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Well, right from the moment this 3 ODI series was announced, strange reactions were seen in many of the write ups. Especially considering the fact that key Indian players were not in the squad. Suresh Raina, who is leadin
Well, right from the moment this 3 ODI series was announced, strange reactions were seen in many of the write ups. Especially considering the fact that key Indian players were not in the squad. Suresh Raina, who is leading the team, also became a target for critics. Many questioned the very purpose of sending a weak team to Bangladesh.
But many of the fans believe that every single opportunity counts, especially for the youngsters. There is no doubt the our bowling attack on this tour is not very effective, as a number of bowlers do not have any exposure to their credit. But then, those who were saying that this is going to be a one-sided event in favour of India, might have noticed that when playing on their own turf, any team can prove deadly.
The target of 273 runs set by Bangladesh proves the point. No doubt, the track record of India against Bangladesh is outstanding, with 22 wins out of 26 ODIs played (prior to today’s match).
The young Indian bowlers could not do too well. Debutants Rasool and Patel were quite expensive. Even the experienced Amit Mishra was hammered by Shakib and Mushfiqur. India also lost Mohit Sharma to injury. Yadav picked up three wickets but proved expensive. Overall, it was not a great bowling effort, although this is merely a learning curve.
In reply, India had a steady start. Soon, India reached 42 without loss after the 7th over.Robin Uthappa has got a chance after along wait of 6 years and he made it count with a fifty. But then a long rain delay came about. The fans were hoping for the weather to clear and it finally did. India got a revised target of 150 in 26 overs. When play resumed, India lost Pujara early. Pujara, for all his success in tests, has made 2 ducks now in his 3 ODIs.
The match seemed to be more of a contest as runs were hard to come by. The pitch started turning after the rain delay and the batsmen were troubled. Rahane kept accumulating the singles and doubles, soon reaching his fifty. Rayudu gave him good support and the two of them built a decent partnership. India were coasting towards the win at this stage. Although there were a couple of close run out chances and LBW appeals, these two hung on.
With just 15 needed for the win, Rahane played a rash shot and lost his wicket. Raina came to the crease and found it difficult to score. But in the end India got there, winning by 7 wickets.