Mehidy fires Bangladesh to ODI series win over India with 5-run victory

Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Bangladesh's hero of the first match, pulls off another remarkable effort with the bat and the ball

Published : 7 Dec 2022, 11:51 AM
Updated : 7 Dec 2022, 11:51 AM

Mehidy Hasan Miraz has pulled off another stunning allround display to guide the Tigers to a home series win over India with a 5-run victory in the second match.

Rohit Sharma, not out at 51 off 24, hit two boundaries and one six in the final over of Mustafizur Rahman at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on Wednesday, but failed to take six runs off the last ball for a win.

Mehidy, Bangladesh's hero of the first ODI, took two wickets after hitting his first ODI century off just 83 balls to pull the Tigers out of the pits of 69 for 6 and post a challenging 271 for 7.

He stitched a record seventh-wicket stand of 148 with Mahmudullah, who made 77, to put the pressure back on India.

Despite regular fall of wickets, the tourists were right in the chase with Shreyas Iyer’s 82 off 102 and Axer Patel’s 56 off 56. But the wily Mustafizur made sure India fall short of the target.

Ebadot Hossain took three wickets while Shakib Al Hasan two, and Mustafizur and Mahmudullah one apiece to keep the pressure on the Indian batsmen.

Earlier, Bangladesh won the toss again, but chose to bat this time instead of chasing which they had done in the first ODI played on the same ground.

Another low-scoring match seemed in the making when Bangladesh lost their top order early to the movement and pace of Mohammed Siraj and Umran Malik, before Washington Sundar removed the experienced duo of Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim in the space of six balls.

But Mahmudullah (77 off 96) and Mehidy took them out of the woods as the former dropped anchor and the latter went on to attack.

They were cautious at the start but found the boundaries regularly in the middle overs, and Mehidy took 30 runs off the last two overs to reach his century on the final ball of the innings.

Mehidy cashed in on the depleted pace attack - one bowler short because Deepak Chahar had a stiff hamstring and could not bowl after his initial three overs.

Bangladesh changed their bowling combination by picking left-arm spinner Nasum Ahmed instead of pace bowler Hasan Mahmud, who was their most expensive bowler in the opening ODI, but Nasum bled 54 runs off his 10 overs.

India had made two changes, one of which was forced. Fast bowler Kuldeep Sen complained of some back stiffness and was replaced by Umran Malik, who came into the squad as a replacement for Mohammed Shami. And with Axar Patel fit again, he replaced fellow left-arm spinning allrounder Shahbaz Ahmed.

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