19 June 2014
India takes series 2-0; final ODI abandoned
Rain has the final say after Bangladesh has visitors on the mat at 119 for 9 after 34.2 overs
India won the three-match ODI series 2-0 after the third game was abandoned due to rain.
Thursday (June 19) started promisingly for Bangladesh at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Mirpur after India opted to bat. The bowlers had India’s top order in a tangle, reducing it to 17 for 4 after 10 overs. Batting on the same pitch where India was bowled out for 105 in the second ODI, Robin Uthappa and Ajinkya Rahane chose to be circumspect and in effect, allowed the bowlers to dictate terms.
The bounce surprised Uthappa (5) as he ended up edging Mashrafe Mortaza to Nasir Hossain at slip. Rahane then fell in almost identical fashion in the next over off Al-Amin Hossain, the only difference being Nasir had to grab the catch above his head.
Not wanting to squander the advantage, Mushfiqur Rahim, the Bangladesh captain, wasted little time in bringing on Taskin Ahmed, the paceman who picked up 5 for 28 on debut on Tuesday. He repaid the faith immediately, snaring Ambati Rayudu with his first delivery.
Rain offered India a 10-minute respite, but nerves appeared to have got the better of Manoj Tiwary (2), who last played for India in August 2012. The ball was outside offstump and could have been left alone, but Tiwary poked his bat and edged to second slip.
Suresh Raina joined Cheteshwar Pujara at the crease, but just as the India captain struck three crisp fours off Al-Amin, the clouds turned noticeably darker. The players made their way off the field, this time for a longer delay, with India at 37 for 4 after 12.3 overs.
When play resumed two-and-a-half hours later with the match reduced to 40 overs a side, the lack of runs would have been playing on Raina’s mind. Though Raina has all but mastered the art of stealing a quick single that his partner Pujara hadn’t ever signed up for, that class seemed to escape him. He avoided an unnecessary run out, and thereafter played more risk-free cricket.
Bangladesh, realising the match was slowly drifting away from it, introduced Shakib Al Hasan in the 19th over and the move reaped rich dividends. Raina gloved the second ball from the bowler to Rahim down the legside, and was out for 25.
Shakib went on to dismiss Wriddhiman Saha and Pujara – whose 63-ball vigil brought him 27 runs – but the heavens opened up for a third time in the innings when the allrounder was bowling, denying him a chance to wrap up the innings with a four-for and Bangladesh an opportunity to register even a consolation win. By then, Stuart Binny had struck a few lusty blows on his way to an unbeaten 25 off 36 deliveries to follow up on his Indian record 6 for 4 in the previous game.
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