DHAKA: Bangladesh can win their first ever series against India with victory on Sunday in the second one-day international.
Emboldened by their thumping 79-run win over India in the first ODI — their biggest margin of victory against the tourists — Bangladesh are confident of sealing the three-match series at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. “I won’t say we are favorites, but we are confident about the series,” Bangladesh coach Chandika Hathurusingha said. “What we are doing is we are playing aggressive cricket.”
India were 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. Hathurusingha said, “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,”
India are also determined to play aggressive cricket against their neighbor to stay in the series. “You can’t just keep bowling the same length again and again. We have to be aggressive — aggressive means we don’t mind bowling bouncers at them whenever it’s required,” Sharma said. “We have played quite a bit against them, the bowlers have a clear picture in their mind as to what their weaknesses are and they just need to utilize that.” Much more is expected of India’s middle order. “Partnerships have always been the key in any format,” Sharma added. “Our main aim will be to build big partnerships.”