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PHOTOS: Bangladesh edge India in thriller to seal series

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Last updated on: December 07, 2022 20:41 IST
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Images from the second One-Day International between Bangladesh and India, in Mirpur, on Wednesday.

Bangladesh's players celebrate a wicket during the second ODI against India.

IMAGE: Bangladesh's players celebrate a wicket during the second ODI against India. Photograph: ICC/Twitter

India's shoddy batting display and the inability to land the killer blow contributed to their second successive series loss in Bangladesh after the diminutive Mehidy Hasan Miraz led the hosts to a five-run win in the second ODI with a memorable hundred in Mirpur on Wednesday. 

 

Miraz tormented the Indian bowlers on the way to his maiden century as Bangladesh staged a remarkable recovery to reach 271 for seven.

Chasing 272 for victory, India's challenge looked all over at 207 for seven but injured skipper Rohit Sharma's (51 not out off 28 balls) valiant effort went in vain as he nearly took his team home while batting with a split left webbing.

India needed a six off the final ball of the game but Mustafizur did well to perfect the yorker under pressure after bowling a slew of slow leg-breaks in the 48th over forcing Mohammed Siraj to play out a maiden.

Ebadot Hossain celebrates a wicket during the second ODI.

IMAGE: Ebadot Hossain celebrates a wicket during the second ODI. Photograph: ICC/Twitter

Bangladesh had also won their last ODI series at home back in 2015 when Mashrafe Mortaza's men got the better of M S Dhoni and Co.

This series loss also forces India to go back to the drawing board with the World Cup less than 12 months away.

At 65 for four, India were in dire straits before a spirted 101-ball 107-run stand between Shreyas Iyer (82 off 102) and Axar Patel (56 off 56) brought them back into the contest.

Captain Rohit did not come out to open after hurting his finger while fielding in Bangladesh's innings. It was only after the fall of seventh wicket, he decided to walk into the middle but clearly looked in discomfort.

It was a courageous call to come out with a heavily taped left thumb and Rohit provided a ray of hope hitting a couple of sixes and fours from Ebadot Hussain in the 46th over.

Shreyas Iyer bats during the second ODI.

IMAGE: Shreyas Iyer bats during the second ODI. Photograph: ICC/Twitter

Then two sixes off Mahmudullah in the 49th over brought the equation down to 20 from the final six balls. The wily Mustafizur was able to defend that after conceding two fours and a six.  

India's top-order struggled again with Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli, who came out to open in Rohit's absence, falling cheaply. While Kohli played an attempted pull on to his stumps with the ball not bouncing as per his expectations, Dhawan fell to a snorter from Mustafzur Rahman.

Both Washington Sundar (11 off 19) and K L Rahul (14 of 28) fell to poor shot selection.

Bangladesh

IMAGE: Mehidy Hasan Miraz forged a 148-run stand with Mahmudullah. Photograph: BCB/Twitter

Earlier, the diminutive Mehidy Hasan Miraz once again tormented the Indian bowlers on way to his maiden century as Bangladesh staged a remarkable recovery to reach 271 for seven in the second ODI in Mirpur on Wednesday.

India had Bangladesh on the mat at 69 for six before last match's hero Miraz (100 off 83 balls) stitched an epic 148-run partnership off 165 balls with Mahmudullah (77 off 96) to help the home team put up a fighting total.

It was the highest ever seventh-wicket stand against India.

Hehidy Hasan Miraz

Miraz saved his best for the 50th over when he smashed Shardul Thakur for couple of sixes, including a sweetly timed pick up shot, before reaching three figure-mark in the final ball of the innings.

The visitors had struggled to take the decisive last wicket in the series-opener and ran out of ideas on Wednesday as well after more than half of the Bangladesh line-up was sent back to the dressing room by the 19th over.

Miraz got a lot of his runs square of the wicket as his picked his gaps, especially against the spinners. He ended up with eight boundaries and four sixes.

Washington Sundar

IMAGE: Washington Sundar celebrates with teammates. Photograph: BCCI/Twitter

Mahmudullah too grew in confidence as his innings progressed. It took a brilliant one-handed catch from K L Rahul to dismiss him and end a memorable stand.

After Bangladesh opted to bat, Mohammad Siraj (2/73) troubled the batters with his incoming deliveries, Umran Malik (2/58) used his express pace to good effect while offie Washington Sundar (3/37) had them in discomfort with the extra bounce.

Mohammed Siraj

IMAGE: Mohammed Siraj celebrates the wicket of Anamul Haque. Photograph: BCCI/Twitter

Siraj got his revenge in the same over he was hit for back-to-back boundaries by Anamul Haque (11 off 9). The Indian pacer set up Haque with a couple of outswingers before bringing one back in to trap him in front of the stumps.

Siraj's next wicket came in the 10th over when the dangerous Litton Das (7 off 23) had no clue about his in-swinger from a good length.

Umran Malik

IMAGE: Umran Malik bagged two wickets. Photograph: BCCI/Twitter

Malik, coming into the side in place of injured Kuldeep Sen, tested the seasoned Shakib Al Hasan (8 off 20) with a barrage of short balls. It was an uncomfortable stay in the middle for Shakib who eventually fell to a spinner as he mistimed a slog sweep off Sundar.

Like Shakib, Najmul Hossan Shanto too was expecting some chin music but Malik bowled one at 151kmph on length and the southpaw was late on the ball to see his off-stump cartwheeling.

Mehidy and Mahumudullah got together in 20th over and change the course of the innings.

India captain Rohit Sharma suffered a nasty blow to his thumb early in the innings.

Standing at second slip, Rohit was left with a bloodied left-hand when he dropped Haque off Siraj in the fourth ball of the second over. He did come to ground after that and KL Rahul led the side in his absence. 

For India, Washington Sundar (3/37) was the most successful bowler, while Mohammed Siraj (2/73) and Umran Malik (2/58) also snapped two wickets each.

Chasing, Shreyas Iyer made 82 while Axar Patel scored a run-a-ball 56 but India fell short as they were restricted to 266 for nine in 50 overs.

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