Bangladesh v India, 3rd ODI, Mirpur June 19, 2014

Washout after India collapse


India 119 for 9 (Shakib 3-27, Taskin 2-15) v Bangladesh
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

The Mirpur track continued to play havoc in the mind of the batsmen, but it was rain that had the final say in the series, forcing play to be abandoned in the third ODI with India stuttering at 119 for 9 after a start-stop innings. The match was officially called off at 8.10pm, India keeping their 2-0 lead.

India had travelled with a group of in-form, if not quite experienced, batsmen but they failed for a second time in two games. Their 119 for 9 had come in 34.2 overs after the spells of rain shortened the game to 40 overs a side, with the Bangladesh pace attack dictating terms once again.

Mashrafe Mortaza and Al-Amin Hossain started where they left off in the second ODI, regularly beating the bat and restricting the free-flowing and predominantly front-foot batsmen. Taskin Ahmed too was accurate, picking up a wicket off his first ball and generally ensuring proper support to more experienced bowlers.

The trio shared five wickets with Mashrafe picking up 1 for 25 in eight overs, Al-Amin taking 2 for 23 in six and Taskin claiming 2 for 15 in eight - one of the most miserly spells by a Bangladesh pace bowler. Shakib Al Hasan was his usual dependable self, picking up three wickets. Al-Amin however was the best of the lot, ensuring very little space for the batsmen to open up their arms, and bowling some unplayable deliveries.

India hardly got off the blocks even though Suresh Raina decided to bat first after winning his first toss in the series. Openers Robin Uthappa and Ajinkya Rahane left more than they played. Uthappa, ever eager to drive anything remotely close to a drivable length, was given few opportunities in his 21-minute stay. He took one boundary but the extra bounce kept him in check until Mashrafe Mortaza drew him wide and found him edging to first slip where Nasir Hossain took an easy catch.

Three balls later, Al-Amin Hossain was rewarded for his persistence against Rahane. He had bowled him two full overs without giving away much, and then had him edging a beautiful delivery, short of length and rearing on the batsman. For a moment Rahane had looked to work that ball towards midwicket but before he could turn, the ball had taken a high edge on his bat and looped to Nasir at first slip.

Taskin Ahmed, fresh off a five-wicket haul in his debut ODI on Tuesday, had Ambati Rayudu edging to wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim after he planted his front foot to the short of a length delivery, backed away slightly to work it through third man and was beaten by the bounce.

A short rain break followed. Play resumed twenty-five minutes later, but the situation worsened for India. Manoj Tiwary, playing his first ODI in almost two years, lasted just six balls. He was beaten by Al-Amin's length, as he followed the ball, edging it to Anamul Haque at second slip.

A very large band of cloud gathered over the stadium by this time and at 2.30pm, the players went off as it rained heavier than in the first break. The match was stopped for two and a half hours, after which overs were reduced.

Shakib took over the wicket-taking once play restarted, with his controlled left-arm spin. As if holding the ball on a string, he made the batsmen play almost every delivery and was rewarded with the wickets of Suresh Raina, Wriddhiman Saha and Pujara.

Pujara batted better than the rest of the India batsmen, holding up one end when the top order and the likes of Raina and Saha attacked but didn't last long.

Interestingly, captain Mushfiqur Rahim didn't use Sohag Gazi until the 32nd over although he was the only change in the team for this game, replacing Ziaur Rahman. He took one wicket, but rain returned soon after, for the third time, this time more damagingly, denying the Bangladesh batsmen the chance to show they had learned their lessons from the second match.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • Dummy4 on June 20, 2014, 17:25 GMT level 35 over games

  • Dummy4 on June 20, 2014, 13:43 GMT

    Indian selectors should now realize that Uthappa & Raydu is unfit to be a Part of Indian Team. Look at the Guy Binny he is the find for India. Axar lacks experience, but he is a good prospect. Overall i am not impressed with indian batting despite it was sluggish they should have scored 150+. Highlight Players 1. Pujara - He lacks taking single at tough conditions. 2. Uthappa - He should learn to play cricket with some good foot work not moving around. 3. Raydu - This guy s kept in team for his WK skills, he is not even a good club player except in IPL. He cant play Short ball, He can play quality spinners, he cant sweep, he cant play cricket. Neither a extraordinary fielder.No skill in any of the department. 4. Axar - Good find, need to improve on length. He cant keep bowling same length as this is ODI not T20. 5. Binny, Mohit, Umesh - Hard work paid for these guys. Excellent performance. 6. Tiwary - Skill there but he is in two minds. He should go back andperform at Ranji again.

  • Ramya on June 20, 2014, 8:14 GMT

    @ Ahmad Uetian - Get ur facts right & plz dont pass comments just for the sake of it!

    BD did not score 300+ in the WC match! The WC inaugral match at Dhaka was played in a belter of a wicket where Sehwag made 175 and Kohli made 100 to pose a total of 370 & BD replied with 283 & India won by 87 runs!

    The 2nd match ur referring to is the lone Asia Cup match tht India lost! One-off losses like tht do happen but tht is not the platform to judge the best captain in limited overs cricket at the moment!

    It is clear tht u dont watch matches apart from the ones tht BD plays - if u have, u wud know who is the best in the business! With his limited bowling options, MSD has pulled off some amazing victories for India! Champions Trophy finals with a meagre score, is a perfect example!

    MSD has been lauded as the best in the business in limited overs even by ex-cricketers - even McGrath recently had said tht he was baffled at how much of criticims he gets inspite of being the best!

  • Dummy4 on June 20, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    Bangladeshi Fast Bowler wow amazing......Mashrafee, Taskin and Al Amin this trio made excellent.

  • Dummy4 on June 20, 2014, 6:34 GMT

    As expected India won the series. Except rain washed out the 3rd ODI, 1st and 2nd ODIs were very close. Raina led a team of mixture of emerging talents and experienced ones. We should have beaten B'desh convincingly.Lack of temperament amongst B'desh men helped India win series 2-0. They still have to go a long way. They have to perform consistently. Victory over more fancied teams needs to be a regular affair. The series was a very sedate due to WC Football in Brazil. Raina and his youngsters did a splendid job and win a series is always appreciating. Congrats.


  • Pranesh on June 20, 2014, 6:31 GMT

    This series gained unwanted attention to the result of the series,due to off-field statements, from Indian perspective. Indians shouldn't be too proud or belittle BD team for this series win. Instead the reality is the youngsters have pathetically squandered opportunities to apply themselves in difficult situations and guts it out to show their talent.

    Seems like most of these young players are not rising up to international standard. They are taking their place for granted even if this is tour of BD. Just pains to see Utthapa, Tiwari, Saha, Rayudu throw their wickets. They need to learn from Virat to see how much importance he gives for his wicket and learn to build mental strength to battle touch conditions/oppositions.

  • Dummy4 on June 20, 2014, 6:25 GMT

    @Chennai Cricket doubt Dhoni a Great cricketer & arguably best WK batsman of all time butby no means his captaincy good.

    He is is terrible overly defensive test captain who always settles for a draw despite having opposition on mat. He is mediocre ODI captain. Look with very limited resources Raina won series comprehensively in BD whereas Dhoni leaked 300 runs in WC match to Ban and in Asia cup due to poor strategies & poor field placements

  • soumyas on June 20, 2014, 6:18 GMT

    @Ahmad Uetian... At what level are you playing the hard ball ?

  • VIJAY on June 20, 2014, 6:11 GMT

    @Sunil_Canada..even im also hardcore Indian fan....but i feel when we consider the nature of pitch, playing conditions and inexperience of our players, INDIA quite have done well....give time to settle this new look Indian team....many players debuted in this series and have bright cant grow to legend level very quickly, you have to gain experience, learn new things, adjust to various situations, and master over these all to grow to a certain level

  • VIJAY on June 20, 2014, 5:57 GMT

    @Lion83, @Jose Puliampatta....the current Indian team is very inexperienced and the skipper Raina is the only fellow played more than 100 matches, other 14 players did not even crossed 50 matches, somebody not even played 5-10 matches....but still we won comprehensively when compared to full strength SL team (had players of loads of experience) that played against the same BD...and we saw many matches finished in last over and last balls...the same INDIAN TEAM is not going for england tour and TEAM INDIA wont all out for 67 runs in England tour

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