Bangladesh v India, 2nd ODI, Mirpur June 17, 2014

The impatient opener

Plays of the day from the second ODI between Bangladesh and India in Mirpur

The surprise
Taskin Ahmed bowled two deliveries before rain intervened and stopped play for two hours. In his second over after the break, he pushed Robin Uthappa on the back foot and had him caught off a pull that he was too late in playing. The pace had surprised Uthappa, who had only seen medium-pace whenever he played against Bangladesh. The bowler would complete a five-for but this first wicket set the tone for a thrilling spell, because it was from a Bangladeshi fast bowler.

The bad ball
Grey clouds cloaked the Shere Bangla stadium, fueling the hunger displayed by Bangladesh's bowlers. They ran in hard and generated consistent movement to cripple India's top order. Stuart Binny arrived at 65 for 5 in the 17th over and picked his first ball off his hips. It was a bad ball, a rare occurrence on the day, but it led to a wicket. Suresh Raina, with his gloves in one hand and bat in the other, completed the single and turned blind. Binny, playing his first game on the tour, was unable to turn his captain down. India had found run-scoring difficult and in trying to exploit the bowler's error, they lost their top-scorer as Raina was run out.

The tailender's two pence
Taskin was having perhaps the best day of his life. He had become the first Bangladesh bowler to claim five wickets on debut and had five balls to add to his tally. Umesh Yadav lent merit to his average of 13.5, hacking at the four balls before unfurling a booming straight drive. Taskin homed in on the stumps but was denied as Yadav pressed forward and pummeled it. The bowler wore a wry smile, but Umesh's was brighter. He was India's No.11, but played one of the best shots of a sorry innings.

The impatient opener
After a duck in the first game and having endured poor form this year, Tamim Iqbal was half-expected to go after the bowlers. He ran out at Mohit Sharma's first delivery and squeezed the ball through the off-side ring of fielders. It was a boundary, which delighted the crowd and showed Tamim's intent. He tried it the next ball too, this time a slog across the line to a shorter delivery, but edged it to wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha. This too was an expected outcome of such a wild approach.

The rash shot
It was a pitch that required the batsmen to be cautious, but when Bangladesh's batting line-up collapses, few things come into play other than a sense of carelessness. The finger can be pointed at any of Mahmudullah, the captain Mushfiqur Rahim or Tamim Iqbal, but Ziaur Rahman, who bowled just one over each in the two matches, was given a golden chance to remove doubt about his place in the team.

He went down the track and slogged at Mohit Sharma but he had not realised the bowler's deception. Sharma had slung the ball at him from the back of his hand, and the top edge went high into the air. Akshar Patel took a superb catch at square-leg, but one wonders what goes through the mind of a Bangladesh batsman these days.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • Sudheer on June 18, 2014, 6:10 GMT

    Bangla captain will be happy that they Lost to India but not India A....

  • Milind on June 18, 2014, 5:49 GMT

    For a while Bangladesh was doing well in ODIs at home. I think they actually beat the Kiwis in a recent series. Looks like normal operations have resumed.

  • Manesh on June 18, 2014, 4:37 GMT

    Nice to see a less talented young team crushing a hyped team. Hope fans will understand the actual strength of their team.

  • Mohamed on June 17, 2014, 17:10 GMT

    In a Test match several years ago, Shiv Chanderpaul, cautioned Tamim Iqbal to slow down and asked him why he was playing as if is was a T/20. Unfortunately, Tamim has not learned his lessons and cares less about learning from accomplished and established batsmen. Tamim should be benched until he has an attitude adjustment (to his game) and should then have to prove himself all over again. Bangladesh is a sorry sorry excuse for a Test nation. The players talk big but never backs it up with their play and they act like they have won so much. Well, sorry to be so blunt to supporters of Bangldesh, but you have to accept the facts and unfortunately, I do not believe that anything will change soon.

  • Dummy4 on June 17, 2014, 16:47 GMT

    This was probably Bangladesh's best chance to defeat India in a 100 years, but they could not even come close. It's not that they do not have the ability to do it, they just lack the intent and presence of mind to do it.

  • Dummy4 on June 17, 2014, 15:59 GMT

    I am neither Indian nor Bangladeshi but I'd love India to clean sweep this series. Why? Simply because BD players deserve a mauling to bring them back on the ground. Before the start of every series and tournament, we see big statements from BD players but the results stay the same. They can't defend 300+ score and can't chase merely 105 runs. They need to snap out of this daydreaming and be humble and work hard. But I think nothing will change as past 14 years are clearly indicative of it.

  • Dummy4 on June 17, 2014, 14:57 GMT

    the problem is that everybody in bangaladesh team is trying to become hero,darling of masses in overnight ,in trying to accomplish that they are losing their sense.simple

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