How Stuart Binny, India took down Bangladesh to clinch ODI series
All-rounder Binny records the best-ever bowling figures by an Indian in One Day Internationals as visitors thrash Bangladesh by 47 runs in the second ODI to win the series
In an inspired display of fast bowling, India steamrolled Bangladesh by 47 runs in the second ODI in Mirpur. Chasing a paltry 106 for victory, Bangladesh were shot out for a mere 58. Here is a look at the factors that changed the course of the game:
Stuart Binny celebrates the wicket of Mohammad Mahmudullah during the tie against Bangladesh in Dhaka yesterday. Pic/AP/PTI
Good toss to lose
Every captain would love to win the toss and bowl on seeing cloudy skies and grass on the wicket. The coin fell in Mushfiqur Rahim's favour and without any hesitation chose to bowl first with a good pace attack.
The first ODI saw Robin Uthappa and Ajinkya Rahane putting on 99 for the first wicket, which laid the foundation for an Indian win. Unfortunately, this time around, Rahane succumbed to the swinging ball on just the second ball of the innings. India never recovered from the poor start and collapsed like nine pins.
Suresh Raina launched a good counter attack when India looked in trouble. He looked set for a big one and managed to get to 27 of 23 balls before a misunderstanding over a second run between him and Stuart Binny led to him falling short of his crease.
Pujara fails again
Cheteshwar Pujara's disastrous run in ODIs continued as he tried to stave of the new swinging ball and made a laborious 34-ball 11, before being adjuged leg before to Taskin Ahmed.
Fifer on debut
Not every 19 year-old dreams of picking a fifer in their debut game, but young Taskin Ahmed did turned that dream into reality. He bowled full, fast and straight to finish with figures of 5-28 in his eight overs, which incidentally are the best figures by a Bangladeshi bowler on debut, which also had three LBWs.
Mohit strikes early
Bangladesh, inspite of chasing a paltry score of 106, never showed application at the crease. Both Tamim Iqbal and Anamul Haque fell to disastrous shot selections. Mohit Sharma was the chief wrecker picking up both the wickets. He also bowled a snorter to pick up Shakib- Al Hasan and a cunning slower ball to Zia-ur Rehman. He finished with figures of 4 for 22 in eight overs.
Binny answers critics
Questions were raised over his inclusion in the side for the tour. But he justified his place and how! When Bangladesh were coasting at 44 for 2, Binny ran through the side to finish with figures of 6 for 4 in 4.4 overs. His were the best figures by an Indian bowler ever in ODI cricket bettering Anil Kumble's figures of 6-12 against West Indies in 1993.
The number of wickets Stuart Binny picked up without conceding a run