In another nail-biting thriller at Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka, Bangladesh defeated India by five runs and clinched the ODI series.
This game swung one way and the other, and the result wasn’t decided until the final delivery of India’s chase. Shreyas Iyer (82) and Axar Patel (56) were impressive after India had slipped to four wickets down at 65. The duo put together 107 runs for the fifth wicket before Bangladesh’s bowlers brought their side back in the game with quick dismissals at the key moments
Captain Rohit Sharma, whose injured left thumb forced him not to open, came to bat at number nine to bail the tourists out of trouble, and he almost did by bringing the equation down to 12 needed from 2 deliveries. Rohit hit Mustafizur Rahman for a six on the fifth delivery of the final over but couldn’t connect the last ball over the fence as India lost the thrilling contest by five runs. Rohit cracked an unbeaten 51 off 28 balls.
Earlier, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, the hero of the three-match series opener, once again stood up for Bangladesh, hitting a tremendous century to take the hosts to a competitive 271/7, after they lost six wickets for just 69. Mehidy smashed 100 off 83 balls, including 8 fours and 4 sixes. He was well supported by veteran Mahmudullah, who scored 77 from 96 deliveries.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
Bangladesh won by 5 runs and secured the series by 2-0.
— Bangladesh Cricket (@BCBtigers) December 7, 2022
Congratulations @BCBtigers on an impressive series win. Both the games they found themselves in tough spots yet both the games they showed the cricketing smarts, and composure to achieve the wins 👏🏽 And @ImRo45 respect for fighting till the end 🙌🏽 #BANvIND pic.twitter.com/WWC1FLQINb
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) December 7, 2022
— Surya Kumar Yadav (@surya_14kumar) December 7, 2022
Cryptos se bhi tez gir rahi hai apni performance yaar. Need to shake up – wake up.
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) December 7, 2022
— CricketTimes.com (@CricketTimesHQ) December 7, 2022
— ICC (@ICC) December 7, 2022
A big salute, Rohit Sharma. pic.twitter.com/BWapPR0pNw
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) December 7, 2022
— Vikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) December 7, 2022
— 🏏Flashscore Cricket Commentators (@FlashCric) December 7, 2022
Dear Rohit Sharma, we may have lost the match & the series. 💔
But you've surely won our hearts with an effort which will be remembered for years to come. ❤️
— North Stand Gang – Wankhede (@NorthStandGang) December 7, 2022
Bangladesh won 13 of their last 14 home ODI series.
— Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) December 7, 2022