India are in red-hot form in Bangladesh © AFP
By R Vishal
After pulling off one of the most memorable victories in India’s One-day International (ODI) history, the visitors will now look to complete a clean sweep against Bangladesh. Even after sending a second-string team for the series, the Indian bench has overpowered the hosts with some superlative individual feats.
Mushfiqur Rahim’s team began the tournament with lofty hopes of winning the ODIs after India decided to give some of its emerging players a chance. The peeved Rahim even took potshots at the opponents, accusing them of showing the Bangladesh team disrespect by not sending any of the major players. Things started pretty smoothly for the hosts in the 1st ODI, when they posted a competitive 274. However, Robin Uthappa’s run glut from the Indian Premier League (IPL) spilled over while he donned the India jersey too. Ajinkya Rahane’s class again was too much to handle, and India held their nerve admirably in a rain affected game.
In the 2nd ODI, just as Tamim Iqbal had stunned India in the ICC World Cup 2007 with his bat, Taskin Ahmed replicated the southpaw’s feat with the ball. The men in blue were taken by surprise with Taskin’s seam movement. After being shot out for a meager 105, an encore of the World Cup 2007 shock looked on the cards. However, Stuart Binny’s outstanding exhibition of swing bowling left the Bangladesh batsmen clueless for answers.
India had pulled off the greatest low-scoring victory in the history of ODIs. It was yet another embarrassing day in the office for Bangladesh. The hosts now run the risk of being shattered mentally after the loss and need to pick themselves up to try to search for a rare victory. Suresh Raina’s team on the other hand, is brimming with adrenalin and are firm favourites to complete a whitewash. With rain playing a big part in the first two ODIS, one cannot rule out another strange encounter between the two sides. Anything less than a victory and the knives will be out for Team India.
Suresh Raina (captain), Robin Uthappa, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ambati Rayudu, Stuart Binny, Wriddhiman Saha, Akshar Patel, Parveez Rasool, Mohit Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Amit Mishra, R Vinay Kumar, Kedar Jadhav, Manoj Tiwary.
Mushfiqur Rahim (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque Bijoy, Mithun Ali, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah Riyadh, Zia-ur Rahaman, Nasir Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Al-Amin Hossain, Mashrafe Mortaza, Sohag Gazi, Mominul Hassan, Abdur Razzak, Shamsur Rahaman.
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(R Vishal is a journalist and alumnus of Asian College of Journalism. He can be followed on Twitter@vishhell)