Bangladesh sealed a historic series win against India with a 6 wicket win in the 2nd ODI at Mirpur. The Tigers now have a record of 10 back-to-back wins at home and have also bagged a spot in the Champions Trophy 2017!
Bangladesh beat India by chasing down a target of 200 in just 38 overs, after coming up with yet another impressive bowling performance against the powerful Indian side.
India bat first, lose Rohit Sharma early
India’s quest to make amends for the embarrassing defeat at the same venue, a couple of days ago, began on a terrible note. Mustafizur Rahman dismissed Rohit Sharma with the 2nd ball of the 1st over and sent the Mirpur crowd into a frenzy. Virat Kohli, who came in next, looked in discomfort while facing the first few deliveries from the left arm pacer. Shikhar Dhawan, at the other end, kept milking the singles and tried to get a partnership going with Kohli. However, just when the latter was threatening to cut loose, he was trapped leg before wicket by Nassir Hossain in the 13th over. MS Dhoni promoted himself up the order and made genuine efforts to lend some steadiness to the Indian innings.
Partnerships missing, Mustafizur Rahman runs through Indian batting AGAIN
Bangladesh appeared to be on the ascendancy right from the very start of the match. And the inability of the Indian batsmen to construct timely partnerships helped the ‘minnows’ big time. Shikhar Dhawan got to a well made half century but was soon sent back to the pavilion by part timer Nassir Hossain. MS Dhoni seemed to have a plan of holding one end, but ended up scoring just 47 off 75 balls! However, it was his 53 run stand with Suresh Raina (34 off 55) that had kept India going during the middle overs.
The decision to drop in-form Rahane for Ambati Rayudu clearly backfired! Rayudu could manage no more than a duck after facing just 3 deliveries. Mustafizur Rahman ran through the lower order in no time, as Ashwin, Axar Patel and Bhuvneshwar Kumar could barely stand up to the Bangladeshi aggression. The youngster finished with sparkling figures of 10-0-43-6. Rain intervened play in the 44th over, when India were tottering at 196/8. The match was reduced to 47-overs-a-side after a 2 hour long delay. The hosts however, needed just 7 more balls to dismiss the last two Indian batsmen. India were bowled out for a paltry 200 in 45 overs, and the home team were set 200 for victory as per D/L calculations.
Steady start for Bangladesh in tricky chase
With a memorable victory firmly in sight, Bangladesh began the chase in high spirits. However, the openers were cautious enough not to throw away their wickets at the start. Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar set things up with a 34 run opening stand in 6.2 overs. Litton Das, batting at No 3, managed to keep the runs flowing at a decent rate along with Sarkar during their 52-run partnership. Bhuvneshwar Kumar went for plenty and the Indian bowling lacked the teeth necessary to defend this kind of a target.
Shakib Al Hasan and Sabbir Rahman ensured Bangladesh beat India convincingly
Mushfiqur Rahim’s 31 off 34 and Soumya Sarkar’s 34 off 47 were vital to Bangladesh’s cause during the middle overs today. And, there was always Shakib Al Hasan to augment the middle order’s contribution! Rahim was unfortunately run out in the 30th over, when the home team still needed 48 runs to win. However, seasoned campaigner Shakib ensured that they were no hiccups thereafter, with a fluent half century (51 off 62 balls). Sabbir Rahman supported Shakib once again with a solid innings of 22 off 23 balls and a passionate home crowd went home with memories of another Big Win over “Big Brother” India. As the ads would have us believe, the young upstart has proven, that it can now take on as well as surpass the big boys of the neighbourhood, at least in the ODI’s. As for India, it will now be about avoiding a whitewash, with a lot of questions yet to be answered by this side.
Man of the Match – Mustafizur Rahman
Scorecard – Bangladesh (200/4 in 38 overs, Shakib Al Hasan 51*(62), Ravichandran Ashwin 1/32) beat India (200 all out in 45 overs, Shikhar Dhawan 53(60), Mustafizur Rahman 6/43) by 6 wickets