Anil Kumble’s India record of 6 for 12 has been surpassed by an unlikely bowler in Stuart Binny, who dismantled Bangladesh with exemplary figures of 6 for 4 in 4.4 overs as the tourists took the series 2-0 with at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium on Tuesday. “I’d love to take this wicket wherever I go,” joked Binny after bowling India to a win that looked distant after they folded for 105 in 26.3 overs.
In his third ODI, Binny picked up those scarcely believable figures by bowling honest, stump-to-stump medium pace on a Mirpur surface that assisted movement and produced considerable lift, more so after a two-hour rain delay early in the match. If India’s batsmen had struggled against debutant seamer Taskin Ahmed, who took 5 for 23 to set the record for a Bangladesh debutant, then the hosts were totally floored by Binny to be all out for 58 in 17.4 overs.
His analysis pipped Kumble’s 21-year-old record achieved against West Indies on November 27, 1993 at Eden Gardens during the Titan Cup. They are also the ninth-best figures by an ODI bowler overall.
Binny, 30, came on at first change in the 12th over with the hosts 39 for 2 and removed Mushfiqur Rahim with his fourth ball, the Bangladesh captain gloving a catch to the wicketkeeper down the legside. In his second over, he removed Mithun Ali and Mahmudullah in successive balls, and though he missed a hat-trick, the Karnataka allrounder collected a fourth in due time when Mashrafe Mortaza edged a superb moving delivery to Wriddhiman Saha. That gave him figures of 4-2-4-4.
In his fifth over, Binny bowled Nasir Hossain to record a five-wicket haul and two balls later the Bangladesh innings ended when Al-Amin Hossain was bowled for 0. India had been bowled out for the lowest ODI total against Bangladesh, but thanks to Binny and Mohit Sharma (4 for 22) to leave the home team stunned.
Binny was voted Man of the Match, not surprisingly. “I think you wait for an opportunity when you’re on top and you try to take it as far as you can. I got that opportunity today and made the most of it,” he said.
Best bowling for India in ODIs:
Stuart Binny – 6 for 4 v Bangladesh, Mirpur, June 17 2014
Anil Kumble – 6 for 12 v West Indies, Kolkata, Nov 27 1993
Ashish Nehra – 6 for 23 v England, Durban, Feb 26 2003
M Kartik – 6 for 27 v Australia, Mumbai, Oct 17 2007
Ajit Agarkar – 6 for 42 v Australia, Melbourne, Jan 9 2004
Amit Mishra – 6 for 48 v Zimbabwe, Bulawayo, Aug 3 2013
Sreesanth – 6 for 55 v England, Indore, Apr 15 2006
Ashish Nehra – 6 for 59 v Sri Lanka, Colombo, Aug 9 2005