It was the second ODI between India Vs. Bangladesh at the Sher-E-Bangla National stadium and Bangladesh opted to field first. India opened the series with an emphatic victory over the Bangladeshi men. The second one day was a must win game for Bangladesh to keep their hopes alive.
The start to the match was not good for India and they lost their first wicket in the form of Ajinkya Rahane and he was dismissed right in the second ball of the first over for a DUCK. India thus suffered from an early blow. It was rain again then, which intervened the play and India were 14 for 1 then. Rain interrupted the play for a good span of time and it was the perfect work done by the groundsmen to dry the ground after the downpour. Play was reduced to 41 overs a side. Play resumed after being delayed for a good span of time. Uthappa and Pujara were at the crease. Things worsened for Indian men when Uthappa was dismissed in the 8th over by Bangladeshi debutant, Taskin Ahmed. His wicket was followed by Rayudu’s one and India were 28 for 3 at that stage. Then came in the skipper, Suresh Raina and he had to build a partnership with Pujara to save India from a batting collapse. The partnership started getting well but it was not for long. Pujara was dismissed in the 14th over of the innings by Taskin Ahmed. This right arm fast bowler was making a priceless contribution for Bangladesh right at his debut. Wicket keeper Wriddhiman Saha came in to bat next and even he did not manage to make a mark. Raina followed him and was dismissed next. Stuart Binny came next and a lot were expected from him but he did not come up with expectations and got dismissed for 3 runs. India were in a huge spot of bother with 8 down for 81 runs. Umesh Yadav came in on number 11 and scored a handy 17 runs which proved to be gold for India later in the game. So India finally were all down for a score of 105 runs. It was one of the lowest ODI totals for India and they needed to do something extra-ordinary to make a mark in the match.
Raina was the top scorer for India with 27 runs. 7 Indian batsmen were dismissed in a single figure score for India. Taskin Ahmed was the key bowler for Bangladesh and he struck 5 wickets for his team by giving 28 runs in 8 overs.
With the target of 106 runs to score, Bangladesh came into bat. It was hoped that Bangladesh would easily score 106 runs in 41 overs and perhaps they became overconfident in that and crumbled. After hitting the first ball for a 4, Tamim Iqbal was dismissed in the very second ball by Mohit Sharma. India got the much needed wicket and very early in the innings and thus the game was on. Raina kept the momentum going by constantly motivating the bowlers and he led from the front with brilliant captaincy. Anamul Haque was dismissed in the 3rd over and Bangladesh were 2 down for 13. Then Mithun Ali and Mushfiqur Rahim steadied the Bangladeshi innings and were going on nicely. Binny struck the breakthrough for India in the 12th over and Rahim was dismissed thus. Then Mohit Sharma was brought to the attack and he came up with the captain’s expectations. Wickets fell in almost every over and Bangladesh were 8 down for just 56 runs. It was a stunning display of bowling by the Indian bowlers, specially by Mohit Sharma and Stuart Binny. Binny was magical with his swingers. He was swinging the ball perfectly and was almost unplayable. He took his 5th wicket in the form of Naser Hossain. He took another wicket to seal victory for his team.
Bangladesh was bundled for a score of 58 runs. It was stunning, and something more than that, bowling performance by Indian bowling and defending 105 runs in an ODI was never a matter of joke. Mohit Sharma took 4 wickets by giving just 22 runs in 8 overs and the man with the golden arm for the day, Stuart Binny’s figures were exceptional.
He gave 4 runs in 4.3 overs and took 6 wickets. That is simply terribly good. India thus seals the series and are in 2-0 lead in the 3 match ODI series.