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Raina leads all-round India to 77-run win

Half-centuries from Dhawan and Dhoni and great spells from Kulkarni and Ashwin help visitor end tour of Bangladesh on a high

Raina leads all-round India to 77-run win - Cricket News
The Indian team celebrates the dismissal of Soumya Sarkar during the 3rd ODI.
India put up its best showing of the series in the third and final One-Day International against Bangladesh, to run away with a 77-run victory after the batsmen had powered it to 317 for 6 – the highest score of the series.
 
The win meant the series ended 2-1 in favour of Bangladesh – its first-ever bilateral series win against its neighbours.
 
India put up its best batting performance, helmed by Shikhar Dhawan’s fluency at the top, MS Dhoni’s counter-punching in the middle and a late flourish led by Suresh Raina, who had a fine all-round day. Bangladesh stayed in the match for half of its chase on Wednesday (June 24) at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Mirpur, before ending at 240 all out in 47 overs.
 
India had been sent in to bat under overcast skies, but the rain that threatened never came down. Dhawan (75 off 73) kept things ticking at the top and Dhoni (69 off 77) played a crucial role in preventing a mid-innings collapse. The last nine overs realised 85 runs.
 
The batsmen were focussed, beginning with the Rohit Sharma-Dhawan pairing at the top. Both batsmen gave respect to the bowling where due on a slowish surface, but didn’t let the scoring rate stagnate.
 
Rohit seemed to be reading Mustafizur Rahman rather better, but eventually fell to a poor shot, Mustafizur getting him for the third time in three ODIs. In the seventh over, he cracked the ball to the cover boundary, judged the next one nicely to leave it alone, but threw his bat at the next delivery for an edge to Litton Das behind the stumps. Rohit left for a run-a-ball 29, with India 39 for 1 in seven overs.
 
Dhawan then took over the mantle of keeping the scoreboard moving. His punches through the offside were a treat, and one flowed nearly every over. Dhawan and Virat Kohli were going well when another ill-advised shot brought a wicket. Kohli tried to slog-sweep Shakib Al Hasan, but the ball connected with timber, leaving India 114 for 2 in the 20th over. 


 
The decisive moment came when Dhoni strode out at No. 4 and took charge of the situation. After a couple of overs in which he assessed the conditions, he launched into Nasir Hossain for a six and a four in the 23rd over. He picked runs off the others too, hammering Shakib to the mid-wicket fence and pulling Rubel Hossain for fours.
 
With Dhawan fluent as ever and Dhoni asserting himself, India had overcome the mid-innings jitters, but their 44-run stand at better than a run-a-ball was broken when Bangladesh, and Mashrafe Mortaza, was gifted a wicket. A rank long hop that Dhawan could have deposited anywhere wasn’t timed well, and Nasir took a sharp overhead catch at midwicket.
 
Dhawan’s dismissal made Dhoni more circumspect. But he found the perfect man to rebuild in Ambati Rayudu. The feature of their partnership was how well they ran between the wickets, keeping the scoreboard moving briskly even if boundaries didn’t come. Rayudu hit only three fours in his 49-ball stay, but still got 44 runs. His innings ended when he was adjudged caught behind off Mortaza and their stand was cut short having realised 93 runs in 100 balls, with only six fours along the way.
 
Raina walked into a comfortable situation for the first time in the series at 251 for 4 in 43.3 overs, and played a mini gem, picking boundaries off in vintage style. He hit Rubel and Mortaza into the stands, placing the ball deftly. He fell to Mustafizur in the penultimate over, but Stuart Binny and Axar Patel hit a few beefy shots of their own to push the total along.
 
Mustafizur, who ended the series with a record 13 wickets, was kept to 2 for 57 in his ten overs this time – perhaps the best indication of India’s batsmen finally finding their feet.
 
Faced with a tall chase, Soumya Sarkar came out all guns blazing, the early dismissal of Tamim Iqbal shrugged off. But Sarkar became a victim of his own impetuosity, toe-ending Dhawal Kulkarni to mid-on after a 34-ball 40 whose elegance and audacity promised a bright future for the 22-year-old. The wicketkeeping combine of Das and Mushfiqur Rahim kept Bangladesh in the hunt with a 50-run stand, but once both fell in quick succession, the match was headed only one way.
 
Bangladesh had gone from 112 for 2 in the 19th over to 118 for 4 in the 22nd, and with two new batsmen, Dhoni applied the stranglehold. Raina was used in two-over spells, two of which netted the big wickets of Mushfiqur and Shakib. He would come back later to claim a third, his 3 for 45 the best figures of the day on either side. R Ashwin was as parsimonious and penetrating as ever, while Kulkarni showed a verve and zip that the new-ball bowlers had lacked so far in the series.
 
All Bangladesh’s hopes were extinguished when Sabbir Rahman was bowled by Binny for 43, ending a 49-run partnership with Nasir that had come off only 38 balls. At 197 for 6, Bangladesh needed 121 from 17.1 overs with all the top six gone. It looked an impossible task, and proved to be such. Though the tail kept India out on the field for as long as it could, the only question was what the margin of defeat was going to be.
 
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