Bangladesh v India, 2nd ODI, Mirpur

Binny 6 for 4, India defend 105

The Report by Siddarth Ravindran

June 17, 2014

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India 105 (Taskin 5-28) beat Bangladesh 58 (Binny 6-4, Mohit 4-22) by 47 runs
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Swinging Binny stuns Bangladesh

Who would be interested in a hastily-organised, meaningless bilateral ODI series taking place in the shadow of the football World Cup, that too with several of the game's biggest stars being rested. Judging from the vast swathes of empty stands in the usually packed Mirpur stadium, and the struggles to get a television broadcaster in India, not many. Those who did tune in today though caught one of those gobsmacking, prediction-defying results that make sport captivating to watch.

Two days ago, Bangladesh posted 272 in Mirpur and their captain had felt that had not been sufficient. Today, at the same ground, India were knocked over for 105, but that not only proved sufficient, it was 47 too many for Bangladesh. Pacy teenage debutant Taskin Ahmed was the star of the first half of the game, with a five-for that kept India to their lowest total against Bangladesh, but that faded into insignificance as Stuart Binny conjured figures of 6 for 4 to extend the home side's losing streak to nine.

On a track with plenty of juice, spiced up further by a rain burst that interrupted play for two-and-a-half hours, the quicks thoroughly enjoyed themselves. This is not a stadium which is usually favourable to them, but today the pitch was as helpful as an early-summer Headingley surface, with spiteful deliveries being served up with alarming regularity.


Stuart Binny's 6 for 4 was the best ODI figures for India, Bangladesh v India, 2nd ODI, Mirpur, June 17, 2014
Stuart Binny's 6 for 4 was the best ODI figures for India © AFP
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The batsmen found how testing the conditions would be on the first two balls of the game itself as Mashrafe Mortaza nearly had both India openers lbw, though the appeal against Robin Uthappa was turned down. It didn't get any easier over the course of the game, and no batsman looked comfortable in the middle, though hardly any of them showed the necessary resolve to grind through their way through tough patches.

After Taskin's burst, Bangladesh seemed set for victory as they survived some nervy moments to get to 39 for 2. Enter Binny, whose gentle medium-pace - which was granted only one over by MS Dhoni on Binny's debut - turned into vicious, unplayable swing. He had Mithun Ali beaten twice in his first over, before the torrent of wickets began that transformed the day into the highlight of his career.

Mushfiqur Rahim edged to the keeper down the leg side in his second over, and the other settled batsman, Ali, flicked a catch to square leg in his third. One ball later, Mahmudullah tried an expansive drive away from his body to be caught at gully. At 50 for 5 in the 14th over, Bangladesh nerves began to jangle.

At the other end, Mohit Sharma struck twice in the 15th, first with a ripsnorter that reared and swerved away to send back Bangladesh's best batsman Shakib Al Hasan, and later when Ziaur Rahman's attempted slog only reached as far as the fielder at square leg. The four wickets in eight balls had virtually killed off the chase. It took Binny a couple more overs to finish off the game, and upgrade his figures to the best by an Indian in ODIs.

Briefly, Taskin had a chance of getting the best bowling by a Bangladeshi in ODIs. He had to settle for third on that list, but the performance justified the hype that heralded his arrival to the one-day stage. He showed off his confidence by banging in a bouncer on his first ball in ODI cricket. Another short ball got rid of the in-form Uthappa, who top-edged a pull to mid-off for 14, and he had Ambati Rayudu lbw in his next over. A delighted Taskin chest-bumped Mashrafe in celebration as India wobbled at 28 for 3.

Both bowlers were getting the ball to swerve around dramatically, but neither were tempted to experiment too much by the juice in the surface as they served up plenty of spiteful deliveries. If India could have chosen two men to counter the situation, they would have backed the technically correct Cheteshwar Pujara and the vastly experienced Suresh Raina. Pujara was watchful, surviving some nervy moments early, while Raina was more aggressive as Bangladesh's quicks dropped it too short against him.

Just when Pujara seemed to be settling down, Taskin got one to jag past Pujara's defence to get him lbw. Wriddhiman Saha then joined the list of batsmen today to be lbw attempting to play the ball in the region of midwicket. Raina had been the most impressive of India's batsmen, but he was run out after a uncharacteristically lacklustre attempt at a second. That dismissal came on Stuart Binny's first ball and left India at 66 for 6 in the 17th over.

There were still 24 overs to go, but India's lower-order didn't show the cricketing nous to stick around, especially with the rain clouds hovering. India lost their two allrounders cheaply: Akshar Patel was bowled after hitting two of his five deliveries for boundaries and Binny nicked a wide one to the keeper. The tailenders swung their bat around and managed to get India to triple digits, before Binny produced the performance that this low-profile series is likely to be remembered by.

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by wapuser on (June 19, 2014, 9:48 GMT)

Congrats to binny from PAKISTAN , but he has yet to perform against better players of the world,g.luck for it.

BD guys are good players but still don't know why they still lack that world stage maturity ,they are playing for quite some time now, seems BD board is an empty vessel just making noise that we r doing this and that but doing nothing to improve at nursery level. Australia/RSA ARE best example for nurturing younger lot for bigger arena

Posted by   on (June 19, 2014, 1:54 GMT)

@electric_loco_WAP4: You team is not even winning mate. That's why you are telling these sought of things mate.

Posted by   on (June 19, 2014, 1:51 GMT)

@chin-music: You team does not even win on flat tracks man. Lost 5-0 two times in India on flat tracks. You cannot even win the champions trophy on your own backyard chasing 130 runs

Posted by CricketChat on (June 19, 2014, 1:05 GMT)

When will Indian selectors realize Pujara is not suitable for short formats. Even Kings XI ran out of patience and dropped him for good during the 2nd half of their campaign in recent IPL. He is only suited to test cricket where he has the luxury of playing himself in for a session or two before thinking of scoring any runs. He puts so much pressure on rest of batsmen around him that they end up getting to rash shots to keep up the scoring rate. There were several younger players who flourished in recent IPL. Why can't they be tried instead of Pujara?

Posted by TRAM on (June 19, 2014, 0:20 GMT)

Wasim akram trained Umesh uh? Wasim would have shed blood for this performance from Umesh. So many deliveries on the pads .... Mohit and later Binny were picking wickets at the other end. All Umesh had to do was pitch the ball in the right line and length. And he could not execute the basics.

Posted by   on (June 18, 2014, 18:22 GMT)

plzzz binny was lucky even mohit could have got 6 wickets I have nothing against him

Posted by JustIPL on (June 18, 2014, 17:44 GMT)

Both Taskin and Binny were very lucky to get the rain advantage while both batting lineups looked equally ineffective due to both of these guys. Taskin impressed in his first outing while Binny has been around for a while with mixed bag of performances.

Posted by   on (June 18, 2014, 17:21 GMT)

In last t20 world cup in a commentary Sourav Ganguly told that BD pitches need to be grass on and domestic cricket must play under quality pitches not flat lower wickets. Current BD players problem is actually they do not know what to do in difficult or pressure situations (low moral, losing tend ). that's why BCB should prepare tough difficult tracks all over BD domestic cricket for next two seasons. there are two advantages , while players will play difficult condition they will learn how to come back, mental strength will be higher and that will make ease for them in any condition and situations in any part of world. When you actually do not know about your actual ability then your team performance will be unstable. this is not the end of cricket for BD. i will not blame players a single bit, all responsibility goes to officials and administrators of BD cricket for last 14 years. stop organizing world cricket events and spend the money to build a quality cricket academy.

Posted by Bruisers on (June 18, 2014, 15:55 GMT)

Although it's only Bangladesh, Binny deserves some praise. However, I'm still not convinced about his selection to the Test squad against England. What role will he be given if at all he gets a go in the playing XI? 3rd seamer? All-rounder at No.6? My guess is, he won't get a single Test on the tour under Dhoni's captaincy. Quite rightly so. He only fits into the limited-overs team.

As far as this series is concerned, instead of sending INDIA B team, the selectors should have sent the entire KARNATAKA team. They are on a roll these days and would have won far more convincingly. I can see plenty of Karnataka players coming into the Indian team over the next few years.

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