Having won the series 2-0, a third stoppage due to heavy downpour during the Indian innings ensured there was no chance of a clean sweep for the Men in Blue. (JPN/Agencies)
Weather had played spoilsport in all the matches but today it became the decisive factor as even an efficient drainage system couldn't ensure the start of the proceedings after India were reeling at 119 for nine in 34.2 overs with the match being reduced to 40 overs a side after a second stoppage.
While the play had started after the earlier rain delays, a third spell of shower was enough for the umpires to call off the match.
While the Indians scored marginally better with the willow from their 105 in the last game, it was another pathetic batting display where their technique against pace and swing along with the temperament to fight it out came under scanner.
Cheteshwar Pujara (27) again turned out to be a failure in the shorter format while someone like Ambati Rayudu looked ill at ease against the pace and movement.
Stuart Binny (25 no) helped the score get past the three-figure mark but that wasn't enough. A few like Robin Uthappa and Ajinkya Rahane were out to poor strokes.
It was another battle of attrition for the Indian top-order which was found wanting in the adverse conditions.
Uthappa (5) went for an expansive drive and was caught by Nasir Hossain off Mashrafe Mortaza's away going fuller delivery.
Rahane (3) closed his bat face to a delivery from Al-Amin which reared up awkwardly taking a leading edge to Nasir at the slip.
Rayudu's (1) questionable technique against pace was again exposed as rookie Taskin Ahmed got one to nip back sharply after taking off from short of good length. Rayudu could only glove that delivery to Mushfiqur Rahim behind the stumps as India were left tottering at 13 for three.
It soon became 16 for four as Manoj Tiwary (2), getting his first chance in the series, wasted a golden opportunity by chasing an Al-Amin delivery way outside the off-stump, offering a simple catch at second slip to Anamul Haque Bijoy.
Skipper Suresh Raina joined Pujara, who was in a lot of discomfort against the pace of Taskin and the swing of Al-Amin.
Raina decided to counter-attack as he hit three crisp boundaries in his run-a-ball 25 besides adding 41 runs in the process with the Saurashtra batsman.
But Raina was finally gone when he got a gloved under-edge trying to sweep a Shakib delivery down leg-side.
Wriddhiman Saha (16) got a couple of boundaries during his 32-run sixth wicket stand with Pujara, who was unable to even rotate the strike in order to release the pressure.
Pujara's painstaking 63-ball knock finally ended when Shakib flighted one, which dipped and straightened, catching the right-hander plumb in-front. Akshar Patel (1) played an atrocious shot off a wide delivery from Taskin to edge it to Mushfiqur behind the stumps.
India were tottering at 97 for eight staring at their lowest score against Bangladesh. But Binny's lusty blows ensured that India didn't face that ignominy in back to back matches. But that wasn't enough to get the team to a respectable total either.
Youngsters proved their character in series win: Raina
Mirpur: India's captain for the tour Suresh Raina said that the impressive performances of young players like Stuart Binny and Mohit Sharma in the ODI series win over Bangladesh augurs well for the 'Men In Blue' ahead of the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
A second strength India clinched the three-match ODI series against Bangladesh 2-0 after the third and final game of the rubber was abandoned today because of intermittent showers.
Even though India produced yet another shoddy batting display, Raina was satisfied with the overall performance of his team.
"I am very happy with the side, especially Stuart Binny, who bowled really well alongside Mohit Sharma and Umesh Yadav. We played good cricket, especially when you know World Cup is coming up, a lot of youngsters showed their character," Raina said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
Raina also had words of appreciation for young Bangladesh pacer Taskin Ahmed, who made his debut in the series.
"When we came here for the Asia Cup and Taskin used to bowl to us in the nets, so really happy to see him do well," the Indian skipper said.
Man-of-the-series Binny, who achieved the best bowling figures by an Indian in ODIs by breaking Anil Kumble's 21-year-old record in the low-scoring second match, thanked his skipper Raina for trusting in his abilities.
"I must thank my team and Suresh (Raina) for giving me this opportunity, and I took it. Wicket wasn't too good to bat on, but we came here as a young side and proved ourselves," said Binny, whose bowling figures of 6/4 are the best for India in the history of ODIs, bettering Kumble's 6/12 against West Indies in November 1993 in Kolkata.
"I wanted us to get around 140 on the board so we could compete," he said about their performance today as India were tottering at 119 for nine in 34.2 overs when the match was called off after it was reduced to 40-over-a-side affair.
Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim admitted that it was hard to derive motivation after slumping to one loss after another.
"When the win is not coming it is difficult to motivate others but there are a few positives, and we have a new coaching staff, and we will work together and look to improve," he said.
"The wicket was helping but you still have to bowl in good areas, so credit goes to our pace bowlers, specially Taskin and Al Amin," Rahim said.
Having won the series 2-0, a third stoppage due to heavy downpour during the Indian innings ensured there was no chance of a clean sweep for the Men in Blue.