Rain saves India’s blushes in ODI series

World champions seal series-win over hosts Bangladesh after third match abandoned due to persistent rain.

Shakib was the wrecker-in-chief, picking up three wickets for 27 runs [AFP]

India claimed a 2-0 series win over Bangladesh after the third One-Day International between the teams was abandoned due to heavy rain.

India was 119-9 in 34.2 overs before the third spell of rain forced umpires to call off the match.

Cheteshwar Pujara was the top scorer for the side with 27 while Stuart Binny was not out on 25. Suresh Raina also made 25. 

India won the toss and elected to bat first despite the humid and overcast conditions suiting seam bowlers, and Bangladesh’s pacemen made regular inroads.

Mashrafe Mortaza, Al-Amin Hossain and Taskin Ahmed bowled with controlled aggression to reduce India to 13-3 before the first rain delay.

After the break, Al-Amin quickly removed Manoj Tiwary to leave India 16-4. Cheteshwar Pujara and Suresh Raina halted the collapse before the second spell of rain arrived, this time delaying the game to two-and-a-half hours and reducing the game to a planned 40 overs per side.

Shortly after the second rain-break Shakib Al Hasan removed Raina to end the 41-run partnership with Pujara, who then combined with Wriddiman Saha to provide further resistance before Shakib again broke through, dismissing Saha on 16.

Binny took India past 100 as more tail-end wickets fell around him before the third spell of heavy rain forced the abandonment

Shakib was the most successful bowler for Bangladesh with 3-27. Taskin Ahmed and Al-Amin Hossain claimed two wickets apiece while Mashrafe Bin Mortaza and Sohag Gazi took one wicket each.

Source: AP