Binny’s six-for flattens dejected Bangladesh

Binny’s six-for flattens dejected Bangladesh

What else platform could have been better for Bangladesh. Debutant Taskin Ahmed bowling a ferocious spell of fast bowling, blowing away Indian batting line up with a five-for on an overcast, gloomy day.

Rightly so, Bangladesh had won the toss on a sunless day, asking India to bat first. Both sides bolstered their attacks by playing an extra seamer at the expense of a spinner. The third seamerfrom Bangladesh posed a lot of threat to the opposition. But no one really thought of Binny turning the tables for his side.

The conditions were conducive for the seamers which was vindicated by the ball one.

It was a rain curtailed match, and the game was reduced to 41 overs per side. Mashrafe Mortaza, the most experienced contender for Bangladesh, struck on the second ball of the first over in the match, trapping Ajinkya Rahane infront of the stumps. Rahane planted his front leg infront of the stumps and tried across the line to a length ball jagging back off the seam.

Binny’s six-for flattens dejected Bangladesh.(Photo: AFP)
Binny’s six-for flattens dejected Bangladesh.(Photo: AFP)

After a gap of rain interval which lasted for around two and a half hours, debutant Taskin Ahmed removed his first scalp – Robin Uthappa. Uthappa tried to pull a short one actually quite far away from him to pull and as a result he top edged it to the man at mid-off. Rayudu and Pujara were found pretty adjacent to the stumps, hence, falling lbw to Taskin Ahmed.

Raina’s quickfire 27 came to an end when the skipper had taken off his gloves and was holding them in his hands. This act might have diverted the skipper’s attention. Stuart Binny was caught off Taskin Ahmed’s bowling when he tried to slice a wide-ish delivery and in the end looked quite a weird looking stroke.

By the end of 25.3 overs, Indian batting was rolled over for 105 runs and considering the previous match, it was a terrific bowling effort from the hosts.

Bangladesh’s start to their innings was not ideal too with Tamim Iqbal clobbering Sharma on the first ball through covers, and the second ball trying to repeat the same stroke, but he ended up getting a thick edge through to the keeper.

Anamul Haque failed to impress too, playing an uppish drive to a short ball outside off stump straight to point.

Debutant Mithun Ali who was picked instead of Mominul Haque added a 31 run partnership for the fourth wicket with Mushfiqur Rahim, before the skipper was caught behind off Binny’s bowling.

Mithun Ali would have been utterly disappointed with the shot he played because the ball was on the pads and he could have flicked it anywhere but instead he lobbed it straight to square leg. On the very next nut, Mahmudullah sliced a friendly full delivery to Rayudu at gully position.

Shakib, probably received the ball of the day from Mohit, when a length ball fired across the stumps did a fraction too much off the surface and the veteran all-rounder tried it to defend towards the cover, but he ended up nickingit to the keeper. After this dismissal, Bangladesh were down and out, reeling on 52/6.

There was no one stopping Binny from clinching the best figures by an Indian bowler in the ODI’s i.e. 4/6, folding Bangladesh for mere 58 runs who at one stage were 44/3. Most importantly, he gave his side an unassailable lead in this 3 match ODI series.

And yet, Bangladesh are still to win an ODI this year. Bangladesh promptly need someone to stop this rot.