Bangladesh vs India, 3rd ODI: Ishan Kishan’s 210, Virat Kohli’s 113 and Shakib Al Hasan’s 43 & 2/68 are top performances. India beat Bangladesh by 227 runs but lose series 1-2
Brief scores: India 409/8 (Kishan 210, Kohli 113, Shakib 2/68) beat Bangladesh 182 (Shakib 43, Shardul 3/30) by 227 runs
Player of the Match: Ishan Kishan, 210 (131)
Player of the Series: Mehidy Hasan Miraz - 141 runs, 4 wickets
India had already lost the series and were playing the third ODI in Chattogram on Saturday to salvage some pride, and bring down the equation to 1-2. The visitors had lost the first two ODIs narrowly by 1 wicket and 5 runs, respectively, as hosts Bangladesh held their nerves to outsmart their opponents. India also had the additional stress due to losing their regular captain Rohit Sharma and pacer Deepak Chahar due to injuries going into the third ODI.
Rohit Sharma’s replacement Ishan Kishan grabbed the opportunity to open India’s batting with both hands, cracking a smashing 131-ball 210, which was incidentally the fastest ODI double hundred. India made 409/8 as Virat Kohli also ended his century drought in ODIs, cracking 113. India’s bowlers then came to the party to restrict Bangladesh to 182 to win the match by 227 runs. However, Bangladesh took home the series by a margin of 2-1.
Kishan experiment works & shows need of grooming more young players before CWC 2023
The Ishan Kishan experiment reaped rich rewards in the third ODI, with the southpaw creating new records with his double ton. Kishan’s approach was positive right from the start, and it lifted the energy of the team to go for the kill in the third ODI.
India should be ready to experiment with such young players till the Cricket World Cup (CWC) 2023, which is scheduled to take place in India next year. Young players bring positivity and new energy to any line-up, and India should persist with this approach.
Ishan Kishan overshadows Kohli with double ton
India suffered their second ODI series loss in Bangladesh, but they put it behind them by displaying their best batting performance of the series in the third ODI in Chattogram. Leading from the front was Ishan Kishan, who opened the batting with Shikhar Dhawan, after India were asked to take first strike. Dhawan had a disappointing series, falling for his third single-digit score off Mehidy Hasan Miraz’s bowling.
Kishan then took over, first racing to a run-a-ball fifty before hitting top gear, reaching his maiden ODI ton in just 85 balls. He then took another 41 balls to reach double ton, becoming the fastest (126 balls) to achieve this milestone. He is also the first batter to convert his maiden ODI ton into a double hundred. He is also the youngest to do so at 24 years and 145 days. He fell for 210 off 131 balls with 24 fours and 10 sixes, to a fine catch by Litton Das. Kishan and Kohli posted 290 runs for the second wicket, the highest against Bangladesh in ODIs for any wicket.
Kohli also reached his 72nd international ton, going past Ricky Ponting’s tally of 71 tons. Only Sachin Tendulkar is ahead of him with 100 international tons.
India, however, ended a few runs short as the flurry of wickets in the late overs denied them an onslaught in the death overs.
Bangladesh perish in tall chase
Bangladesh were never in the hunt in the chase, as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals. The scoreboard pressure got to them and they were dismissed for 182 in the space of just 34 overs, losing the match by 227 runs.
Shakib Al Hasan fought for his team with a valiant 50-ball 43, but the writing was on the wall for Bangladesh. Bangladesh captain-cum-opener, Litton Das, was the next-best scorer with 29 before he was dismissed by Mohammed Siraj. Shardul Thakur emerged as the most successful bowler for India, taking 3/30 in 5 overs. All the Indian bowlers grabbed at least a wicket each, as India salvaged some pride by winning the third ODI. Kuldeep Yadav marked his return to the Indian team, taking 1/53 in 10 overs.
Let’s take a look at the top three performances from the game between Bangladesh and India in the 3rd ODI.
Ishan Kishan’s record-breaking 210 (131) powers India
Ishan Kishan was asked to replace Rohit Sharma at the top of the order. And the southpaw ensured the regular Indian captain was not missed as he unleashed his range of strokes to crack his maiden ODI ton, before converting it into a double, and thus becoming the first player to do so in the process.
Kishan was lucky to be dropped by Shakib Al Hasan just before his ton, and the batter made Bangladesh pay dearly for their lapses on the field. Initially, Kishan optimised the width offered by Bangladesh bowlers, driving and square cutting with abandon. Later, he punished the length balls and short deliveries, pulling, driving, slog sweeping and lofting over midwicket with ease.
There was no stopping Kishan after crossing fifty, as he dealt mostly in sixes and fours post that. He reached his fifty in 49 balls with 7 fours and 1 six. In the next 82 balls, he scored 160 runs with 17 fours and 9 sixes. He scored 156 out of his 210 runs in boundaries and over boundaries.
Kohli’s 72nd international ton (113) anchors India
Virat Kohli was dropped on 1 by Bangladesh captain Litton Das. He was initially patchy, struggling with his timing. But he dropped anchor, and let Kishan do all the hitting. He was content in rotating the strike and giving all the limelight to Kishan.
Kohli reached his fifty in 54 balls. But he soon grew in confidence and unleashed his favourite lofted shots on the rise against pacers. It was Kohli’s experience that was vital in the record stand of 290 runs with Kishan against Bangladesh in ODIs. Although Kishan grabbed all the attention, Kohli’s knock was special too as he finally broke his century drought in ODIs since August 2019. He reached his ton with a six off Ebadot Hossain.
Shakib Al Hasan’s 2/68, 43 only shining light on an otherwise forgettable day for Bangladesh
Although Bangladesh had an off day in the third ODI, Shakib was the lone shining star for his team. Shakib too was not spared when Kishan was on song, but he took two crucial wickets to dent India’s chances of reaching 450 and more. He first dismissed Kohli and then ended a cameo of 37 by Washington Sundar.
With the bat, Shakib top-scored for his team with 43, but it came in a losing cause. The highlight of Shakib’s commitment came when he flung himself to catch a mishit from Kishan single-handedly, but the impact on the ground saw the ball pop out from his hand, and the catch got spilled.
India will now take on Bangladesh in a two-match Test series against Bangladesh, The first Test will be played at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram between December 14-18.