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Brilliant Binny helps India defend 105

Allrounder takes 6 for 4 to return best ODI figures for India as Bangladesh bowled out for 58

Brilliant Binny helps India defend 105 - Cricket News
Indian players celebrate after the dismissal of Nasir Hossain.

Whoever said a good game is a quick game may not necessarily have had in mind the kind of fare that was served up at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka on Tuesday (June 17).

Sensational would be a better way of describing what happened, as 20 wickets tumbled for 163 runs in only 43.1 overs.

Only six players reached double figures with India winning by 47 runs to secure the series with Thursday’s third and final One-Day International still to play.

Stuart Binny was the hero of the evening with the best figures in India’s ODI history, his 6 for 4 from 4.4 overs wrecking Bangladesh and eclipsing the 21-year old mark of Anil Kumble, whose 6 for 12 helped India beat West Indies in Kolkata in 1993.

Binny along with Mohit Sharma (4 for 22) ensured India won the match with plenty to spare, humbling the hosts for just 58 in only 17.4 overs – equaling its lowest ever ODI total – something that seemed scarcely believable at the halfway stage.

At that point India, in bowler-friendly conditions with a fresh pitch, humidity and cloud cover and in a match reduced to 41 overs per side because of rain, had subsided to 105 all out from just 25.3 overs as teenager Taskin Ahmed had himself wrought havoc with 5 for 28, the best figures by a Bangladesh bowler on ODI debut.

True, conditions were tough for the batsmen with the ball jagging around, but it was impossible to escape the conclusion that many of the dismissals owed most to a lack of application.

That was especially the case in the Bangladesh innings as the last eight wickets tumbled for a remarkable 14 runs to extend the home side’s losing streak in this form of the game to nine matches.

It all bore an uncanny resemblance to a match at the same venue in February when Sri Lanka got out of jail to win another rain-shortened match having been 67 for 8 batting first.

As for India, it will be pinching itself at the result with Binny in particular likely to dine out on what happened for years to come. Even more remarkable, in his third match, the wickets were his first in ODIs.

It was Mohit who made the early incisions in the Bangladesh line-up, although he received generous assistance courtesy of a wild stroke from Tamim Iqbal (4) and an indeterminate one from Anamul Haque (0).

Mithun Ali (26), another debutant, and Rahim (11) then set about repairing the damage and took the score to an apparently comfortable 44 for 2 until the captain glanced Binny into the hands of Wriddhiman Saha – one of four catches for him – and that opened the floodgates.

Binny ran up, presented the seam and got a movement either way at brisk medium pace, and the Bangladesh batsmen fell in a heap, the pressure and lack of confidence doing their part.

Shakib Al Hasan (4) succumbed to a wicked lifter from Mohit and Mashrafe Mortaza (2) got a ball from Binny that swung in and seamed away, but otherwise it was a sorry procession.

The saddest part of the whole affair for the home side was not simply the defeat but the fact that it robbed Taskin of a large slice of the glory after he produced his own brilliant display of seam bowling.

With an upright seam and a great wrist position as well as handy pace, Taskin mesmerised the Indian batsmen and fully deserved his figures, producing a display that will have his side’s newly-appointed bowling coach Heath Streak, the former Zimbabwe captain, licking his lips at the youngster’s potential.

But, in truth, India’s winning margin disguised some modest batting by the visitors. Ajinkya Rahane (0) planted his front foot to fall leg before to the second ball of the match from Mortaza. Uthappa (14) became Taskin’s maiden ODI wicket soon after the resumption following a two-and-a-half hour rain break, miscuing a pull to mid-off. There was significant seam movement on offer, but there was also a hint of carelessness to some dismissals.

Suresh Raina had cruised to 27 – what turned out to be the highest score of the match – when he was run out at the non-striker’s end looking for a second to backward square leg. Raina only had himself to blame too, having turned blind because, by carrying his gloves in his left hand, he was unable to transfer the bat and allow himself to keep sight of the ball.

There were five leg-before dismissals in the first innings – an India record – and it took some lusty blows by Umesh Yadav (17) to take India beyond three figures. But in the end, sensationally, that proved to be more than enough for victory as the home side matched its low-water mark set against West Indies in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 on the same ground three years ago.