LEFT-ARM pacer Mustafizur Rahman yesterday again led Bangladesh to a resounding One-Day International victory over India, pushing the hosts to an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
Set a target of 200 runs in 47 overs according to the Duckworth/Lewis Method as play was interrupted by rain at the end of India’s innings, Bangladesh reached the total in just 38 overs for only four wickets, securing a six-wicket win.
Mustafizur, who claimed 5-50 on his debut in the opening match, picked up from where he left off to join Zimbabwe’s Brian Vitori as only the second man in history to take five or more wickets in the first two matches of their career.
Shikhar Dhawan made 53 runs while skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni chipped in with 47 as India seek to stay alive in the three-match series after a 79-run loss in the opening match.
Electing to bat first after Dhoni won the toss, India suffered the first blow in the second ball when Rohit Sharma was caught at cover by Sabbir Rahman off Mustafizur.
Dhawan and Virat Kohli steadied the innings with a 74-run second wicket stand before Bangladesh struck again through occasional off-break bowler Nasir Hossain.
Nasir, who claimed 2-33, trapped Kohli leg before for 23 and then had Dhawan caught behind soon after the opener completed his fifty.
Ambati Rayudu, one of the three changes India made for the game, followed Dhawan without scoring to leave the visitors struggling at 4-110.
Dhoni, who promoted himself at No. 4, put on 53 runs in the fifth wicket with Suresh Raina, but Mustafizur returned in his second spell to dismiss Raina for 34 and break the partnership.
Dhoni, dropped by wicketkeeper Das on 21, succumbed to the pressure spooning a catch to Nasir at short cover.
Mustafizur created a chance of a hat-trick trapping Axar Patel leg before off the next ball.
Ravichandran Ashwin survived the hat-trick ball, but soon became Mustafizur’s fifth victim edging a catch behind the stumps for four.
Mustafizur bowled Jadeja off his final delivery after the rain break and Rubel folded India’s innings two balls later to finish with 2-26.
The third and final ODI will be held at same venue on June 24.
RG Sharma c Sabbir Rahman b Mustafizur Rahman 0
S Dhawan c Litton Das b Nasir Hossain 53
V Kohlilbw b Nasir Hossain 23
MS Dhoni c Soumya Sarkar b Mustafizur Rahman 47
AT Rayudu c Nasir Hossain b Rubel Hossain 0
SK Raina c Litton Das b Mustafizur Rahman 34
RA Jadeja b Mustafizur Rahman 19
AR Patel lbw b Mustafizur Rahman 0
R Ashwin c Litton Das b Mustafizur Rahman 4
B Kumar c Litton Das b Rubel Hossain 3
DS Kulkarni not out 2
Extras (lb 6, w 8, nb 1)15
Total (10 wickets; 45 overs)
Mustafizur Rahman 10 0 43 6, Taskin Ahmed 4 0 24 0, Mashrafe Mortaza 7 0 35 0, Nasir Hossain 10 0 33 2, Rubel Hossain 7 0 26 2, Shakib Al Hasan 7 0 33 0
Fall of wickets
1-0 (Sharma, 0.2 ov); 2-74 (Kohli, 12.3 ov); 3-109 (Dhawan, 20.5 ov); 4-110 (Rayudu, 21.4 ov); 5-163 (Raina, 35.3 ov); 6-174 (Dhoni, 39.3 ov); 7-174 (Patel, 39.4 ov); 8-184 (Ashwin, 41 ov); 9-196 (Jadeja, 43 ov); 10-200 (Kumar, 44 ov)
Tamim Iqbal c Dhawan b Kulkarni 13
Soumya Sarkar lbw b Ashwin 34
Litton Das c Dhoni b Patel 36
Mushfiqur Rahim run out (Sharma) 31
Shakib Al Hasan not out 51
Sabbir Rahman not out 22
Did not bat: Nasir Hossain
Extras(lb 4, w 9)13
Total(4 wickets; 38 overs)
Fall of wickets
1-34 (Tamim Iqbal, 6.2 ov); 2-86 (Soumya Sarkar, 16.4 ov); 3-98 (Litton Das, 19.2 ov); 4-152 (Mushfiqur Rahim, 29.1 ov)
Kumar 5 0 32 0, Kulkarni 7 0 42 1, Ashwin 10 2 32 1, Jadeja 7 0 28 0, Patel 7 0 48 1, Raina 2 0 14 0
Bangladesh won by 6 wickets