Nidahas Trophy: India roared back to winning ways, thumped Bangladesh


Shikhar Dhawan scored 55 runs from just 43 deliveries against Bangladesh today. Image Source: BCCI

XtraTime Web Desk: Rohit Sharma led Indian cricket team roared back to the winning ways as they beat neighbour Bangladesh by 6 wickets in the second match of the tri-nation Nidahas Trophy in Colombo today. With this win they remained unbeaten against Bangladesh in any T20I game. Earlier winning the toss Rohit sent Bangladesh to bat first and restricted them on just 139 for the loss of 8 wickets in 20 overs. In reply the Men in Blue achieved the target with 8 balls to spare thanks to a brilliant half-century from vice-captain Shikhar Dhawan (55).

Both Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar got the start but failed to score big. The Indian bowlers bowled tightly in the middle overs restricted the run-rate of Bangladesh innings. Jaydev Unadkat was the pick of the bowlers for the Men in Blue as he took 3 wickets today, Vijay Shankar, Shardul Thakur and Yuzvendra Chahal backed him well as well. Liton Das’s highest score of 36 and Sabbir Rahman’s 30 helped the Tigers to post 139 for 8 in 20 overs.

Defending a low total, Bangladesh needed some early wickets to put the pressure on India. Mustafizur Rahman gave the early breakthrough by dismissing India skipper Rohit Shrama on 17. Couple of overs later Rubel Hossain bowled Rishabh Pant out on 7. After that Shikhar Dhawan and Suresh Raina shared a partnership of 68 runs for the 3rd wicket. Rubel got rid of Raina on 27. Dhawan tried to hit clear the boundary but caught out on 55. Manish Pandey’s unbeaten knock of 27 runs sealed an comprehensive 6-wicket win for India.

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