3rd ODI: India set a daunting target of 318 for BaglaWash
The third and final ODI between India and Bangladesh is just a formality match. However, this match is considered as an opportunity for Bangladesh to “Banglawash” India, and for India it is just a match to avoid humiliation of losing three consecutive matches.
India started the innings on a positive note. But then Rohit and Virat throwed away their good starts, as Indian batting once again was under pressure. However, Shikhar Dhawan got going , mainly played anchor during the innings of 73. His 73 runs might just prove to be crucial.
After his departure Dhoni (69) and Rayudu (44 off 49) gradually rotated the strike, and was looking solid. But bad decision from umpire cut short a promising innings. A disappointed Rayudu left the pitch but he was apparently not happy over umpire’s decision. He was shocked.
India’s innings got derailed once again as Dhoni departed, soon after Rayudu, as his skier off Mashrafe was caught by Mustafizur. But, last minute on-slaught from Suresh Raina helped India to notch up 317 for six wickets on board.
Captain Mashrafe Mortaza worth a special mention here as he picked up 3 wickets including Dhoni and Rayudu in the middle of the Indian innings. But, he was hammered by Suresh Raina later in the innings. He finally finished with a figure – 10 over, 3 wickets, 76 runs.
Earlier, Bangladesh captain winning the toss asked India bat first. Indian opening duo Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma rotated their strike, scored 26 runs in first five over. Rohit opted to shift gear, he hit a huge six of Arafat Sunny in the sixth over. Later in the 7th over Rohit tried to go after Mustafizur, hit a four through the cover and deep mid-wicket region, but Mustafizur got his revenge as he dismissed him in the last delivery on the same over for the third time in this series.
India lost their first wicket when 39 runs were on the board. Vice captain Virat Kohli came in and sent Mustafizur for four through the mid wicket region. But, Virat again gifted away his wicket. Shakib bowled a slow and straight delivery pitching on leg-stump and Kohli went for the jugular- attempting a sweep, missed it and the ball went on to dislodge his leg stump, as Kohli walked back for 25 off 34 balls.
Sikhar Dhawan then lofted Nassir Hossain for a big six over long on. He was looking set for a hundred. But, Muasrafe Mortaza foxed him with a slow short pitch delivery. Nassir Hossain caught Shikhar’s pull at mid-wicket. Shikhar had to depart after playing an important 73 ball 75 run innings.
India at 153 for 3 were looking shaky as another the middle order collapse was looming ahead. But captain Dhoni coming at number four hit a big six off Nassir Hossain. A determined skipper scored a 77 ball 69 and built a valuable partnership with Ambati Rayudu who, as mentioned earlier in this piece, later become a victim of umpires wrong decision off the ball of Mashrafe Mortaza. Dhoni finally fell off Mashrafe at deep midwicket as Mustafizur grabbed brilliant driving catch.
India reached 200 at 36th over was on track for three hundred.
Both Dhoni and Rayudu showed patience on the pitch and punished loose deliveries whenever they got one.
Mashrafe scalped both of them. India’s hope for three hundred was almost dashed. But Suresh Raina’s cameo innings of 38 off 21 ball helped India to reach 317. But Mustafizur picked him up in 49th over.
Axar Patel joined Stuart Binny. Axar Patel hit a big six off Rubel Hossain in the last over which went for eleven run.
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