Bangladesh will be doing some serious soul-searching after their latest collapse against India.
The Tigers are yet to win an ODI in 2014, but Tuesday’s defeat by 47 runs will perhaps be their most disappointing yet, after they had victory firmly within their grasps.
Indeed, it was a game that looked all that lost for India as they were all out for 105 after 25.3 overs, torn apart by Bangladesh youngster Taskin Ahmed.
In his first ever 50-over match, the 19-year-old ripped through India’s top order, dismissing Robin Uthappa, Cheteshwar Pujara, and Ambati Rayudu within the first ten overs of the day.
The ‘Men in Blue’ were apparently left in tatters just a couple of hours into the second ODI, and the series looked on course for a remarkable turnaround two days after beating the Bengalis by seven wickets on Duckworth Lewis.
Bangladesh coach Richard Pybus will have been delighted at their early signs of improvement; Uthappa had scored 50 in the first match, while Ajinkya Rahane notched up 64. This time round, however, Uthappa managed only 14, while Rahane was out for a golden duck as India looked well and truly rattled.
Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim had won the toss and, having taken a look at the pitch, put India in to bat first. That proved to be a wise decision, but the wicket proved no kinder to Rahim’s side as they were subsequently skittled out for a grand total of 58 following an even shorter innings of 17.4 overs.
But while the watching crowd may rightly feel aggrieved that they did not see fifty overs between the two sides, Rahim was left equally perturbed at his side’s poor shot selection.
The question remains, whether his men lack the resolve needed to push for victory – especially against the world’s best and most respected sides – or if it simply their batting performances letting them down.
“The way our batsmen played embarrassed the country in front of the whole world” said Rahim, who put their failings down to poor shot selection.
In response to their own poor batting, India set a very attacking field, and were rewarded as Bangladesh seemed to crumble with the slightest exertion of pressure. Stuart Binny secured the best ever figures by an Indian bowler in an ODI with 6 wickets from 4 overs.
The two sides meet again on Thursday for the final ODI, with Bangladesh trying desperately to avoid a whitewash.
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