About the Match
Bangladesh sealed a historic ODI series win against India by winning the second match by 6 wickets by D/L method; they will now try to make it a clean 3-0 sweep as they take on the vanquished men in blue in the 3rd ODI at Dhaka on 24th June. India suffered two shocking defeats consecutively and they will need to make a comeback here on Wednesday to redeem themselves; on the other hand, Bangladesh with its series win has qualified for the Champions Trophy, to be held in 2017 and will not look back from here on. The hosts will come out all guns blazing to keep the winning momentum going whereas India will try desperately to come out of this with a much-needed win; it will surely be interesting to see both sides trying to dominate the other from the very first ball.
Mustafizur Rahman did it yet again as he claimed 6-43 to trounce the Indian batsmen and help his country register a historic ODI series win against India; his perfection with the ball has provided Bangladesh with the required teeth to the bowling attack and he will continue to bring his A-game in the upcoming match too. Demolishing the opponent for just 200 runs in 45 overs, the bowlers gelled as a unit to stifle the Indians; Rubel Hossain and Nasir Hossain provided support as they took 2 wickets each. The target was achievable and the top order ensured to build the foundation and win the match with 54 balls remaining. The victory has surely given them the morale boost and nothing can stop this team from becoming a formidable force to reckon with in the times to come; they have talented batsmen like Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim and the all-rounder Shakib-Al-Hasan, who have all been performing well with the bat. The bowlers have polished their skills and have learnt how to outwit the Indian contingent on home soil; with the added psychological advantage of a series win, Bangladesh looks well placed to win the final match.
While Dhawan, Raina and Dhoni put up some fight against the Bangladeshi bowlers, others like Rohit, Rayudu and Axar Patel fell for ducks; the entire batting line-up collapsed in 45 overs for just 200 runs. It was a dismal effort yet again by the Indian batsmen, who had lost the first match failing to chase 307 runs. The bowlers had done well in the previous match by taking regular wickets but their lack of discipline led them to give away easy runs; Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar and Umesh Yadav were impressive in the first ODI but couldn’t repeat the performance on Sunday. Kulkarni, Jadeja and Raina provide the variety to the attack but they need to be consistent to give a tougher challenge to the hosts. Overall, the Indian contingent looks weary and seems to have run out of ideas to outwit the opponents; they will need to rise above their problems and push each other to win the next match if they want to earn redemption here.
India is hurt by the humiliating loss and will put its best foot forward to win the remaining match and Bangladesh which is on a high at the moment and will try go into higher gears to make mincemeat of the Indian batsmen. But keeping teams on paper in mind, Indian team is still stronger of the two and I expect them to deny the hosts major upset and get some of the lost pride back