India beat B’desh to level T20 series
Rohit Sharma, playing his 100th T20I for India celebrated the landmark with a scintillating half-century as India beat Bangladesh by 8 wickets in Rajkot to level the 3-match series 1-1. Rohit scored 85 in just 43 balls.
While his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan (31) was not looking in the best of touches, Rohit took it upon himself to kickstart the chase with two fours and a six against Mustafizur Rahman in the 4th over. Then onwards he didn’t look back as he raced to his fifty off just 23 balls. Just when it looked like India could romp home without losing a wicket, Dhawan was bowled by Aminul Islam to give Bangladesh a much-needed breather.
But Rohit continued in his merry ways and at one point looked set for a hundred. But in an attempt to reach 3 figures quickly Rohit ended up skying a short one from Aminul Islam into the hands of deep mid-wicket. His replacement Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul completed the winning formalities with 4.3 overs to spare.
Earlier, 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 was also a bit unlucky early on in the innings. On his introduction, Chahal almost removed a set Liton, but Rishabh Pant’s urge to complete glovework quickly gave the batsman lifeline. The TV replays showed that while whipping the bails off, Pant collected the ball in front of the stumps and hence it was declared no-ball.
Liton then got another reprieve on 26 after skipper Rohit Sharma dropped him at square-leg following a mix-up with Shivam Dube and Pant. But Pant made up for his mistake and ran Das out, with a direct hit in the eighth over, to break the opening stand.
On the other hand, Deepak Chahar (1/25) and off-spinner Washington Sundar (1/25) did manage to stem the flow of runs but Khaleel Ahmed’s poor show continued. Naim slammed profligate left-arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed (1/44) for three successive boundaries to start on a rousing note.
Das’s wicket slowed the scoring rate and that put Naim under pressure, who then gave a dolly to Shreyas Iyer at deep-mid-wicket off Washington as Bangladesh slumped were 83 for 2 in the 11th over.
And then Yuzvendra picked two wickets in the 13th over - Mushfiqur Rahim (4), who offered a sitter to Krunal Pandya and then removed a set Soumya Sarkar (30) - as Bangladesh were struggling at 103/4. Sarkar was stumped by Pant.
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.
Brief scores: India 254/2 (Rohit Sharma 85, Shikhar Dhawan 31; Aminul Islam 2/29) beat Bangladesh 153/6 (Mohammad Naim 36; Yuzvendra Chahal 2/28) by 8 wickets