IND vs BAN: Bangladesh continue their impressive run in ODIs at home as they sealed another series win against India 2-0 after beating them by 5 runs in the second ODI on Wednesday. Batting first, Bangladesh were in big trouble as they had lost 6 wickets for just 69 runs on the board.
India’s seamers were brilliant in the first half of the innings. Siraj sent both the openers back to the hut inside the first 10 overs of the innings. Umran Khan rattled Shanto’s (21) stumps in the 13th over, while Washington Sundar accounted for the wicket of Shakib Al Hasan (12 off 24) in the 17th over.
Sundar also had Mushfiqur Rahim in his very next over to send half of Bangladesh’s batting lineup back to the hut inside just 19 overs. India, at that stage, looked to bundle out Bangladesh under 150, however, Mahmudullah and Mehidy Hasan Miraz had other plans.
The duo stitched a record-breaking 148-run partnership for the 7th wicket to help Bangladesh reach the 200-run mark. Mahmudullah got out for 77 off 96 balls in the 47th over but Mehidy Hasan Miraz played right till the end and went on to notch his century in 83 balls.
Thanks to those valuable contributions, Bangladesh ended their innings at 271 for 7. Washington Sundar was the pick of the bowlers for India, claiming 3 for 37 in 10 overs.
Rohit Sharma’s fifty goes in vain
Besides, the likes of Siraj and Malik picked two wickets each as well. In pursuit of the target, India made a miserable start. Shikhar Dhawan’s (8 off 10) poor form continued with the bat, while Virat Kohli (5 off 6), once again, got out cheaply in the series.
Washington Sundar (11) and KL Rahul (14) also couldn’t make any useful contribution but Shreyas Iyer and Axar Patel steadied the ship with notable knocks of 82 (102) and 56 (56).
However, both got out at crucial stages in the game and India still had a mountain to climb with 100 runs still needed. In came an injured Rohit Sharma to save the team from the series defeat. He came into bat when the team had lost seven wickets for 207 runs on the board.
The Indian skipper then played a blinder and took the game to the very last ball. He played a sensational knock of 51 runs in 28 balls, including 3 fours and 5 sixes.
Needing 20 runs in the last 6 balls, Rohit Sharma had two fours and 2 sixes to bring the equation down to 6 needed off 1 ball. Unfortunately, he couldn’t hit the last ball for a six as India lost the match by 5 runs, in the end.
IND vs BAN Brief Scores: Bangladesh 271 for 7 (Mehidy 100*, Mahmudullah 77, Washington 3-37) beat India 266 for 9 (Iyer 82, Axar 56, Rohit 51*, Ebadot 3-45, Shakib 2-39, Mehidy 2-46) by five runs