Team India defeated Bangladesh by 8 wickets in the second T20 International in Rajkot to level the series. Men in Blue made a strong comeback after facing an unexpected loss in first T20 in Delhi on Sunday.
There was talk of Cyclone Maha ahead of the match, however, it was cyclone Rohit that blew away Bangladesh in Rajkot.
Rohit Sharma, who was playing his 100th T20 International match, scored a blistering 85 in just 43 balls with six magnificent sixes. He fell 15 short of what would have been a fifth T20I hundred after got caught at deep mid-wicket.
Shreyas Iyer then applied the finishing touches as India levelled the series 1-1. The third and final T20I will be played at Nagpur on Sunday.
Earlier Liton Das and Mohammad Naim started briskly for the Tigers as Khaleel Ahmed leaked 24 runs in his first two overs.
Yuzvendra Chahal came on in the sixth, and struck at once. Or so he thought. Liton had been beaten after charging a long way out of his crease, and Rishabh Pant had whipped the bails off. The third umpire, however, ruled that the wicket-keeper had gathered the ball in front of the stumps. Liton was on 17 then.
A little later, he was put down at square leg by Rohit, who had a lot of ground to cover to complete a high catch. Liton was finally run out for 29, after some smart work from Pant, breaking an opening stand of 60.
Mushfiqur Rahim and Soumya Sarkar, two of Bangladesh’s senior players, had been their side’s top two scorers in Delhi. Chahal dismissed both of them in the same over. Mushfiqur slog-swept him, just like he had at the Kotla, and the ball sailed towards Krunal Pandya on the leg-side boundary again; this time, the fielder made no mistake.
Sarkar was thoroughly deceived by a googly and stumped; a relieved Pant was found to have gathered the ball just behind the wickets.
If Chahal was the best of India’s bowlers, finishing with two for 28 from his four overs, Washington Sundar and Deepak Chahar were also quietly efficient.
After a good start Bangladesh lost the momentum towards the mid and end of their innings , as they somehow manage to reach 153 runs mark.
Bangladesh – 153/6 (Naim 36, Sarkar 30, Mahmudullah 30, Chahal 2/28)
India – 154/2 (Rohit 85, Dhawan 31, Aminul 2/29)