Thursday, June 25, 2015

A Relief after Bangla-Wash for Team India

MIRPUR (Dhaka): The relief of avoiding 'Banglawash' was writ large on the faces of Indian players after they posted a 77-run victory over Bangladesh in the third and final ODI at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Wednesday. The hosts won the series 2-1.
The fact that Suresh Raina was once again the best bowler on the night summed up India's effort with the ball. Bangladesh batsmen's bold attempt to overhaul India's substantial tally of 317/6 ended at 240 in 47 overs.

Needing over six runs an over to complete a Banglawash, the hosts were off to a brisk start despite losing opener Tamim Iqbal cheaply. The free-stroking Soumya Sarkar hit five boundaries and two sixes in a quickfire 40 off 34 balls before becoming Dhawal Kulkarni's second victim.

With Umesh Yadav - returning in place of Bhuvneshwar Kumar - bowling like a novice and Stuart Binny (a surprise choice to replace Jadeja) and R Ashwin also failing to make any impression in his first spells, Litton Das and Mushfiqur Rahim brought up the 100 of the innings in 15.1 overs.

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