Bangladesh beat India in thriller to win ODI series
DHAKA: Bangladesh all-rounder Mehidy Hasan Miraz scored an unbeaten century from 83 balls and took wickets to help his team beat India by five runs in their second one-day international in Mirpur on Wednesday, securing a 2-zero series victory with one game remaining.
Chasing 272, India got off to a slow start, losing openers Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan before half-centuries and relying on Shreyas Iyer (82) and Axar Patel (56) to get them back on track.
But India’s center order suffered a crumble, and they fell simply short of their run chase, finishing on 266-9.
Indian captain Rohit Sharma (now 51 and not out) came in to bat at number 9 after undergoing treatment for a left thumb injury suffered when he dropped Anamul Haque in the second over of Bangladesh’s innings, and he rode his success to take India close.
Playing through the pain (and dropping twice), he hit massive sixes off Ebadot Hossain and Mahmudullah in his 28-ball knock to leave India wanting 20 off the final over, then 12 off the final balls, but he was unable to haul his face over the line.
Earlier, Bangladesh, who beat India by one wicket in the first ODI, were in trouble at 69-6 after electing to bat first, as Washington Sundar (3-37) and Mohammed Siraj (2-73) ripped through the top order before the hosts hit back.
Mehidy blended with Mahmudullah (77) in a 148-run stand for the 7th wicket as India stepped off the gas, and the 25-year-old reached his century with the final ball of the innings as Bangladesh posted 271-7.
The groups meet within the very last recreation in Chattanooga on Saturday, earlier than gambling tests.