The Indians ended their dismal tour of Bangladesh in style as they defeated the hosts by 77 runs in the third ODI in Mirpur. Nonetheless, the Bangladeshis took the honours as they won the historic ODI series by the scoreline of 2-1. This was Bangladesh’s first ever bilateral series win against India. There surely will be some wild celebrations in Dhaka as the hosts have rewritten history.
The Indians though, can trudge back with a satisfactory performance as they finally got back to winning ways. The MS Dhoni led side will reflect and learn a lot from this ODI series.
In this article, we assess the performances of Indian players through the report card below for the third ODI against Bangladesh –
1. Shikhar Dhawan (8.5/10):
Dhawan had a memorable series as he was hardly troubled by the Bangladeshi bowlers. In the third ODI, Dhawan played an extremely responsible knock of 75. It was due to his solid start at the top that the Indians could build on a platform. Dhawan was dismissed on a ball which should have been dispatched to the fence. There is always the scope for improvement when Dhawan is concerned.
2. Rohit Sharma (4/10):
Sharma was profusely aggressive in the third ODI as he took the aerial route on a few occasions. The way he was batting, he seemed to be eyeing yet another big score in ODI cricket. Things went south for Rohit when he played a loose shot off a Mustafizur Rahman delivery outside the off stump. A little more patience would have been far more fruitful.
3. Virat Kohli (2.5/10):
Kohli would be glad that his tour of Bangladesh finally came to an end. The Indian run machine had a difficult patch in the Bangladesh ODI’s and looked out of sorts. In the third ODI as well, Kohli struggled while batting. But the graver matter was that he found it difficult to get going against the spinners. This will be a much needed break for the Indian star.
4. MS Dhoni (8/10):
The Indian captain proved his detractors wrong once again, who opposed the decision of him batting at no.4. Dhoni played a brilliant innings as he held the Indian batting together. The way he played and negotiated Mustafizur, it was simply brilliant. Dhoni during the third ODI looked like an artist at work. It was due to his knock of 69, that a collapse was averted.
5. Ambati Rayudu (8/10):
Rayudu was just about to accelerate when he was given out on a howler by the umpire. Rayudu assisted Dhoni efficiently and milked the singles with ease. His knock of 44 was simply priceless as it allowed the Indian skipper to ease himself up. He can consider himself unlucky, to be given out on a dubious decision.
6. Suresh Raina (9.5/10):
Raina truly displayed what a true all rounder meant! After playing a superb cameo and propelling India to 317, Raina delivered with the ball as well. The UP batsman made 38 off just 21 as he went all guns blazing. With the ball, Raina struck thrice and was the deserving winner of the Man of the Match award.
7. Stuart Binny (6/10):
Binny did not have an extra ordinary outing, but would be satisfied with his efforts. He came out to bat during the death overs and played a scratchy, but a valuable knock of 17 off 11. He didn’t middle the deliveries, but got a couple of boundaries. While bowling, he was taken to the cleaners by Soumya Sarkar. Binny though, came back strongly as he dismissed the set Sabbir Rahman.
8. Axar Patel (7/10):
The move to persist with Axar paid off well as the southpaw didn’t disappoint one bit. He hit a monstrous six while batting and did well with the ball. Axar bowled extremely well as he maintained the pressure with his accuracy. The left arm spinner bowled 9 overs and struck once while conceding 44 runs. He surely should be given more chances.
9. R. Ashwin (8.5/10):
Ashwin once again was the pick of the Indian bowlers. He bowled with great guile and foxed all the Bangladeshi batsmen with his arsenal. Currently, he is India’s best bowler in the shorter formats. Ashwin gave away just 35 runs in his ten overs while he struck twice.
10. Dhawal Kulkarni (8.5/10):
By the end of the third ODI, Kulkarni left a very positive impression. Kulkarni troubled the Bangladeshi top order batsmen to a great extent, while the openers went berserk. Kulkarni swung the ball well and his accuracy was outstanding. The Indian management will surely provide Kulkarni with more opportunities in the near future.
11. Umesh Yadav (3/10):
Umesh would be glad that his tour of Bangladesh came to an end. India’s leading wicket taker from the World Cup struggled miserably and was hammered by the Bangladeshi batsmen. In the four overs he bowled, Yadav gave away 33 runs. He surely needs to get more efficient with the ball.