Mehdi Hasan Mirz once again strengthened his ground India This time he scored his maiden ODI century to help revive Bangladesh’s innings after an early collapse. Mehdi (100*) and Mahmudullah (77) helped Bangladesh post a challenging 271/7 in 50 overs.
Mehidy, who played a match-winning knock in the first match of the series, stitched a 148-run seventh-wicket partnership with Mahmudullah to turn the match in Bangladesh’s favour. At one stage they were 69 for six and nothing was going their way, which the Indian bowlers were taking advantage of.
Meanwhile, India faced some injury concerns as Deepak Chahar left the field early with a hamstring problem as he bowled just three overs. While captain Rohit Sharma got blood-soaked in his finger while fielding in the slip cordon. The 35-year-old has been sent to a local hospital for X-rays to check for a possible fracture. In his absence, vice-captain KL Rahul is leading the team.
The captain of the host team won the toss and decided to bat first but Mohammad Siraj sent both the openers to the pavilion early with the new ball. Anamul Haque (11) and Liton Das (7) had no answer to Siraj’s early onslaught with the ball. Najmul Hossain Shanto showed some composure and resilience during his 21-run knock, but Umran Malik’s 151 kmph thunderbolt was too much for him to handle. Umran hit the woods in a flash of seconds with a fierce delivery.
The experienced duo of Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim fell prey to Washington Sundar who was once again disciplined with his line and length. Sundar, who is not much of a turner of the ball, stuck to his basics and forced both Shakib (8) and Rahim (12) to commit almost identical errors, both caught by the experienced Shikhar Dhawan.
Bangladesh were dismissed early after Sundar dismissed Afif Hossain for a golden duck and were six for 69, but the hosts displayed a spirited fightback in the middle with Mahdi and Mahmudullah.
The duo took their time to settle and as they started slow but were steady to revive the Bangladesh innings. He hit back at the Indian bowlers after scoring a half-century. Mahmudullah was dismissed by a fiery Umran for 77, but only helped Mehdi channel his best version under pressure.
Mehidy didn’t take a backseat against the trio of Mohammad Siraj, Umran Malik and Shardul Thakur as he smashed them around the ground to bring up his maiden ODI hundred off the final ball of the innings.
He hit eight fours and four sixes during his 83-ball innings as Bangladesh eventually crossed the 270-run mark. Nasum Ahmed also played a valuable cameo of 18* to provide able support to Mehdi. For India, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur and Akshar Patel could not take wickets, while Sundar took three wickets. Pacers Siraj and Umran shared two wickets each.