IND vs BAN: “We Don’t Know How To Close The Game”- Aakash Chopra Applauds Mehidy Hasan Miraz’s Match Winning Innings

Aakash Chopra (Image Credits: Twitter)
Aakash Chopra (Image Credits: Twitter)

According to Aakash Chopra, the Indian bowlers failed to close out the game, allowing Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Mahmudullah to put together a match-winning partnership in the second ODI on Wednesday, December 7. 

Miraz (100* off 83 balls) and Mahmudullah (77 off 96 balls) contributed 148 runs for the seventh wicket to help Bangladesh reach 271/7 from 69/6 at one point. Their bowlers then restricted the Men in Blue to 266/9, allowing the Tigers to win by five runs and take a 2-0 lead in the three-match series. 

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Mehidy Hasan and Mahmudullah.
Mehidy Hasan and Mahmudullah.. Pic Credits: Twitter.

Aakash Chopra Lauds Mehidy Hasan Miraz While Criticizing Indian Bowlers

In a video posted to his YouTube account, Aakash Chopra discussed how the Indian bowlers failed to hammer the last nail in the coffin, explaining: 

“India got off to a good start. At one point, the team (Bangladesh) was struggling. They had reached 69/6, India was all over Bangladesh, which was phenomenal. Now we were looking at 115-120 runs and that we will win easily. One thing has come true for us that we get wickets at the top but we don’t know how to close the game.” 

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Mehidy Hasan
Mehidy Hasan. Pic Credits: Twitter.

The former Indian opener named Miraz his Player of the Match for the game on Wednesday, explaining: 

“There comes Mehidy Hasan Miraz. The Player of the Match has to be Mehidy Hasan Miraz one more time. It was not an unbeaten 38-run knock this time, it was a century batting at No. 8 in 83 balls with eight fours and four sixes.” 

Aakash Chopra congratulated the spin-bowling all-rounder on reaching his full potential, saying: 

“He had a huge partnership with Mahmudullah. When he started playing for Bangladesh, he looked very impressive, but after that, his career went slightly down, and I was very surprised because he is a good player. If we talk about him, how can we not talk about Mahmudullah. He also scored 77, a 148-run partnership.” 

Miraz’s partnership with Mahmudullah was followed by an unbroken 54-run eighth-wicket stand with Nasum Ahmed. The hosts scored 102 runs in the final ten overs of their innings.

India Should Invest In Washington Sundar: Aakash Chopra

Aakash Chopra commented on India’s overall bowling performance: 

“India tried everything. Axar Patel went wicketless. Umran Malik picked up two wickets. Shardul Thakur was economical but wicketless. Mohammed Siraj proved expensive at the end – 73 runs in 10 overs. Washington Sundar once again – we have said that he is a very good player and you should invest in him, he takes three wickets.” 

Washington Sundar
Washington Sundar (PC-Getty Images)

India’s most successful bowler was Washington Sundar (3/37) The other wicket-takers, Mohammed Siraj (2/73) and Umran Malik (2/58) were run out in the final overs. 

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