Tigers cruise to series win


Mustafizur Rahman starred with the ball as Bangladesh eased to a series win over India, comfortably chasing down 200 with six wickets in hand in a rain affected match in Mirpur on Sunday night on front of a packed house.

MS Dhoni won the toss and with the threat of weather, opted to bat first. But Rahman struck as early as the second ball, with Rohit Sharma driving the ball to point for an easy catch.

Virat Kohli patched things up with Shikhar Dhawan as they combined for 74 runs until Kohli was trapped in front by Nasir Hossain.

Dhawan became Hossain's second victim in the 21st over when he beat him in flight to earn an outside edge. With 53 runs in fairly quick time, Dhawan would be India's top scorer on the night.

At three down for 109, India still had the depth to post a competitive score but Rubel Hossain got the better of Ambati Rayudu with a short ball in the next over.

Captain Dhoni and Suresh Raina steadied the ship with a measured partnership of 53 runs until Rahamn came back into the fray. In just his second ODI, Rahman produced a man-of the-match performance, dismissing Raina, Dhoni, Axar Patel, Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin in quick succession.

The final five wickets fell for just 34 runs as India were bundled out for 200 in the 44th over. Raham would finish with 6/43, taking his series haul to 11 wickets.

Bangladesh went about their run chase with maturity, as openers Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarker put on 34 runs in six overs for the opening partnership before Dhawal Kulkharni struck.

Captain Litton Das came to the crease and added a spritely 36 off 41 balls before a loose shot saw Dhoni take a catch on the second grab. Sarker fell just three over later after Ashwin fired one in at his pads and India perhaps though they had a chance at 98/3.

But Shakib Al Hasan's unbeaten 51 would guide the home team to a memorable win which secured the Tigers their first ever bi-lateral series win against India. The result also means Bangladesh have won their last ten ODI’s on home soil, which is no mean feat.