Nasir Hossain starred in Bangladesh A’s 65-run victory over India A in the 2nd ODI of the unofficial ODI series with an unbeaten century and a fifer, helping his team level the series 1-1, with one match to go. Here are the five talking points about the match:-
1. Agarwal – A promising batsman
Agarwal has had a good List A season so far, having scored 349 runs in his last five matches, including a huge 176 against South Africa A. He could manage only 24 in this match after getting a good start with four boundaries, but the young man from Bangalore can make it to the big stage only if he keeps performing consistently.
2. Dhawan-continuing good show
Rishi Dhawan took three wickets for 44 runs in his 10 overs, being those of Soumya Sarkar, Mominul Haque and Liton Das. He struck twice when big partnerships loomed, but was unable to prevent Nasir from stealing the show. The 25-year old from Mandi in Himachal Pradesh now has 10 wickets from his last five List A games.
3. Chand’s fifty
Unmukt Chand gave a good start to India A innings with his fifty, but could not carry on. His 56 off 75 balls included seven boundaries. This is the third fifty for the right-handed batsman in his last seven List A games. Nevertheless, he could perform even better given his tremendous potential, testified by his show in the 2012 U-19 World Cup.
4. Rubel’s four-for
Nasir and Rubel together swept through the Indian batting order, as India collapsed from 119 for 1 at one stage to 187 all out. Rubel Hossain took 4 wickets from his 9 overs, giving away only 33 runs. He took the crucial wickets of Mayank Agarwal, Manish Pandey and Sanju Samson, along with that of Karn Sharma.
5. Nasir Hossain’s all-rounder show
Nasir Hossain put up a brilliant all-round performance with a score of 102* after coming in to bat at 82 for 5 in the 19th over of Bangladesh innings, this being his third century in List A games. He later took a five-wicket haul, including the important wickets of Unmukt Chand and Suresh Raina.