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21-Jun-2015 17:18:00 GMT
Bangladesh v India, 2nd ODI, Mirpur

Mustafizur Six-for Seal Historic Series Against India

Dhaka: Bangladesh pulled off a historic six-wicket victory in the rain-shortened second One-Day International against India at Dhaka on Sunday.

After Mustafizur Rahman routed India with a six-for, an all-round batting performance from the Bangla batsmen ensured their maiden ODI series victory over India.

There was controversy very early in Bangladesh’s innings though. Eight balls into their innings, Tamim Iqbal hit Dhawal Kulkarni straight to Virat Kohli, who took the catch as the ball was dying on him. Kohli claimed the catch and started celebrating, but the umpire went upstairs to check whether it was in fact clean. There was sufficient doubt despite the replays suggesting a clean catch. Tamim survived, and any momentum India might have then built up was denied.

Tamim could not make the most of his life though, and was got a leading edge off Kulkarni to Shikhar Dhawan at slip for 13. Soumya Sarkar and newcomer Litton Das then dug in to put on an invaluable 52 for the second wicket.

They were separated when Ravichandran Ashwin — India’s best bowler by a long way — snapped him up LBW for 34. Litton joined him soon, edging Akshar Patel behind to Dhoni.

Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan then ensured that no more wickets fell for the next 54 runs. Both men were their usual aggressive selves, with Mushfiqur bringing out his some excellent shots. He was finally dismissed against the run of play for 31, with Dhoni very shrewdly acting nonchalant as a ball came to him and running Mushfiqur out with a nudge onto the stumps.

Shakib kept the game firmly in Bangladesh’s court, along with new man Sabbir Rahman.

Earlier, Left-arm pacer Mustafizur Rahman grabbed 6-43 as Bangladesh dismissed India for 200 runs in 45 overs.

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.

Bangladesh were given 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.

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.

Brief scores
India -
200 (Dhawan 53, Mustafizur Rahman 6-43)
Bangladesh - 200/4 (Shakib Al Hasan 51*)
Result - Bangladesh won by 6 wickets
MOM - Mustafizur Rahman (Bangladesh)

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