In a match that featured some incredible bowling, India defeated Bangladesh by 47 runs in the second One Day International (ODI) in Mirpur. After India put up just 105 runs, Bangladesh were chasing a modest 106 for the victory. Thanks to a legendary bowling performance by Stuart Binny, Bangladesh were out for an irrelevant 58.
When Binny had initially been added to this ODI roster, many questioned the choice. There was nothing concrete to justify his inclusion. All that is the past, however, as Binny made sure Bangladesh wouldn’t get close to the 106 they needed to get the victory. When Bangladesh was seemingly in the driver’s seat at 44 for 2, Binny went on a magical run to finish with figures of 6 for 4 in 4.4 overs.
How legendary of a performance was this? Binny’s were the best numbers by an Indian bowler in ODI cricket – a 50 over game – improving upon Anil Kumble’s figures of 6 for 12 against West Indies in 1993.
Even crazier was that Binny – who was playing in just his third ODI ever – took 3 wickets before even conceding a run. The man deserves a big round of applause. Mohit Sharma also put up some impressive numbers, pitching in with 4 wickets for 22 runs to secure the victory for India.
“I don’t have an explanation. All I can say is that we had a very good opportunity (to win) [...] I apologise to the nation on behalf of the team,” said Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim.