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

Batsmen show no stomach for fight

The conditions were difficult for batting in Mirpur, but both India and Bangladesh batted as though they were playing on a flat pitch
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Mirpur wore a forbidding grey on Tuesday. Rain made a promised appearance and disrupted play for two and half hours. The game resumed, but the sky refused to clear. Lateral movement was almost assured. This had become the first session of a Test, but neither India nor Bangladesh paid proper mind to the change in conditions.

The batsmen needed to be smart about their scoring areas. Survival should have taken precedence, especially when the match had been reduced to 41 overs and the D/L method placing a premium on wickets. Yet even a man in form like Robin Uthappa went for an awful hoick 14 balls after the rain break to lob a simple catch to mid-off. Tamim Iqbal, another opener, pranced down the track and nicked to the keeper. His target was only 106.

Stuart Binny wafted at a back of a length delivery wide outside off stump and edged it. Mahmudullah offered a lazy drive and his open face was snapped up at gully. This was not the average limited-overs encounter in the subcontinent. The ball was zipping about and it's holders only needed to place it in the right areas. The play was entirely in the batsmen's hands but neither team was willing to guts it out. In the end, the second ODI went down in history as the lowest scoring one for the loss of all 20 wickets.

Credit should be heaped on Bangladesh's 19-year old destroyer, Taskin Ahmed, but he was bowing at batsmen who had chosen to hit their way out of trouble when another rain interruption, or even a washout, could not be ruled out. The majority of Bangladesh's menace came in the form of two bowlers - the leader Mashrafe Mortaza and the debutant Taskin. India succumbed to their third-worst collapse in terms of overs faced.

Cheteshwar Pujara spent the longest time at the crease - 66 minutes of being beaten or enduring outside edges. He could not ferret out any singles. He had waited, but waited too long. The batsmen who followed him took a different route and only one of them reached double-figures. No one tried to bat the full 41 overs.

Bangladesh were worse, stumbling to their joint-worst score in ODIs. Binny's medium-pace combined well with the conditions and he had three wickets before he had completed his second over - a flick cut short by midwicket, an on-the-up drive caught at gully and a nick down leg to the keeper. Reward for persistent bowling without breaking a sweat. It was that sort of "damp and sticky" pitch that was "ideal to bowl" on, in the words of Binny himself, but an international game merited a better display by the batsmen.

At least that was what the sparse crowd had come in and stayed through the rain for. Every Bangladesh wicket had them clutching at their hair. The emotion seeped into the press box too, a merry place, even when the home side falls short of expectations. Today the atmosphere was tinged with additional excitement, born from seeing a genuine quick run through the opposition. The racket was loud and genial, their appreciation for Taskin's wholehearted display was as clear as the smile he wore when walking off the field. They were all wary, though, and in the end the happy buzz was gone, substituted by a jarring creaking of the chairs they were sat on.

It was bowlers' day out in Mirpur and they had nothing opposing them.

Alagappan Muthu is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Nampally on June 18, 2014, 12:42 GMT

    @ramli: Pl. do not make an issue out of nothing!There was no defence of Indian batting but only questions on 5 Indian batsmen being given out LBW vs. NO LBW's for BD batsmen. There was one BD Umpire. As for Pujara I do not have to defend his batting. His test averages are amongst the best in the World. That speaks for itself. Best ODI batsmen are averaging a S/R around 65 to 75. Pujara's S/R even in Test matches is around 60. He requires no defence from me. He is still the best Indian batsman with correct technique.

  • on June 18, 2014, 12:32 GMT

    If Pujara fail in ODI then Should try Gambhir In middle order. even in last world cup, he played in no-3 & Kohli played in No-4. It will give stability in middle order. Then with Raina & Dhoni we would have more solid middle with lot of firepower.

  • Shumbu on June 18, 2014, 11:24 GMT

    A big blow to BD captain and fans! Time to learn from the young India captain - Raina who has kept his cool head. No cheap talks, no arrogance... all talks by bat & ball...Good to see this from Indian players. Well done Young Men in Blue.

  • on June 18, 2014, 10:32 GMT

    APPLAUD THE BEST BOWLING RESULT BY MR. BINNY. We have seen many times, hick ups when we get 7/8 wickets and then release the noose.Binny showed his capacity to not to loose the momentum. This could well be the best - 4.4 overs 2 maidens 4 runs and 6 wickets!!!!!!

  • Vilander on June 18, 2014, 10:30 GMT

    I think Ind/BD and Pak are the worst when it comes to playing in swinging conditions..very poor game from both teams. BD was more haphazard in their approach when they only had limited runs to chase and the pitch was not doing as much as it was n Indian innings and yadav was spraying a bit.

  • on June 18, 2014, 9:44 GMT

    Based on what we witness in the game against Bangladesh on slightly bowler helpful conditions, both team need to sit down and work on their batting and more over they need to think about "Waiting Game". Indian batsman were poor to say at least, umpiring not world class from local Bangladesh side and players like Rahane, Pujara, Rayadu, Binny need to talk to the coach about their batting approach. Binny was good with bowling thanks many to approach by BD batsman rather than his 120km swing bowling but credit to Mohit to create pressure from other end that's really helped Binny picking up important wicket. And for BD, the amount of exposure they are getting, they should win matches like these. Give half the opportunity given to BD to Ireland and they will beat all the test playing nation quite easily. ICC seems kind to BD and not too kind of Ireland. If you want Cricket to be global sports, give talent the opportunity than the politics around it.

  • on June 18, 2014, 8:38 GMT

    seriously BD should re think their international cricket

  • ramli on June 18, 2014, 8:18 GMT

    @Nampally ... you are searching for non-cricketing reasons for defending Pujara's failure ... he simply did not deliver when it most mattered in this match ... he neither showed his test-batting approach (like Dravid did before) nor tried to innovate in ODI mode (like Raina does too often) in this match ... he appeared fish out of water most of the time ... furthermore, he is a poor runner between wickets ... in modern days, even test cricket demands this in crisis ... so, he is a misfit for ODIs ... let us admit it and allow him to prosper in test cricket

  • GRVJPR on June 18, 2014, 7:55 GMT

    People are saying what will happen in england to indian batsmen. My answer - they will score heavily and beat england comprehensively. Sam talks of failure were on when India went for champions trophy. Indian batsmen played excellently in South Africa as well. And by the way when no one is ready to give credit to binny based on 1 performance why everyone is ready to criticise Indian batsmen based on 1 performance?

  • ssenthil on June 18, 2014, 5:19 GMT

    The way Raina batted in this pitch showed he has talent and class but he lacks the temperament. Had he went on to score a fifty here, that would have raised many eye brows and I believe he is a real hard working batsman then the likes of S Dhawan and Rohit Sharma. This also showed how bad Rahane and Uthappa in swinging conditions. I m not sure how Rahane is going to play Anderson in England despite if he bats at No.6. I won't take Raina as well there neither jadeja. I think except Pujara and Kohli all others may suffer once again in England and India need batsman who can play well in swinging and seaming conditions. Raina should be tried again in tests?

  • Nampally on June 18, 2014, 12:42 GMT

    @ramli: Pl. do not make an issue out of nothing!There was no defence of Indian batting but only questions on 5 Indian batsmen being given out LBW vs. NO LBW's for BD batsmen. There was one BD Umpire. As for Pujara I do not have to defend his batting. His test averages are amongst the best in the World. That speaks for itself. Best ODI batsmen are averaging a S/R around 65 to 75. Pujara's S/R even in Test matches is around 60. He requires no defence from me. He is still the best Indian batsman with correct technique.

  • on June 18, 2014, 12:32 GMT

    If Pujara fail in ODI then Should try Gambhir In middle order. even in last world cup, he played in no-3 & Kohli played in No-4. It will give stability in middle order. Then with Raina & Dhoni we would have more solid middle with lot of firepower.

  • Shumbu on June 18, 2014, 11:24 GMT

    A big blow to BD captain and fans! Time to learn from the young India captain - Raina who has kept his cool head. No cheap talks, no arrogance... all talks by bat & ball...Good to see this from Indian players. Well done Young Men in Blue.

  • on June 18, 2014, 10:32 GMT

    APPLAUD THE BEST BOWLING RESULT BY MR. BINNY. We have seen many times, hick ups when we get 7/8 wickets and then release the noose.Binny showed his capacity to not to loose the momentum. This could well be the best - 4.4 overs 2 maidens 4 runs and 6 wickets!!!!!!

  • Vilander on June 18, 2014, 10:30 GMT

    I think Ind/BD and Pak are the worst when it comes to playing in swinging conditions..very poor game from both teams. BD was more haphazard in their approach when they only had limited runs to chase and the pitch was not doing as much as it was n Indian innings and yadav was spraying a bit.

  • on June 18, 2014, 9:44 GMT

    Based on what we witness in the game against Bangladesh on slightly bowler helpful conditions, both team need to sit down and work on their batting and more over they need to think about "Waiting Game". Indian batsman were poor to say at least, umpiring not world class from local Bangladesh side and players like Rahane, Pujara, Rayadu, Binny need to talk to the coach about their batting approach. Binny was good with bowling thanks many to approach by BD batsman rather than his 120km swing bowling but credit to Mohit to create pressure from other end that's really helped Binny picking up important wicket. And for BD, the amount of exposure they are getting, they should win matches like these. Give half the opportunity given to BD to Ireland and they will beat all the test playing nation quite easily. ICC seems kind to BD and not too kind of Ireland. If you want Cricket to be global sports, give talent the opportunity than the politics around it.

  • on June 18, 2014, 8:38 GMT

    seriously BD should re think their international cricket

  • ramli on June 18, 2014, 8:18 GMT

    @Nampally ... you are searching for non-cricketing reasons for defending Pujara's failure ... he simply did not deliver when it most mattered in this match ... he neither showed his test-batting approach (like Dravid did before) nor tried to innovate in ODI mode (like Raina does too often) in this match ... he appeared fish out of water most of the time ... furthermore, he is a poor runner between wickets ... in modern days, even test cricket demands this in crisis ... so, he is a misfit for ODIs ... let us admit it and allow him to prosper in test cricket

  • GRVJPR on June 18, 2014, 7:55 GMT

    People are saying what will happen in england to indian batsmen. My answer - they will score heavily and beat england comprehensively. Sam talks of failure were on when India went for champions trophy. Indian batsmen played excellently in South Africa as well. And by the way when no one is ready to give credit to binny based on 1 performance why everyone is ready to criticise Indian batsmen based on 1 performance?

  • ssenthil on June 18, 2014, 5:19 GMT

    The way Raina batted in this pitch showed he has talent and class but he lacks the temperament. Had he went on to score a fifty here, that would have raised many eye brows and I believe he is a real hard working batsman then the likes of S Dhawan and Rohit Sharma. This also showed how bad Rahane and Uthappa in swinging conditions. I m not sure how Rahane is going to play Anderson in England despite if he bats at No.6. I won't take Raina as well there neither jadeja. I think except Pujara and Kohli all others may suffer once again in England and India need batsman who can play well in swinging and seaming conditions. Raina should be tried again in tests?

  • Vasunigam on June 18, 2014, 5:07 GMT

    Well, few of things which comes out of this contest (honestly it is not a contest at all) are - 1. BD can not beat even second or 3rd string Indian side because many of them only talk too much rather than performing on field. 2. India - make no mistake that if u r btting like this against BD bowlers than Only GOD (I didnt mean SRT as he is retired now) can save u in England against likes of Anderson & Broad. 3. Pujara should not be used in ODIs n T20s seeing his current attitude otherwise we will loose a good TEST batsman. 4. Stuart binny should be thought off as new Kapil dev or richard Hedley by mere one performance - let him perform for one full season.

    This series is virtually over - lets wait for England.

  • prashanthbm on June 18, 2014, 4:19 GMT

    Mr.Muthu, note tat this Indian team is full of reserves and probable ppl who wana make a mark in the first 11. Except Raina no other player is an assured player in the 15 member squad forWC. So, there is immense pressure on each n every player. Based on a single match u can't come to a conclusion. Plzz note tat both Pujara n Rahane have done well in SA with Steyn n Morkel bowling also in NZ . So this was a 1 off game for both. Also Robbie is into his second match after 6 long years out of int'l cricket. B4 u draw any conclusion abt these indian batsmen have the effort to know they have been players who have succeeded in alien condition against top clasee bowling. Talking of Bangla team, it is worst than the elite teams of Ranji Trophy !!!!!!!!!

  • rajkirp on June 18, 2014, 4:08 GMT

    Congrats to India in defending a low total. Congrats to Binny for his 6 for 4 runs.

    That said, the conditions were ideal for England bound cricketers. They should have used it properly. Rahane, Binny and Pujara failed to do so as batters. Hope we do not see the repetition of the last England tour.

    No point complaining about bad umpiring decisions if DRS is not being used. BCCI has its pet peeves against DRS and refuses to use the technology. DRS does highlight clearly the bad umpiring decisions. DRS has to be used. The final over in the SL-England test match makes the case favourably for DRS. Without DRS, SL would have lost the match. With DRS, the bad umpiring decision was reversed and SL saved the match.

    BCCI now accept DRS.

  • on June 18, 2014, 2:46 GMT

    This sums up.. Another whitewash looming in England if the batsmen fail to apply themselves

  • on June 17, 2014, 21:50 GMT

    Bangladesh would do Cricket a huge favor if they withdraw their own Test, ODI status at ICC. They are just a humiliation to Cricket. They have not improved much in last 15 years. I believe Afghanistan would easily defeat them in ODI and Test Cricket.

  • TNAmarkFromIndia on June 17, 2014, 20:09 GMT

    Don't know how you can say they showed no fight. 5 of India's batsmen got out LBW. If anything, it probably exposes the deficiency in their techniques. We had two of our quality test bats out there in Rahane and Pujara and both went down. We just need to accept that it's just the way the pitch behaved. There were not a whole lot of poor shots, it was either LBW's or the ball taking the outside edge most of the time.

  • Nampally on June 17, 2014, 19:10 GMT

    If any batsmen could have coped with the situation, it was Pujara. He is a slow starter but makes up for it after playing himself IN. But once he had settled, for the second time in a row the Umpire sent him packing. In fact the Umpire ruled supreme in the entire Indian innings when 5 batsmen were given out LBW- Rahane, Pujara, Rayudu & Saha + Bowler Mishra. Only Uthappa was out without involving the umpires. This begs the question: FIVE LBW's against Indian Batsmen but NONE against BD- Why? Were they all truly LBW's. All 5 LBW's were in the bowling of pace bowlers.One of the 2 umpires was from BD. In ODI #1, 2 out of 3 Indian batsmen out were given LBW's by the BD Umpire- which were adjudged to be incorrect! Why didn't ICC mandate Neutral umpires for an International match ? Will this be the series when BD has their 12th man as the Umpire? At least India got BD out for 58 with Zero LBW's.

  • Rohit... on June 17, 2014, 18:21 GMT

    Raina showed how to Bat in these conditions... He was very Comfortable on the Field... Is he really that Great or Has the Captaincy brought out the Best in Him???

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  • Rohit... on June 17, 2014, 18:21 GMT

    Raina showed how to Bat in these conditions... He was very Comfortable on the Field... Is he really that Great or Has the Captaincy brought out the Best in Him???

  • Nampally on June 17, 2014, 19:10 GMT

    If any batsmen could have coped with the situation, it was Pujara. He is a slow starter but makes up for it after playing himself IN. But once he had settled, for the second time in a row the Umpire sent him packing. In fact the Umpire ruled supreme in the entire Indian innings when 5 batsmen were given out LBW- Rahane, Pujara, Rayudu & Saha + Bowler Mishra. Only Uthappa was out without involving the umpires. This begs the question: FIVE LBW's against Indian Batsmen but NONE against BD- Why? Were they all truly LBW's. All 5 LBW's were in the bowling of pace bowlers.One of the 2 umpires was from BD. In ODI #1, 2 out of 3 Indian batsmen out were given LBW's by the BD Umpire- which were adjudged to be incorrect! Why didn't ICC mandate Neutral umpires for an International match ? Will this be the series when BD has their 12th man as the Umpire? At least India got BD out for 58 with Zero LBW's.

  • TNAmarkFromIndia on June 17, 2014, 20:09 GMT

    Don't know how you can say they showed no fight. 5 of India's batsmen got out LBW. If anything, it probably exposes the deficiency in their techniques. We had two of our quality test bats out there in Rahane and Pujara and both went down. We just need to accept that it's just the way the pitch behaved. There were not a whole lot of poor shots, it was either LBW's or the ball taking the outside edge most of the time.

  • on June 17, 2014, 21:50 GMT

    Bangladesh would do Cricket a huge favor if they withdraw their own Test, ODI status at ICC. They are just a humiliation to Cricket. They have not improved much in last 15 years. I believe Afghanistan would easily defeat them in ODI and Test Cricket.

  • on June 18, 2014, 2:46 GMT

    This sums up.. Another whitewash looming in England if the batsmen fail to apply themselves

  • rajkirp on June 18, 2014, 4:08 GMT

    Congrats to India in defending a low total. Congrats to Binny for his 6 for 4 runs.

    That said, the conditions were ideal for England bound cricketers. They should have used it properly. Rahane, Binny and Pujara failed to do so as batters. Hope we do not see the repetition of the last England tour.

    No point complaining about bad umpiring decisions if DRS is not being used. BCCI has its pet peeves against DRS and refuses to use the technology. DRS does highlight clearly the bad umpiring decisions. DRS has to be used. The final over in the SL-England test match makes the case favourably for DRS. Without DRS, SL would have lost the match. With DRS, the bad umpiring decision was reversed and SL saved the match.

    BCCI now accept DRS.

  • prashanthbm on June 18, 2014, 4:19 GMT

    Mr.Muthu, note tat this Indian team is full of reserves and probable ppl who wana make a mark in the first 11. Except Raina no other player is an assured player in the 15 member squad forWC. So, there is immense pressure on each n every player. Based on a single match u can't come to a conclusion. Plzz note tat both Pujara n Rahane have done well in SA with Steyn n Morkel bowling also in NZ . So this was a 1 off game for both. Also Robbie is into his second match after 6 long years out of int'l cricket. B4 u draw any conclusion abt these indian batsmen have the effort to know they have been players who have succeeded in alien condition against top clasee bowling. Talking of Bangla team, it is worst than the elite teams of Ranji Trophy !!!!!!!!!

  • Vasunigam on June 18, 2014, 5:07 GMT

    Well, few of things which comes out of this contest (honestly it is not a contest at all) are - 1. BD can not beat even second or 3rd string Indian side because many of them only talk too much rather than performing on field. 2. India - make no mistake that if u r btting like this against BD bowlers than Only GOD (I didnt mean SRT as he is retired now) can save u in England against likes of Anderson & Broad. 3. Pujara should not be used in ODIs n T20s seeing his current attitude otherwise we will loose a good TEST batsman. 4. Stuart binny should be thought off as new Kapil dev or richard Hedley by mere one performance - let him perform for one full season.

    This series is virtually over - lets wait for England.

  • ssenthil on June 18, 2014, 5:19 GMT

    The way Raina batted in this pitch showed he has talent and class but he lacks the temperament. Had he went on to score a fifty here, that would have raised many eye brows and I believe he is a real hard working batsman then the likes of S Dhawan and Rohit Sharma. This also showed how bad Rahane and Uthappa in swinging conditions. I m not sure how Rahane is going to play Anderson in England despite if he bats at No.6. I won't take Raina as well there neither jadeja. I think except Pujara and Kohli all others may suffer once again in England and India need batsman who can play well in swinging and seaming conditions. Raina should be tried again in tests?

  • GRVJPR on June 18, 2014, 7:55 GMT

    People are saying what will happen in england to indian batsmen. My answer - they will score heavily and beat england comprehensively. Sam talks of failure were on when India went for champions trophy. Indian batsmen played excellently in South Africa as well. And by the way when no one is ready to give credit to binny based on 1 performance why everyone is ready to criticise Indian batsmen based on 1 performance?