India’s tormentor idolises Mohammad Amir

Left-arm pacer Mustafizur Rahman tore through the Indian batting order once again to help Bangladesh seal the three-match one-day international series with a thumping six-wicket win in Dhaka on Sunday.


Mustafizur picked up where he left off in the opening match, when he claimed 5-50, to grab 6-43 and help bowl India out for 200 runs, a target Bangladesh reached in just 38 overs.

The hosts were given a target of 200 runs in 47 overs based on the Duckworth/Lewis method after rain interrupted play for more than an hour towards the end of India’s innings.

Rookie Rahman was instrumental in Bangladesh’s 79-run win on Thursday and his off-cutter and subtle changes in pace made him only the second bowler, after Zimbabwe’s Brian Vitori, to claim five wickets or more in each of his first two ODIs.

“I wanted to perform well on debut. I know only a few have taken five on debut, but all I wanted was to do well against India,” Indian media quoted the 19-year-old Rahman as saying.

“Mohammad Amir is my idol,” he said.

“I just follow the bowling of Mohammad Amir. His spot-fixing allegations don’t bother me,” the young pacer added.