Team India went down against Bangladesh losing the ODI series by 0-2 with a game to spare. It was a disappointing performance by the Men in Blue as they lost their second successive bilateral ODI series loss on Bangladesh soil.
After losing the ODI series against New Zealand, the Indian team was looking for better performances in 3 matches One-day international series against Bangladesh. The Men in Blue had the back of Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, and Rohit Sharma in the squad but could not show their class against a strong unit like Bangladesh on their home soil.
Here we look at the 3 things that went wrong for India in the ODI series against Bangladesh
#1 Failure of batters
The Indian batting struggled badly as Virat Kohli; Shikhar Dhawan looked out of sorts in the first ODI. Apart from KL Rahul’s 73, none of the Indian batters could provide resistance as India was bowled out for 186.
It was another disappointing batting performance by Men in Blue during the 2nd ODI. Virat Kohli came to open the innings and was dismissed for 5 runs. Shikhar Dhawan failed to contribute many runs. Shreyas Iyer and Axar Patel provided some resistance putting on 107 runs for the 5th wicket before Deepak Chahar, and Shardul Thakur could not score runs.
Rohit Sharma came to bat at number 9 with an injured finger and took India almost to the finishing line as they lost by 5 runs.
#2 Inability to finish the games off
The Indian team could finish the games off with their bowling. Defending 187 runs to win, the Indian bowling reduced Bangladesh to 136 for 9. Indian bowling lacked penetration and could not grab the final wicket as Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Mustafizur Rahman put on unbeaten 51 runs for the final wicket to help Bangladesh register a memorable 1-wicket win.
The second match was a similar story as India reduced Bangladesh to 69 for 6. Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Mahmudullah put up an excellent display of batting. Umran Malik finally broke the partnership getting rid of Mahmudullah with a sensational one-handed catch. Mahmudullah and Mehidy added 148 runs for the seventh wicket.
Nasum Ahmed and Mehidy showed their class putting on unbeaten 54 runs for the eighth wicket to help Bangladesh recover for a competitive total of 271 for 7.
Washington Sundar was the pick of bowlers for India in the second ODI, returning with figures of 3 for 38. India’s death bowling struggled and could not do a killer blow.
#3 Injuries to players
The Indian players struggled with injuries in the ODI series. Kuldeep Sen made his ODI debut in the first match and grabbed 2 wickets but was ruled out of the entire series due to a stiff back.
Deepak Chahar also struggled with injury in both matches. He bowled decently well in the first spell during the first ODI but could not do well during the death overs. Chahar bowled three overs during the second ODI match but struggled with his batting well.
Rohit Sharma batted with a thumb injury coming at number 9. He dislocated his finger while fielding during the second game of the rubber. He has been ruled out of the third ODI due to an injury.