India lost three-match ODI series 2-1 to lowly ranked Bangladesh. India lost first ODI by 79 runs and second by six wickets, but managed a win the third ODI by 77 runs to save their face.

Bangladesh outplayed India in all departments. Here is the five reasons why India lost the series:-

1. Mustafizur Rehman's slower off cutters rattled Indian batting line-up: Bangladesh new pacer sensation, Mustafizur Rahman claimed 13 wickets in three match ODI series to single-handedly thrash the mighty Indian batters.

His slower off cutters were unplayable and he troubled the batsmen with his variations. The debutant claimed five wickets in first ODI and was more impressive in second with 6 wickets. He claimed two wickets in third ODI which Bangladesh lost by 77 runs.

2. No spin support for R Ashwin: Ashwin bowled really well against Bangladesh and scalped six wickets at an average of 19.66 and good economy rate of 3.93 runs per over.

He was pressurising Bangladesh batsmen and was effective in controlling the run flow. But to his support, there was no specialist spinners in team. India included Axar Patel in second ODI but he ended up with 48 runs in 7 overs. Patel on the other hand was quite efficient in third ODI.

3. Virat Kohli failed to deliver: One of the best Indian batsmen and master of chasing totals, Virat Kohli failed to deliver this time. It seems he is going through a lean patch as he has not scored a fifty in his last 10 innings. His scores of 1, 23 and 25 respectively in three innings says all.

4. Continuously losing wickets in middle overs: In first ODI, Indian openers gave a good start as India was 95/0 at one stage and they were reduced to 128/5 in quick succession.

In the second match, Rohit lost his wicket in the first over of the match. After his dismissal, Dhawan and Kohli took the charge and were involved in 74 runs partnership. But again after Kohli's wicket, India collapsed from 74/1 to 110/4.

In second ODI, India replaced Rahane with Rayudu who failed to open his account.

5. Indian pacers failed to give early breakthroughs: Indian pacers performed really well in the Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, but they couldn't take early wickets against Bangladesh.

None of Indian pace bowlers played all the three matches. Pacers got only three wickets in the first ten overs in three match series.

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