Bangladesh eye series win against India

Bangladesh eye series win against India

Bangladesh is confident of sealing the three-match series at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.



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Published: Sun 21 Jun 2015, 12:11 PM

Last updated: Wed 8 Jul 2015, 2:48 PM

MS Dhoni (left), Virat Kohli (centre) and Ravindra Jadeja during a practice session. — AP

MS Dhoni (left), Virat Kohli (centre) and Ravindra Jadeja during a practice session. — AP

Dhaka — Bangladesh can win its first ever series against India with victory on Sunday in the second one-day international.

Emboldened by its thumping 79-run win over India in the first ODI — its biggest margin of victory against the tourists — Bangladesh is confident of sealing the three-match series at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.

“I won’t say we are favourites, but we are confident about the series,” Bangladesh coach Chandika Hathurusingha said. “What we are doing is we are playing aggressive cricket.”   India was unable to cope with fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman whose offcutter proved to be decisive in the first ODI. Mustafizur returned figures of 5-50 to become the second Bangladesh bowler to take five-for on his debut.

He ripped through the middle order after Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan gave their side a solid start, sharing 95 runs.  “For Mustafizur, it’s going to be a challenge going forward because people will get to know him and try to respect him a little more,” Hathurusingha said.

As an ODI side, Bangladesh has improved a lot in recent times with a nice blend of experience and youth. While the quartet of Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Tamim Iqbal and captain Mashrafe Mortaza form the core, they have unveiled some serious talents in opener Soumya Sarkar and left-arm paceman Mustafizur Rahman.

Mustafizur has impressed everyone with his variations and change of pace which troubled Indian batsmen.  India is also determined to play aggressive cricket against its neighbor to stay in the series.


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