[PHOTOS] Indian cricketers meet Air Force Aerobatic team in Nagpur ahead of 3rd T20I against Bangladesh
The Indian cricket team on Saturday met officers from the Aerobatic team of the Indian Air Force ahead of their third and final T20I against Bangladesh. The Men in Blue met with the Air Force officers during their practice session at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur. BCCI shared the pictures on its official Twitter account. The likes of Manish Pandey, Shikhar Dhawan, Rahul Chahar and head coach Ravi Shastri were spotted meeting the officers.
Opening batsman Dhawan also took to Twitter to share pictures of the meet-up and thanked the Indian Air Force for their impeccable services to the nation. "Such an honor meeting these fine officers from the @IAF_MCC. Thank you for all that you do for our country Jai Hind," Dhawan wrote on Twitter.
Such a lovely afternoon here in Nagpur as #TeamIndia caught up with the Suryakiran Aerobatic Team of the Indian Air Force @Suryakiran_IAF#suryakiranpic.twitter.com/kOXpVT8FvL— BCCI (@BCCI) November 9, 2019
Such an honor meeting these fine officers from the @IAF_MCC. Thank you for all that you do for our country Jai Hind! pic.twitter.com/Gb7ILCXhmU— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) November 9, 2019
After losing the opening match of the three-match T20I series against Bangladesh by seven wickets, the Men in Blue bounced back to hand the visitors a crushing defeat in the second T20I in Rajkot and draw the series level at 1-1. India dished out an impressive all-round performance to outclass the visitors in all three departments.
After inviting Bangladesh to bat first, Indian bowlers barring Khaleel Ahmed were impressive as they combined to restrict the hosts on a moderate total of 153/6 on a track suited for batting. While Yuzvendra Chahal picked up a couple of wickets in his quota of four overs, Deepak Chahar, Washington Sundar and Khaleel picked up a wicket apiece. Mohammad Naim top-scored for Bangladesh with 36 runs off 31 balls.
In reply, India rode on captain Rohit Sharma's brilliant 43-ball 85 to win the game comfortably by eight wickets with 26 balls to spare. Rohit was in terrific form as he smashed six sixes and six fours enroute his half-century to almost single-handedly take India over the line. He was well supported by his opening partner Dhawan, who scored 31 runs off 27 balls.
India will aim to seal the series with back-to-back wins when they take on Bangladesh in the third T20I in Nagpur on Sunday.