Team India concluded its Bangladesh tour with a thumping win in the final ODI in Mirpur. India skipper MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina steered the team to a 77-run win at the Shere Bangla National Stadium.
After put into bat, Dhoni took the responsibility over himself, after India lost two wickets, by coming out at number four. He looked in fine touch right from the start and played in his usual aggressive style, finishing with a stroke-filled 77-ball 69.
Dhoni planted a couple of useful partnership with Shikhar Dhawan and Ambati Rayudu to put India on course of a massive total. His 93-run stand with Rayudu was the highlight of the innings, as it not only upped the ante, but also provided fluency to the innings.
After Dhoni, it was Raina’s turn to entertain the crowed as his 21-ball 38 took India to a strong position and Bangladesh were made to chase 318.
Raina was a difference-maker between the two sides, as his off-spinners jolted Bangladesh in crunch situations. He took the wicket of Mushfiqur Rahim against the run of play to put India in the driver’s seat. He later took two more to end any chance of Bangladesh’s revival.
Dhoni, meanwhile, rotated his bowlers quite well and used the resources to perfection as India bundled the hosts on just 240 in 47 overs to complete a convincing victory.
Earlier, in the first ODI, Bhuvneshwar Kumar contributed with both bat and bowl in a losing cause. The Meerut-born picked two wickets, while also making an unbeaten 21-ball 25 at the end. In the same match, Mohit Sharma also picked one wicket.
Raina and Dhoni had a good series with the bat as they looked in fine touch. Raina made scores of 40, 34 and 38 in the series, while Dhoni scored 47 and 69 batting at number four in 2nd and 3rd ODIs, respectively. Ravindra Jadeja also contributed in the first ODI, scoring a 42-ball 32.