Bangladesh beat India in an ODI series for the very first time © AFP
Bangladesh beat India in an ODI series for the very first time © AFP

Bangladesh pulled off a historic six-wicket victory in the rain-shortened second One-Day International (ODI) against India at Dhaka on Sunday. After Mustafizur Rahman routed India with a six-for, an all-round batting performance from the Bangla batsmen ensured their maiden ODI series victory over India. LIVE SCORECARD: India vs Bangladesh 2015, 2nd ODI at Dhaka

There was controversy very early in Bangladesh’s innings though. Eight balls into their innings, Tamim Iqbal hit Dhawal Kulkarni straight to Virat Kohli, who took the catch as the ball was dying on him. Kohli claimed the catch and started celebrating, but the umpire went upstairs to check whether it was in fact clean. There was sufficient doubt despite the replays suggesting a clean catch. Tamim survived, and any momentum India might have then built up was denied. READ: Is Virat Kohli a cheat? Bangladesh umpire Sharfuddoula seems to think so!

Tamim could not make the most of his life though, and was got a leading edge off Kulkarni to Shikhar Dhawan at slip for 13. Soumya Sarkar and newcomer Litton Das then dug in to put on an invaluable 52 for the second wicket. They were separated when Ravichandran Ashwin — India’s best bowler by a long way — snapped him up LBW for 34. Litton joined him soon, edging Akshar Patel behind to Dhoni. LIVE UPDATES: India vs Bangladesh 2015, 2nd ODI at Dhaka

Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan then ensured that no more wickets fell for the next 54 runs. Both men were their usual aggressive selves, with Mushfiqur bringing out his some excellent shots. He was finally dismissed against the run of play for 31, with Dhoni very shrewdly acting nonchalant as a ball came to him and running Mushfiqur out with a nudge onto the stumps.

Shakib kept the game firmly in Bangladesh’s court, along with new man Sabbir Rahman.

Earlier, Mustafizur followed up his dream debut with an even better second match, snaring 6 for 43 as India were bowled out for 200. Shikhar Dhawan was the top-scorer for India with 53, but no other batsman went past 47. A persistent rain break that lasted nearly two hours resulted in the match being reduced to 47 overs per side, but India were unable to last even that.

India got off to a terrible start, with Rohit Sharma edging Mustafizur to gully off the second ball of the match. Virat Kohli came in at No. 3 again, and for a brief while it looked like India had dispelled their demons from the last match. Dhawan and Kohli added an attractive 74 runs before Kohli was LBW off Nasir Hossain against the run of play. READ: MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja’s forms have direct impact on India’s fortunes

MS Dhoni promoted himself up to No. 4, and batted patiently with Dhawan to put on 35. However, just as India were again looking secure, Dhawan played a rash waft off Nasir and was caught behind for 53. Ambati Rayudu was out for a two-ball duck, hitting one straight to point as India were reduced to 110 for 4. READ: MS Dhoni could consider batting higher up the order against Bangladesh

Suresh Raina and Dhoni then sparked another India revival. The pair put on 53 before Raina perished in the first over of the batting powerplay. That proved to be the beginning of the end for India. Dhoni was out soon thereafter, hitting one from Mustafizur to Soumya Sarkar. Akshar Patel was out LBW off the very next ball, and later Ravichandran Ashwin nibbled at one outside off to give Mustafizur his fifth.

Ravindra Jadeja hit a boundary, but rain soon made an appearance. The match was reduced to 47 overs per side, but that hardly mattered as India were bowled out for 200 with Mustafizur ending with 6 for 43. India tour of Bangladesh, 2015: Complete coverage

Brief scores:

India 200 in 44.5 overs (Shikhar Dhawan 53, MS Dhoni 47; Mustafizur Rahman 6 for 43) lost to Bangladesh 200 for 6 in 38 overs (Soumya Sarkar 34, Litton Das 36, Mushfiqur Rahim 31, Shakib Al Hasan 51*; Ravichandran Ashwin 1 for 32) by 6 wickets.

Man of the Match: Mustafizur Rahman

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(Shiamak Unwalla, a reporter with CricketCountry, is a self-confessed Sci-Fi geek who loves cricket more than cricketers. His Twitter handle is @ShiamakUnwalla)