladesh' - Mushfiqur reflects on stunning win over India
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'It is a great moment for Bangladesh' - Mushfiqur reflects on stunning win over India

Bangladesh scripted their maiden win over India in T20Is at the back of a stellar batting effort from Mushfiqur Rahim, who was happy to bring back smiles to a team undergoing a turbulent phase in the last two weeks.

Mushfiqur struck an unbeaten 60 from 43 deliveries to superbly guide his side in pursuit of the 149-run target.

Batting in the pollution-hit New Delhi, Mushfiqur found able support from Soumya Sarkar as the two put on 60 runs for the third wicket.

Subsequently, skipper Mahmudullah Riyad's match-winning hit sparked jubilant responses from the Bangladesh dugout – a rare sight amidst the plethora of off-field issues plaguing the country's cricket.

In the aftermath of his side's historic win, Mushfiqur remarked it felt special to succeed in India following the "toughest" weeks of his career that culminated in the one-year suspension imposed on star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan.

Before the ban, Bangladesh players had been protesting against the board for better remuneration and benefits.

"In my 15 years, these last two or three weeks were the toughest that I have faced," Mushfiqur said.

"Before I left Bangladesh, I said the only thing that can put us on the right track is if we can win a couple of matches or play really well.

"So this brings smiles and calmness in our team and the whole nation. That's what we have done and we will try to continue this form."

Bangladesh were also without senior batsman Tamim Iqbal, who had to skip the tour to spend time with his pregnant wife.

The visitors restricted India to a modest 148-6 after Mahmudullah won the toss and decided to field first.

Bangladesh's chase was helped by a couple of slip-ups in the field by India including a Krunal Pandya drop and misjudgment in two TV reviews.

"It is a great moment for Bangladesh," he added.

"We are missing a couple of key players but the way the young players stuck together and the way bowlers bowled on this track, especially against India, it's outstanding. The win has given us the freedom to play attacking and fearless cricket."

Mushfiqur's timely boundaries off four successive balls in the penultimate over hammered the final nail in the coffin for India just when Bangladesh's chase seemed to derail.