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Nasir Hossain single-handedly defeats India ‘A’ with his 102 and 5 for 36
Bangladesh “A” leveled the three matches unofficial ODI series against India “A” at Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore today with a remarkable performance.
In the first match, India defeated Bangladesh by 96 runs. In the second match, Bangladesh defeated India by 65 runs.
Nasir Hossain, who scored 52 runs in the first match, produced an outstanding all-round performance as he coming at no. 7 to score a brilliant match defining unbeaten 102, followed by his five-wicket haul which bamboozled India as they were all out for 187 runs to level the series and keep the excitement in the series as the final match is scheduled on September 20 in Bangalore.
India ‘A’ captain Unmukt Chand winning the toss asked Bangladesh to bat. It was a nightmare start for Bangladesh as they lost their first wicket in the first over of the innings without any score as opener Rony Talukdar edged Rush Kalaria that went to the hands of wicket-keeper Sanju Samson.
India ‘A’ bowler Rishi Dhawan then wrecked havoc on Bangladesh ‘A’ top order. Bangladesh was dragged to 87 for 5. The same thing happened to them in the first match as well. Bangladesh top order failed. But, in the first match Gurakeerat Singh did not let Nasser Hossain, Litton Das to grow their partnership.
This time, Litton Das’s crucial 45 runs innings provided crucial assistance to Hossain. Although, when Litton was picked up by Rishi Dhawan, Bangladesh were 150 for 6, far way from 253, Bangladesh’s target for India.
Hossain kept his innings going after the departure of Das. He played a blitzkrieg cameo innings of 102 off 96 balls with 12 boundaries and one six to give Bangladesh a competitive total. Hossain built two small partnerships. First a 50 partnership with Arafat Sunny, who provided an important assistance to Hossain with his 17 runs innings. There was another 40 run partnership with Rubel Hossain, who was not out on 9 runs.
Chasing the target of 253, India was 119 for 2 in 28 over. But, middle-order fell like a pack of cards inside 68 runs.
Nasir Hossain gave Bangladesh the much-needed breakthrough when Unmukt Chand (56) and Manish Pandey (36) were in full flow. As their second wicket partnership came to an end, except Gurkeerat Singh (34) the resistance did not come from anyone, not even from experienced Suresh Raina, who failed once again in this match and rang the alarm bell just before the South Africa series, starting on October 2 in Dharamsala.
Rubel Hossain is another consistent Bangladesh pacer, who took four wickets and kept the pressure on from the other end as off-spinner Nasir Hossain was unplayable for Indian batsman.
The match gave India a grim reminder of India’s 2-1 series defeat to Bangladesh in June, this year.
Brief score: Bangladesh ‘A’ 252/ 8 (Nasir Hossain 102, Liton Das 45, Anamul Haq 34, Rishi Dhawan 3 for 44, Karan Sharma 2 for 40)
India ‘A’: 187/ 10 (Unmukt Chand 56, Manish Pandey 36, Gurkeerat Singh 34, Nasir Hossain 5 for 36, Rubel Hossain 4 for 33)