R Sharma hits brave 51*; fails to secure win in 2nd ODI against Bangladesh

We unexpectedly learn off the field that Rishabh Pant has been given a leave of absence. There were no disciplinary issues, but after looking into it, the medical staff decided to give him a respite. Which, in turn, indicates that he is unfit.

At the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium (SBNCS) on Wednesday, India lost the second ODI against Bangladesh in a nail-biting match despite the heroic half-centuries made by Shreyas Iyer, Axar Patel, and an injured Rohit Sharma.

After veteran batter Mahmudullah made a fine 77 to help Bangladesh reach a respectable 271/7 in 50 overs from being 69/6 at one point, Mehidy Hasan Miraz proved to be India’s nemesis for the second time in as many matches. Bangladesh’s bowlers were also effective in reducing India to 65/4 in 18.3 overs.

India was in rough seas when Shreyas’ 82 and Axar’s run-a-ball 56 helped them escape. Despite needing to have his injured left thumb taped, which prevented him from opening, Rohit scored an unbeaten 51 off 28 balls and put Bangladesh in danger of losing the game. However, Bangladesh maintained their flawless record of not losing a series at home since October 2016, thus it was not to be.

Brief Scores: Bangladesh defeated India 266/9 in 50 overs (Shreyas Iyer 82, Axar Patel 56; Ebadot Hossain 3/45, Shakib Al Hasan 2/39) by five runs with a total of 271/7 (Mehidy Hasan Miraz 100 not out, Mahmudullah 77; Washington Sundar 3/37, Umran Malik 2/58).