Despite the record margin of victory — biggest by any team against Bangladesh, the 1-2 series defeat will certainly rankle the Indian team as both matches slipped away from its grasp after being in pole position.
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Bangladesh skipper Litton Das‘ decision to bowl first backfired with Ishan Kishan taking the opposition bowlers to the cleaners from the word go and went on to smash the fastest double century in ODI cricket history off 126 balls.
The left-handed Kishan, who replaced injured skipper Rohit Sharma, made full use of the opportunity with his 210 coming off 131 balls including 24 fours and 10 sixes that helped India pile up a mammoth 409/8.
Batting legend Virat Kohli also got into the act by making his 44th ODI hundred and in the process went past former Australian captain Ricky Ponting record of 71 international tons.
Indian bowlers also complemented their batters’ outstanding performance with Axar Patel (2/22), Shardul Thakur (3/30), Umran Malik (2/43), Mohammed Siraj (1/27) and Kuldeep Yadav (1/53) never allowing Bangladesh batters to dominate as they shared the spoils among themselves.
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The total was always going to be insurmountable and Bangladesh were never in contention as they were bowled out for 182 in 34 overs with all the Indian bowlers being amongst wickets.
Kishan’s blistering innings and the intent he showed while catching Bangladesh attack by the scruff of its neck would definitely put the team management under pressure to take some tough calls as it moves into the World Cup year.
In fact, such was his domination that Rohit Sharma’s world record ODI score of 264 was in danger of being history.
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“I got out with 15 (14.1) overs left. I could have got 300 also,” Kishan told official broadcasters during the innings break.
Apart from Rohit’s three double tons, the two other Indian batters to achieve the feat are maestro Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag.
“I am blessed to hear my name between such legends. The wicket was too good to bat on. My intent was very clear — if the ball is there, I’ll go for it,” he revealed about his strategy.
Having completed his maiden ODI century in 85 balls, Kishan batted in T20 mode as records kept on tumbling. That 156 of his runs came in sixes and boundaries tells a lot about the relentless assault he unleashed on the Bangladeshi bowlers.
The short balls were pulled, the length balls were driven, the ones with width were cut fiercely.
The West Indies’ Chris Gayle held the previous record with his 138-ball double ton against Zimbabwe in 2015. After touching the three-figure mark, Kishan raced to next 100 runs in just 41 balls.
Kohli was also at his sublime best en route to his 72nd international century as the duo bossed the innings with a 290-run partnership off just 190 balls.
“I was batting with Virat bhai, and he was spot on with which bowlers I needed to select (to target). I was on 95 and wanted to bring up the hundred with a six but he calmed me down, saying it was my first hundred, get it in singles as it’s your first,” he said.
Having scored his maiden T20I hundred earlier this year against Afghanistan in the Asia Cup, Kohli recorded his first ODI ton since August, 2019.
In a reminder of the famous six off Haris Rauf in the T20 World Cup, he picked a back-of-a-length delivery from Ebadot Hossain for a six to reach his century in 86 balls.
Once both were gone, India managed just 70 runs in the last 10 overs while losing five wickets.
Having already conceded the three-match series after losing the first two ODIs following ordinary batting, India under KL Rahul brought in Kishan to open with the struggling Shikhar Dhawan.
Their opening partnership lasted 4.1 overs as Mehidy Hasan trapped Dhawan lbw for three. The off-spinner nearly had Kohli when he drove straight to short mid-wicket, but skipper Litton Das dropped him on six.
Thereafter, it was a one-way traffic for India as Kishan smashed the Bangladesh bowling with his explosive batting. Dealing mostly in boundaries, the diminutive batter relished the short-pitched stuff and looked in total control on both sides of the wicket.
Kohli performed ‘bhangra’ steps before hugging the youngster after he reached his double century.
(With PTI Inputs)