Bangladesh clinch series and seal Champions Trophy spot!

The 19 year-old Mustafizur was the hero for Bangladesh again in the second ODI, where Bangladesh had historic win and clinched the ongoing 3 match ODI series with India. The win also got them a spot in the Champions Trophy 2017 which is set to take place in England & Wales. Mustafizur Rahman ripped the Indian batting order with a six-wicket haul and helped Bangladesh to register their first ever bilateral series win against India. His 6 for 43 is the second best figures by a Bangladesh bowler in ODIs. India were bowled out for 200, and Shakib Al Hasan steered the chase his second fifty on the trot.

India won the toss and elected to bat first, but they were off to a poor start. Rohit Sharma was dismissed for none in the very first over of the match. Dhawan and Kohli added 74 runs for the second wicket. Dhawan scored a fifty and edged a delivery off Nasir Hossain. Kohli was gifted with a free hit when Taskin Ahmed overstepped. With no chance of getting out caught or bowled, scoops, glides, ramps and reverse pulls become the norm when playing a free hit. But Virat Kohli played just back foot defence to point. Maybe he just forgot it was a free hit. Later, Nasir Hossain trapped Kohli in front for 23.

To everybody’s surprise, MS Dhoni came in at No. 4, and played the anchor role. He came out at No. 4 after three years. Dhoni’s personal batting at No. 4 is outstanding. He has an average of 72 and has scored 936 runs in 19 matches. Rahane was benched and Rayudu was given an opportunity to seal a spot in team, but the Mumbai Indian was dismissed for a duck. Dhoni and Raina repaired the innings with a 53-run stand. The Captain played a controlled innings and scored 47 before he was caught at short cover off a slow off-cutter from Mustafizur.

Rain reduced the match to a 47-over contest, and India did not last long after the break. They were bowled out for 200 in 45 overs. Chasing 200 off the revised 47 overs under the Duckworth-Lewis method, Bangladesh gave a clinical performance to post a six-wicket win with plenty to spare. Indian captain M.S. Dhoni provided more depth to the side by effecting three changes — Ajinkya Rahane, Mohit Sharma and Umesh Yadav were replaced Ambati Rayudu, Axar Patel and Dhawal Kulkarni. However, the changes did not help the side to pull off a win against the enthusiastic Bangladesh. The win also sealed the team’s spot in the 2017 Champions Trophy, and the players marked the achievement with manic celebrations.

Bangladesh, for the first time, have won two consecutive ODIs vs India. With two consecutive victories in the current series, Bangladesh have won ten ODIs on the trot in Bangladesh — five vs Zimbabwe, three vs Pakistan and two vs India — between November 21, 2014 and June 21, 2015.

Dhoni was posed with questions regarding his captaincy in the post-match conference. MS Dhoni combatively said he is ready to step aside as India’s captain if that guarantees success, but his reign as India’s limited-overs captain appears to be under no real immediate threat.

Dhoni was speaking in the aftermath of India’s first-ever bilateral series defeat to Bangladesh when he responded in an uncharacteristic manner, seeking to suggest he is blamed for everything that is wrong with Indian cricket and that “if you remove me and the Indian cricket will start doing really well, and if I am the reason for all the bad that is happening to Indian cricket, definitely I would love to step away and play as a player”.

As for Dhoni, he will want to make sure India win the last game of the season and avoid a whitewash in the current series. And he is the best bet until the 2016 World T20 which is set to take place in India in March.


Tarun Srikanth
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