Suresh Raina Rescues India With All-round Performance

A combined batting effort by the Indian team and a quick-fire innings from Suresh Raina helped India to a total of 317/6 in their 50 overs. The Bangladeshi teenage sensation Mustafizur Rahman wasn’t the pick of the bowlers today but did set a new record in World cricket by picking 13 wickets in a three match ODI series. The Bangla tigers began well with the chase reaching a 100 runs with the loss of only two wickets at a run-rate nearing six but the game took a bad turn after that for the hosts.

Indian batsmen kept it steady

Overcoming the sadness of the first ever series loss to Bangladesh, the men in blue bounced back to avoid a series whitewash at the hands of their neighbours.

After the early departure of Rohit Sharma in the seventh over, Dhawan kept up the scoring with Kohli (25), who disappointed yet again losing his wicket to the wily Shakib Al Hasan. Dhawan starred for the Indian line-up continuing from where he left in the 2nd ODI, and scored a 73 ball 75 that included 10 boundaries. His innings was filled with flawless timing and fantastic placement, specially through the off-side. Dhawan lost his wicket in a soft dismissal as Nasir Hossain took a good catch at midwicket.

With the departure of Dhawan, it was up to Captain Cool to keep the Indian innings ticking along with Rayudu who played a sensible knock of 44 runs. The duo provided the support to the Indian innings with a 93 run stand for the fourth wicket. Dhoni also used this match to respond to his critics with a careful yet adventurous 69 run knock announcing his return to form.

The duo then departed in quick succession and Raina came to the party with a 21 ball 38 run knock lifting the team to a defendable 317 runs in the 50 overs.

Suresh Raina dismissed

Raina Dismissed by Mustafizur Rahman in 3rd ODI

Suresh Raina destabilizes Bangladesh

Chasing a mammoth total of 318, the tigers were off to a dismal start losing Tamim Iqbal with just 8 runs on the board. Soumya Sarkar and Litton Das took control with a 54 run partnership before Kulkarni struck again to slow down the Bangladesh innings. As they looked to have settled again, Raina joined the party, dismissing Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan to slow down the Bangladesh innings.

Bangladesh tried to stabilize the innings after the departure of Shakib Al Hasan with a partnership between Sabbir Rahman and Nasir Hossain for the sixth wicket. The partnership fell one short of 50 even as they still continued scoring at almost six runs an over. The run-rate did not make much difference at this stage as Bangladesh had no batsmen capable of resisting the Indian bowling attack.

Raina became the pick of the Indian bowlers as he picked up three wickets to ensure that his cameo with the bat did not go in vain, and bringing up  a comfortable 77 run victory for the men in blue.

Man of the Match: Suresh Raina

Scorecard: India (317 for 6 in 50 overs, Shikhar Dhawan 75, Mashrafe Mortaza 3/76) beat Bangladesh by 77 runs (240 all out in 45 overs, Sabbir Rahman 43, Suresh Raina 3/45)

Man of the Series: Mustafizur Rahman

Bangladesh won the series 2-1.


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