Consolation win for India

25 June,2015

RTNN News Desk: Bangladesh top-order batsmen failed to live up to the expectation in the third and final ODI on Wednesday, as India clinched a 77-run win to salvage their pride by avoiding a whitewash.

Things could have been different though, as Tamim Iqbal, opening the innings in Tigers’ chase of 317, was harshly ruled leg before the wicket in the last ball of the second over bowled by Dinesh Kulkarni.

Soumya blasted five fours and two sixes to make 40 off 34, but he soon fell victim to Kulkarni as well.

Litton Das (34) was going slow, but he failed to make it big like his team-mates, as did Mushfiqur Rahim (24).

Sabbir Rahman (43) and Nasir Hossain (32) then entertained the crowd for a while, but that was never really going to threaten the Indians.

Suresh Raina was the most successful bowler for India, bagging three, while Kulkarni and Ravichandran Ashwin took two each.

Earlier, fifties from Shikhar Dhawan and MS Dhoni and a cameo from Raina helped India make 317.

Winning the toss at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Tigers skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza invited India to bat first considering the possibility of rain later in the day.

Opener Rohit Sharma looked strong, but speedster Mustafizur Rahman made him give a catch behind the wicket after the batsman made 29 off 29.

It was the third successive match the Satkhira Cyanide dismissed Rohit, but Shikhar Dhawan made sure India don’t face a debacle.

Dhawan hit 75 in 73 balls with 10 fours before Nasir Hossain took a spectacular catch off a Mashrafe delivery.

After Kohli and Dhawan fell in quick succession, Dhoni and Ambati Rayudu added 93 in the fourth wicket.

The latter was unfortunate to be ruled caught behind despite the ball hitting his thigh pad when he was on 44.

The innings of Dhoni, who hit 69 off 77 balls courtesy of six fours and a six, came to an end by a brilliant Mustafiz catch.

Raina then blasted 38 in 21 balls in the end to take India past 300.

Mashrafe was the most successful bowler, bagging three wickets, but he proved costly, conceding 72 runs.

Mustafiz bagged two wickets, which means he now holds the record for highest wickets in a three-game ODI series (13) and most wickets in a player’s first three ODIs.

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