The Indian team's bowling and batting sides came together very well on Thursday (March 8) to comfortably beat Bangladesh by six wickets in the second T20I of the Nidahas Trophy tri-series being held at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
The victory means India have kept their 100% win-record intact against Bangladesh in T20Is, winning all the 6 encounters. "Right from the start to the end, it was clinical and a complete team effort", stand-in captain Sharma said after the win, as quoted on NDTV Sports. Now the next challenge is India vs Bangladesh, who played their last match against India in 2016 T20 World Cup and India has won that close encounter by one run.
Tamim's misery was ended by a well-disguised short-ball from Shardul Thakur (1/25 in 4 overs), which climbed on him sharply.His mistimed pull-shot was taken easily by Unadkat at short fine-leg. While they ran 43 singles, India during their chase had 54 in their account, showing that despite having faced a few good deliveries and two quiet overs, the continuous rotation of strike made things easier for them.
However, Dhawan and Suresh Raina stabilised the innings with a 68-run partnership, during which Dhawan brought up his half-century, before Raina was caught by Mehedy Hasan Miraz at square leg off the bowling of Rubel for 28. Hitting two sixes and five fours in his untroubled 55, he had taken India to within 17 runs of the target when he fell. Rishab Pant, promoted to No. 3, had the ideal opportunity to score runs given the absence of scoreboard pressure, but he fluffed his lines, lasting just eight balls before an over-ambitious heave sent the ball into the stumps via the inside edge. They (India) executed their plans very well, but we should have found ways to make more runs.
Shankar was named Man of the Match, and said: "I've been looking forward to this. Hopefully we'll get it".
"We looked into what went wrong in the game against Sri Lanka and we thought hitting the length was the option for us".
Bangladesh: 139 for 8 in 20 overs.(L Das 34, S Rahman 23; J Unadkat 3/38, V Shankar 2/32). We're still searching for it and I think we'll get it.