Defending a paltry 105 with an astounding show, the 'Men In Blue' will be on cloud nine as they gear up for a 'Whitewash' of Mushfiqur Rahim and Co. EXCLUSIVE CRICKET PAGE To be in World top-10 is surprising: Binny Never knew Binny could bowl this well: Raina Indian skipper Suresh Raina said he was blown away by the match-winning performance of all-rounder Stuart Binny, whose six wickets for four runs against Bangladesh became the best ODI bowling figures by an Indian. Teams (from): (JPN/Agencies)
More than dismissing Bangladesh for 58, what Stuart Binny's unbelievable figures of 6/4 did was to ensure that home team's confidence hits nadir and Suresh Raina's boys will now go for the jugular in the final match of the series to end on a high.
Raina will be happy that while his openers set up a well-deserved win in the first ODI, his seamers did a splendid job in a low-scoring second match on Tuesday.
If his middle-order batsmen can get some runs under their belt in Thursday's match, the team will feel that they have ticked all the boxes during this hurriedly sandwiched series before the England tour.
For India, the only cause of concern will be the performance of their middle-order batsmen Ambati Rayudu and Cheteshwar Pujara.
While Rayudu was unbeaten during the first match, Pujara has been dismissed cheaply for scores of 0 and 11 in both matches although he suffered in the first one due to an umpiring error.
With the series already pocketed, it would be interesting to see whether skipper Raina along with coach Duncan Fletcher experiments a bit with the middle-order.
Time is certainly running out for Pujara as far as his place in the ODI side is concerned. Not the quickest of fielders, Pujara has not even managed a score 20 plus in the five ODIs he has played so far.
Rayudu, on his part, has never looked in control of situations in the 12 ODIs that he has played so far. A strike-rate of less than 70 in ODIs in these days with field restrictions loaded in favour of batsmen is not exactly what is expected from a specialist willow wielder.
If the team management has an objective of trying out all the fringe players, then the likes of Kedar Jadhav and Manoj Tiwary would deserve a go in the middle-order in place of Rayudu and Pujara.
However, the Indian teams, over the years, have had a knack of sticking to winning combinations even after a particular series has been clinched.
The opening duo had a bad day but is certain to continue while the bowling attack, after the performance of Mohit and Binny, is likely to remain unchanged.
Umesh Yadav went for a few runs but his 12-ball-17 with the bat and the option for pace that he provides settles the issue for him.
Needless to say that India are light years ahead of their opponents in terms of talent and quality but it will be interesting to see what kind of pitch is on offer for the final ODI.
Surprised to find his name among the top-10 bowling performances of all time after breaking Anil Kumble's 21-year-old record, Indian all-rounder Stuart Binny said seaming conditions played a huge role in his haul of 6/4 against Bangladesh.
Binny's brilliant performance helped India defend a meagre 105 against the hosts, who were let down by their batsmen after a fine show by the bowlers. The Indians now have a 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
"My strength is to bowl wicket-to-wicket and swing the ball. The conditions were ideal to bowl so I don't think I surprised myself but to be in the top-10 in the world is surprising," said Binny, who broke Kumble's record of 6/12 against the West Indies in Hero Cup final back in 1993.
"The pitch was doing something but credit must go to the bowlers, Mohit (Sharma) and Binny were unbelievable. Though I have seen Mohit play a lot in the IPL and domestic cricket, I never knew Binny could bowl this way. This performance will give him confidence for the upcoming England tour," said Raina after India defended a paltry 105 to take an unassailable 2-0 lead against Bangladesh in the three-match series.
With his phenomenal spell, Binny broke the record of fellow Bangalorean Anil Kumble, who had taken six for 12 against the West Indies in 1993. The performance comes as a timely boost for the all-rounder who is just three matches old into his ODI career.
India: Suresh Raina (captain), Robin Uthappa, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ambati Rayudu, Stuart Binny, Wriddhiman Saha, Akshar Patel, Parveez Rasool, Mohit Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Amit Mishra, R Vinay Kumar, Kedar Jadhav, Manoj Tiwary.
Bangladesh: Mushfiqur Rahim (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque Bijoy, Mithun Ali, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah Riyadh, Zia-ur Rahaman, Nasir Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Al-Amin Hossain, Mashrafe Mortaza, Sohag Gazi, Mominul Hassan, Abdur Razzak, Shamsur Rahaman.
Defending a paltry 105 with an astounding show, the 'Men In Blue' will be on cloud nine as they gear up for a 'Whitewash' of Mushfiqur Rahim and Co.
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To be in World top-10 is surprising: Binny
Never knew Binny could bowl this well: Raina
Indian skipper Suresh Raina said he was blown away by the match-winning performance of all-rounder Stuart Binny, whose six wickets for four runs against Bangladesh became the best ODI bowling figures by an Indian.