Bangladesh India ODI series 2022: Ban clinched a thriller series win

Despite Rohit Sharma’s scintillating half-century at No. 9, Bangladesh held their nerve to win the second ODI against India by 5 runs and sealed the series 2-0 with one match remaining which will be held on December 10 at Chattogram.

This was a gutsy performance from Bangladesh, who just won every bilateral series but England at home since 2014. India, on the other hand, was playing their full-strength side and was dealing with injuries.

Kohli's return for only five runs set the ground for the hosts to win this series
Kohli’s return for only five runs set the ground for the hosts to win this series | ICC

The win was set up by Bangladesh’s all-rounder Mehedi Hasan. He batted brilliantly to score an unbeaten century, which helped Bangladesh win the 2nd ODI against India, and took also two crucial wickets in the second innings, but it was uneconomical.

According to Sportnews BD experts, Bangladesh’s win cannot be considered as upset and will undoubtedly be celebrated across the country. It is also a strong reminder that cricket is a team sport and that no single player can win a match on their own.

Batting first, when Mehidy and Mahmudullah came together in the 19th over, it seemed like another low-scoring match was on the cards as Mohammed Siraj’s early movement resulted in the dismissal of both openers. In the meantime, Rohit picked up his thumb injury and walked back immediately, only to bat in the 43rd over of the chase.

Mehidy and Mahmudullah steadied Bangladesh’s innings after a rocky start, and ultimately set the stage for a strong finish. Their partnership yielded plenty of boundaries in the middle overs, as Mahmudullah held down one end and Mehidy went on the attack.

Walking in at 69/6 and coming back with an unbeaten century! Back to back winning knocks in Bangladesh India series
Walking in at 69/6 and coming back with an unbeaten century! Back to back winning knocks in Bangladesh India series | ICC

Mehidy’s maiden ODI century came off just 83 balls and helped Bangladesh post a challenging total of 271 for 7. India fell just short in the end, proving that Bangladesh was the better team on this day.

Following India’s back-to-back defeats against Bangladesh and the resulting loss of the ODI series, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will be holding a review meeting. BCCI’s office-bearers will meet with coach Rahul Dravid, NCA chief VVS Laxman, Rohit Sharma, and former skipper Virat Kohli once the team returns from the tour of Bangladesh.