In another nail-biting thriller on Wednesday, Bangladesh defeated India by five runs to take a 2-0 lead in the three-match series. Skipper Rohit Sharma, who suffered injuries to his left thumb and index finger while trying to make a catch at second slip during fielding, showed great bravery and fortitude.
After leaving the field due to an injury, Rohit returned to the batting order at No. 9. Still, he could not lead India to victory against Bangladesh in the second One-Day International at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka. In his ferocious knock, Rohit struck three fours and five sixes.
Mustafizur Rahman did well to perfect the yorker under pressure after bowling a string of sluggish leg-breaks in the 48th over that forced Mohammed Siraj to play out a maiden. Rohit needed six runs off the final ball, but he couldn’t get the ball over the line off Rahman.
With the victory, Bangladesh defeated Team India in a home ODI series for the second time in a row. Bangladesh has defeated India in two straight series after defeating them in an ODI series by a score of 2-0 back in 2015.
Bangladesh prevailed in the first ODI by one wicket at the exact location.
Mehidy Hasan Miraz, who chose to bat, hit his first ODI century and had a 148-run stand with Mahmudullah Riyadh to help Bangladesh, which had been reduced to 69 for six in 19 overs, to a problematic total of 271/7.
The seventh-wicket stand against India was the greatest it had ever been.
For India, Mohammed Siraj (2/73) and Umran Malik (2/58) each claimed two wickets, with Washington Sundar (3/37) having the most success.
India’s openers Virat Kohli (5) and Shikhar Dhawan (8) were lost early while chasing 272. After that, Shreyas Iyer took control of the game, scoring 82 runs off six fours and three sixes, while Axar Patel added 56 runs at the rate of one run per ball, but India ultimately fell short as they were held to 266 for nine in 50 overs.
While a snorter struck Dhawan from Mustafizur, Kohli failed to pull the ball onto his stumps.
Shakib Al Hasan (2/39) and Miraz (2/46) each took two wickets for Bangladesh, while Ebadot Hossain (3/45) claimed three.
Before Miraz (100 off 83 balls) and Mahmudullah (77 off 96) sewed an incredible 148-run partnership off 165 balls to help the home team set up a fighting total, India had Bangladesh on the mat at 69 for six.
Once more, Miraz is the hero.
When Shardul Thakur bowled the 50th over, Miraz reserved his best shots and smacked him for a few sixes, including a perfectly timed pick-up shot, before hitting the three-figure milestone with the penultimate pitch of the innings.
In the first game of the series, the visitors had trouble getting the game-winning final wicket, and they ran out of options on Wednesday after more than half of the Bangladeshi lineup was removed by the 19th over.
Miraz often scored runs close to the wicket by picking his gaps, especially while playing spinners. He finished with four sixes and eight boundaries. Mahmudullah, too gained self-assurance as his innings went on. It took a stunning one-handed grab from K L Rahul to dismiss him and finish a memorable stand.
Pacemen Mohammad Siraj (2/73) plagued the hitters with his approaching deliveries; and Umran Malik (2/58) utilized his express pace to good effect. At the same time, offie Washington Sundar (3/37) had them uncomfortable with the extra bounce.
After being hit by Anamul Haque for back-to-back boundaries, Siraj got his comeuppance in the same over (11 from 9). The Indian pacer set up Haque with a few outswingers before being caught in front of the stumps with a backswing.
The dangerous Litton Das (7 from 23), who was Siraj’s next victim; failed to read his in-swinger from a reasonable length in the 10th over.
With a torrent of short balls, Malik, who replaced the injured Kuldeep Sen in the lineup; put the seasoned Shakib Al Hasan to the test (8 from 20). Shakib had difficulty remaining in the middle and eventually lost to a spinner after mistiming a slog sweep off Sundar.
Najmul Hossain Shanto, like Shakib, was hoping for some chin music; but Malik delivered one on length at 151 kph; and the southpaw was late to the ball to see his off-stump spinning.
In the 20th over, Mehidy and Mahumudullah teamed together to alter the inning’s trajectory.
Brief scores: India 266/8 (Shreyas Iyer 82, Axar Patel 56, Rohit Sharma 51*; Ebadot Hossain 3-45) was defeated by Bangladesh 271/7 (Mehidy Hasan 100*, Mahmudullah 77; Washington Sundar 3-37) by five runs.