The second match of the 3-match ODI series between India and Bangladesh is being played in Dhaka. Bangladesh skipper decided to bat first after winning the toss at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur.
In the first match of this series, India had to face defeat by a margin of one wicket. Team India would like to win this match and equalize the series but host Bangladesh are in no mood to let the series slip of their hands.
First they set a target of 272 runs for India to chase and now the host are making Indian batter beg for single runs. In three overs, Men in Blue have just made just 13 runs, plus the team has lost its most precious wickets of opener Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan.
Mehidy Hasan! Man of the moment
Batting first, Bangladesh has set a target of 272 runs in front of India. Mehidy Hasan scored a fine century for Bangladesh. At the same time, Mahmudullah played a brilliant inning of 77 runs. Both of them shared a record partnership of 148 runs for the seventh wicket. In the end, Nasum Ahmed scored 18 runs in 11 balls to take his team’s score beyond 250 runs.
Batting first after winning the toss, Bangladesh did not have a good start. Enamul Haque got out after scoring just 11 runs. By this time Captain Liton Das could not even open his account. He then shared a 28-run partnership with Najmul Hasan Shanto, but Liton Das was also dismissed after scoring seven runs in 23 balls. After this, Bangladesh team kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Shanto at 21, Shakib Al Hasan at 8, Mushfiqur Rahim at 12 and Afif Hussain was dismissed without opening the account.
In 19 overs, Bangladesh had lost six wickets on the score of 69 runs. The Indian bowlers were in excellent touch with Washington Sundar taking three wickets. Siraj took two and Umran took one wicket. All the bowlers bowled economically, but after that Mehdi and Mahmudullah turned the match around. There was a 148-run partnership between the two for the seventh wicket. The pair first batted slowly to put on a half-century partnership and then scored quickly. These two took Bangladesh’s score from 69 to 217.
Skipper Rohit Sharma is retired hurt
Indian captain Rohit Sharma was injured while fielding in the second over of this match. He has injured his thumb. Bangladesh’s Enamul Haque gave an easy catch in the slip off Siraj’s ball, but Rohit could not catch it properly. The ball hit his thumb and soon blood started to flow out. He immediately left the field and was taken to the hospital for the scan. Rajat Patidar was seen fielding in his place. At the same time, Lokesh Rahul was captaining Team India.
Rohit’s injury has added to India’s woes as the skipper did not turn up for opening the Indian innings. The absence of captain Rohit can prove to be a big blow for India. However, it is not yet clear how serious Rohit’s injury is.