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Report: Bangladesh vs India – 2nd ODI

Binny claims India’s best ODI figures to seal the series

In a thrilling encounter, India won the rain reduced, low scoring second ODI by 47 runs (D/L method) to seal the three-match ODI series. Stuart Binny was the show stopper as he claimed six for four runs in 4.4 overs to defend 105 runs at the Shere Bangla Stadium and take an unassailable 2-0 lead against Bangladesh.

The day belonged to pacers as Bangladesh first bundled India out for 105, while the Indian attack, spearheaded by Mohit Sharma and superbly complemented by Binny, bowled the hosts out in 17.4 overs claim victory.

Bowling a disciplined line and utilizing the conditions to his advantage, Bangladesh fast bowler Taskin Ahmed finished with a five-wicket haul on debut. The rest of the attack too, responding to the Bangladesh captain’s decision to field, didn’t allow the Indian batsmen to break the shackles after reducing the opposition to 28 for three and then bowling them out for their lowest total against Bangladesh.

However, the Indian bowling attack fought back. Sharma picked two early wickets to leave the home team 13 for two while Binny sent back Mushfiqur Rahim ending the 37-run third wicket stand and claimed two more to keep his team in the fray. Re-introduced into the attack, Sharma followed up with two more to tip the balance in India’s favour. It was all downhill for the home team who could not revive their side after conceding the advantage to the visitors.

Tamim Iqbal was caught by the wicketkeeper while attempting a big hit. In the pacer’s next over, Anamul Haque hit Sharma to Rahane at backward point to leave the home team on 13 for two.

Mithun Ali and Mushfiqur, however, worked to ensure that Bangladesh didn't go the India way after play resumed. But with the team on 44, Mushfiqur departed handing a catch to Saha off a Binny delivery going down the leg side. With a maiden and a wicket maiden Binny had plugged the flow of runs. In his third over the all-rounder removed Mithun Ali and Mahmudullah off successive deliveries to leave the hosts on 50 for five. Binny had claimed three without conceding a run to keep his team in the reckoning. While Ali hit the ball to square-leg, Mahmudullah offered the catch to Ambati Rayudu at gully.

Earlier, Mortaza removed Ajinkya Rahane off the second ball of the day. He was trapped leg-before with a delivery that came in. Able to extract movement off the pitch, the Bangladesh bowlers were in command as they kept Robin Uthappa and Cheteshwar Pujara on their toes. With the batsmen unable to rotate the strike, runs were hard to come by for India. The hosts had held India to 14 for the loss of one wicket in 5.2 overs until rain made an appearance forcing the players off the field. Until then, Mortaza and Hossain had both bowled a maiden each in the first five overs while Taskin looked promising in his first two deliveries.

When rain finally stopped the match was reduced to 41 overs-a-side and Taskin returned to fulfill the promise he had given a glimpse off in his first two balls. In his second over, the young fast bowler accounted for the key wicket of Uthappa. The opener departed top-edging a quicker delivery from the debutant to mid-off.

The Bangladesh bowlers hit the deck hard and continued to ask questions off the Indian batsmen. In his next over, Taskin provided his team with yet another crucial breakthrough by claiming Ambati Rayudu lbw and leaving the visitors on 28 for three. He had Pujara lbw a bit later.

Mortaza then followed up with the wicket of Wriddhiman Saha; leg-before off an inswinging Yorker. With five wickets gone and only 65 runs on board, Stuart Binny who had replaced Parvez Rasool in the side took strike opposite Suresh Raina. However, India’s woes continued as their captain was run out while scampering for a second.

With two wickets off two balls, young Akshar Patel made his way to the middle and got his first international runs with a boundary over mid-on off Al Amin-Hossain but didn’t last long. Later in the over, after yet another boundary, he was castled by the bowler.

Reintroduced into the attack from the other end after a brief respite, Taskin had Binny nick to the keeper to claim his fourth wicket and in his next had yet another Indian batsman lbw to finish his five-for. With Amit Mishra back in the pavilion, India’s No 11 bat, Umesh Yadav took guard in just the 23rd over. And after helping add 19 runs to the total, the tail-ender was sent back by Shakib Al Hasan.

Man of the Match: Stuart Binny for figures of 4.4-2-4-6, India’s best ODI figures

Prajakta Pawar

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Report: Bangladesh vs India – 1st ODI

Uthappa, Rahane star in India victory

Propelled by half-centurions Robin Uthappa and Ajinkya Rahane, India won the rain truncated first ODI under the Duckworth/Lewis method by seven wickets at the Shere Bangla National Stadium. 

After a sluggish start, Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim had earlier shaped the hosts’ innings with a half-century and set the tone. Opting to bat, the home team had lost two wickets with just 35 runs on the board in 10.2 overs. While an initially shaky Anamul Haque helped the skipper lay a foundation, Shakib Al Hasan’s well paced 52, and Mahmudullah’s free flowing 41 took the team to 272 for nine. In a contrasting batting display, the Indian openers got the visitors off to good start with a 99-run stand. With rain threatening to make an appearance in the second innings, Uthappa and Rahane ensured that they kept their wickets intact while maintaining a steady flow of runs. Their innings helped India attain the revised 150-run target off 126 balls with relative ease. 

Back in the ODI side after a six-year hiatus, the in-form Uthappa set the pace of the innings with a solid partnership with Rahane. While Uthappa timed the ball beautifully, Rahane too joined in milking the Bangladesh bowlers. He broke free with a six over extra cover off Mashrafe Mortaza followed by a pull for four more. 
Batting effortlessly, Uthappa cruised to his 50 off 43 balls. Before bringing up his fifty with a single to long-on he struck Rahman over mid-wicket for six. However, the opener was adjudged lbw off Shakib Al Hasan in the next over. 

Cheteshwar Pujara then joined Rahane in the middle but four balls later, heavy showers brought the game to halt with India comfortably poised on 100 for one in 16.4 overs. When the game resumed with the revised target India required 50 off 56 balls. 

Taking guard once again Pujara was trapped lbw by Shakib without opening his account. Ambati Rayudu then joined the opener in the middle as India looked to attain the total. With the ball turning, the Bangladesh bowlers gained confidence but Rahane brought up his fifty soon after play resumed and ensured that the India remained in control of the game. 

With India still 15 runs short, Rahane departed for 64 mis-cueing a slower one from Mortaza to the third-man region. India captain Suresh Raina and Rayudu then took to the target and a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

Earlier, Anamul and Tamim Iqbal were kept on a tight leash by the Indian pacers – Mohit Sharma and Umesh Yadav. The pacemen bowled to their strengths – while Yadav swung the ball, Mohit kept his length to keep to tie down the batsmen. The openers had managed to put only five runs on the board until Yadav sent back Iqbal. Although Anamul garnered two boundaries off Mohit in the next, runs were at a premium for the hosts as the innings progressed. While they struggled to score, Anamul edged a short delivery from Yadav to first slip but was dropped by Raina on 23. An over later, Mominul Haque edged Yadav to wicketkeeper which brought captain, Mushfiqur Rahim to crease.

He declared intent by swinging debutant Akshar Patel over extra cover for six and struck Amit Mishra to the mid-wicket boundary for four. He ensured the score board kept moving and as the partnership began to take shape, Raina introduced another debutant, Parvez Rasool in to the attack. The off-spinner gave India a crucial breakthrough in his first spell by ending the partnership for 52. Anamul looking for the big hit, was caught by Ambati Rayudu at deep midwicket six runs short of his half-century. 

Shakib then joined Mushfiqur Rahim in adding runs at a quicker pace and wrest the advantage from India. But the partnership ended for 47 runs as Mushfiqur Rahim stepping out to Rasool was caught by Rahane at mid-off.

Shakib and Mahmudullah did not let the momentum dip as they carried the innings forward until the former departed for 52; a soft dismissal. Runs were flowing easily for Bangladesh as the duo added 65 runs for the fifth wicket until Shakib hit the ball straight back to Raina.

Nasir Hossain then helped Mahmudullah in taking on the Indian bowlers. Hossain claimed two boundaries apiece off Patel and Amit Mishra to help garner 10 runs in each over but as the innings drew to an end, wickets too fell at quick intervals. While Mishra conceded 10 runs he had also knocked back the on song Mahmudullah’s off-stump off the last ball off the over; Hossain perished taking the aerial route off the first ball off the spinner’s next. A brilliant diving catch by Raina saw the back off Ziaur Rahman, handing Yadav his third wicket as India looked to curb the flow of runs.

But in a quick-fire 32-run partnership with Abdur Razzak, Mortaza slammed 18 off 10 before losing his off-stump to Patel in the penultimate over to keep the team on course. In trying conditions as the Indian bowlers relentlessly worked to keep the opposition in check Bangladesh set India an imposing target. With conditions taking its toll on the pacers, Mohit, who was the most economical of India’s bowlers, could not complete his quota of overs. And although Bangladesh batsmen went after the spin heavy India attack, the spinners claimed six wickets amongst themselves.

Man of the Match: Ajinkya Rahane for his match winning 64 

Prajakta Pawar

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