|Stuart Binny celebrates a wicket with teammates, in Dhaka, on Tuesday. (AP)
Dhaka: Medium-pacer Stuart Binny bagged six wickets as India registered an unexpected 47-runs win against Bangladesh via the Duckworth/Lewis method in the rain-curtailed second One-Day International, to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series, here on Tuesday.
Sent into bat, India came up with a below-par performance with the bat to be bowled out for a paltry 105 runs in rain-truncated 41 overs-a-side game. But the pace combination of Binny (6/4) and Mohit Sharma (4/22) saved India from humiliation as they bundled out Bangladesh for 58 runs in 17.4 overs, to help the visitors defend their lowest score against the hosts.
Binny’s heroics came after Bangladesh pacer Taskin Ahmed scalped five wickets for 28 runs on his debut to bowl India out for 105 in 25.3 overs.
But if India’s 105 was much less than their previous low of 191 in Port of Spain during the 2007 World Cup, then Bangladesh also sank to a new low as their previous lowest against the Men in Blue was 76 in 2003 at Dhaka.
Binny, whose figures are the best by any Indian bowler in ODI’s bettering Anil Kumble’s 6/12 against the West Indies in 1993, was ably supported by medium pacer Mohit from the other end.
Mohit, who was the proud owner of the ‘Purple Cap’ in the recently concluded IPL for Chennai Super Kings, started the demolition, sending back openers Tamim Iqbal for 4 and Anamul Haque for nought.
Binny soon joined forces to send innings top-scorer Mithun Ali back in the pavilion for 26 and skipper Mushfiqur Rahim for 11.
The rest of the batting fell like a pack of cards as Binny and Mohit had little time to celebrate between wickets.
Earlier, put into bat, the stunning Indian collapse was triggered by Taskin, who returned with figures of 5/28, making it the best debut bowling performance by a Bangladesh player.
Skipper Suresh Raina’s 23-ball 27, laced with three fours, was the best that an Indian batsman could manage under overcast conditions. Put into bat, India lost Ajinkya Rahane for nought off Mashrafe Mortaza but rain soon halted play after 5.1 overs.
The resumption of play after three hours did not help matters for the visitors, as Robin Uthappa (14) top-edged a skier to give the 19-year-old Taskin his maiden wicket.
The lanky pacer continued to trouble the Indian batsmen under conditions conducive to swing bowling. Cheteshwar Pujara (11) and Ambati Rayudu (1) were trapped lbw by Taskin.
Raina tried to counter-attack with three boundaries but an Al-Amin Hossain-Mortaza combination ran him out. Wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha (5) was soon trapped lbw off Mortaza and Akshar Patel was cleaned up by Al-Amin as India looked straight down the barrel.
All-rounder Binny (3) was caught behind chasing a wide delivery from Taskin. The procession back to the pavilion continued as Amit Mishra was trapped lbw and Taskin’s joy knew no bounds after he picked up his fifth wicket and became the eighth bowler in the history of ODIs to bag a five-wicket haul in his maiden match.