All I wanted to do was tonk the ball: Rohit Sharma on his blistering 85 vs Bangladesh
Rohit Sharma scored a 43-ball 85 in his 100th T20I in Rajkot. (AP Photo)
There was talk of Cyclone Maha ahead of the 2nd T20I between India and Bangladesh, but thankfully, it stayed away to allow a full 40-over game on Thursday. However it was cyclone Rohit Sharma that blew away the vistors in Rajkot to entertain the 28,643 people in attendance and help India level the series 3-match series 1-1 on Thursday.
Playing in his 100th T20I, stand-in-captain Rohit Sharma bullied the Bangladesh bowlers as he belted six fours and six sixes in his 43-ball 85 as he put India on the brink of a win before being removed Aminul Islam. The hosts eventually won the match by 8 wickets with 26 balls to spare.
After being awarded the Man of the Match at the post-match conference for his blistering innings, Rohit Sharma said all he wanted to do during his stay at the crease was tonk the ball.
"We knew with the dew coming in, it will be slightly difficult for the bowlers. We had a good powerplay, and just carried on from that start. I knew the conditions were perfect. All I wanted to do was stay still and tonk the ball. It's been very good so far, and just wanted to finish it off on a good note. Looking forward to that," Rohit Sharma said.
Though, India chased down the 154-run target without any hiccups, the hosts were quite unimpressive in the first innings with their sloppy fielding with Rohit Sharma also dropping a catch. However, the captain also looked angry with his side's misfields.
"I'm quite an emotional guy on the field. Some of the decisions in the previous and some of the on-field moments today, we were a bit sloppy. Ultimately aim is to get the job done, and sometimes we display a lot of emotions. Next time I'll check where the camera is (laughs)."
After put in to bat first, Yuzvendra Chahal led India's fightback after Bangladesh openers Liton Das (29 off 21 balls, 4x4) and Mohammad Naim (36) shared a 60-run opening stand. Chahal (2/28) picked up 2 wickets in the 13th over of the innings to peg back the visitors.
Mahmudullah (30) and Afif Hossain (6) tried to steady the ship with a 25 run-stand but Khaleel broke the stand dismissing Hossain to leave Bangladesh teetering at 128 for 5 and then they just managed to cross the 150-run-mark as the bowlers bowled in right areas.