Mehidy Hasan Miraz hit his maiden one-day international century and took two key wickets as Bangladesh prevailed in a five-run win against India on Wednesday.
Bangladesh take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series going into Saturday’s final match.
All-rounder Miraz made an unbeaten 100 and put up 148 runs for the seventh wicket alongside Mahmudullah Riyad to pull Bangladesh off a precarious 69-6 to post 271-7 in Dhaka.
India’s skipper Rohit Sharma batted at number nine with an injured thumb and scored an unbeaten 51 off 28 balls to scare Bangladesh as India finished with 266-9 in 50 overs.
“I feel very happy. Winning the series as captain is a dream come true,” said skipper Liton Das, who led Bangladesh to their first ever ODI series after regular captain Tamim Iqbal missed out through injury after the triumph.
Liton added: “We lost six wickets but the way Miraz and Riyad bhai played was brilliant.”
Rohit, who hit five sixes in his blitz and needed a six to win on final ball when Mustafizur Rahman held his nerve, had gone for the scans after taking a hit while attempting a sliding catch in the inning of the bangladesh.
Rohit dropped Bangladesh opener Anamul Haque in the second over of the match as the ball appeared to catch his web between his thumb and forefinger with blood oozing out as he walked off the pitch.
“Honestly, the thumb isn’t too big,” Rohit said. “A few dislocations on the finger, but not a fracture, which is why I might come and bang.”
Mehidy, who opened the bowling with his off spin, returned figures of 2-46 when he struck with the wickets of KL Rahul, out lbw for 14, and Shreyas Iyer, top scorer with 82.
Fast bowler Ebadot Hossain excelled with three wickets including Virat Kohli bowled for five and subsequently broke off southpaw Axar Patel’s hitting on 56.
But Mehidy and ex-captain Mahmudullah took victory with the highest seventh wicket against India of any team in 50 matches, countering an inspired bowling attack.
India’s Mohammed Siraj led the attack after disposing of early goals and the other speedy Umran Malik, who also picked up two, soon joined forces to push Bangladesh onto the back foot.
Mystery spinner Washington Sundar struck three times in seven deliveries including key wickets from Shakib Al Hasan (eight) and Mushfiqur Rahim (12).
Mehidy, who starred in his side’s opening win by one wicket, struck back and reached his third ODI fifty and soon after Mahmudullah hit his 27th half-century. The duo then switched gears with regular boundaries.
Umran, a quick jerk, finally caught Mahmudullah, but Mehidy held the charge to reach his hundred on the last ball of the innings in an unbeaten stand of 54 with Nasum Ahmed, who made 18.
Bangladesh were winning their second successive series against India after overcoming them in their previous home fixture in 2015.
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