India vs Bangladesh 2nd T20I, Rohit Sharma waves his bat after scoring half-century (Photo: BCCI)
India cricket team defeated Bangladesh cricket team by 8 wickets in the 2nd T2OI at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot on Thursday to level the three-match T20I series 1-1. The series decider will be played in Nagpur on November 10.
India skipper Rohit Sharma made it a memorable 100th T20 International blending grace with brutality in his 85 off 43 balls. Rohit and Dhawan put a 118-run opening stand that set the stage for India's victory.
Chasing an easy target of 154 on far better track compared to Feroz Shah Kotla, Rohit showed the gulf in class between him and the others on the park, hitting six fours and half a dozen of risk-free sixes as India chased the target in 15.4 overs.
Holding the strike from the other end, Shikhar Dhawan struggled to connect the ball and find rhythm, but he managed to contribute in bits and pieces.
Earlier, Indian bowlers led by Yuzvendra Chahal made an impressive comeback to restrict Bangladesh to a sub-par 153 for 6 and then the dew also played its part on a good track where the ball was coming onto the bat.
Rohit teed off in the fourth over of the innings when he hit an off-drive, followed by a cover drive and then a straight six off Mustafizur Rahaman.
It was difficult to comeback from that point for Bangladesh as the Indian captain got boundaries and sixes at will.
Pacer Shafiul Islam was given the charge and hit over long-on for a six and slow sweep off spinner Afif Hossain brought up his 18th half-century in this format.
When off-spinner Mosaddek Hossain Saikat (0/21 in 1 over) tried to come round the wicket to try a negative line, Rohit hammered him for three sixes in the arc between long-on and mid-wicket.
Just when a fifth hundred in this format looked there for the taking, the skipper was out trying to hit a seventh six. Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul then completed the formalities with 26 balls to spare.
Put into bat, Bangladesh could not capitalize on a good start as Chahal's (2-28) double breakthrough in the 13th over pegged the visitors back. A quick-fire 30 off 21 balls by skipper Mahmudullah Riyad helped them cross the 150-mark.
Openers Liton Das (29 off 21 balls, 4x4) and Mohammad Naim (36 off 31 balls, 5x4) shared a 60 run opening stand.
Naim slammed profligate left-arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed (1-44 from 4 overs) for three successive boundaries to start on rousing note.
Seamer Deepak Chahar (1-25) and off-spinner Washington Sundar (1-25) did manage to stem the flow of runs but Khaleel's poor show continued.
Chahal, on his introduction, had 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. As per the law, every part of wicket-keeper's gloves has to be behind the stumps.
Das then hammered two successive fours to add insult to injury.
He 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.
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 off 6 balls), who gave a sitter to Krunal Pandya and then removed a set Soumya Sarkar (30 off 20 balls; 2x4, 1x6) -- as Bangladesh were struggling at 103/4. Sarkar was stumped by Pant and they never got the momentum back.
Mustafizur to Shreyas, full-toss, and a single off it. Rahul picks one, Shreyas hits the winning run, and India level the three T20I series 1-1.
Over Summary: 1 4 0 2 4 1 IND: 151/2
AL-Almin into his last over, Shreyas Iyer, hurries for boundaries, and gets a couple of it from the over.
Over Summary: 1 0 4 0 1 1 | IND: 139/2
Mustafizur returns for the over, Shreyas steals a boundary by cutting the ball towards third man, singles follow.
Over 13 Rohit falls
Over Summary: 0 W 0 1 0 6 | IND: 132/2
Aminul into the attack, Rohit slogs the ball, but falls short of a six and gets caught. Shreyas Iyer looks in a hurry, slams a six off the last ball of the over.
Over Summary: 1 1 0 1 2 1 | IND: 125/1
Al-Amin into his third over, he conceeds six runs off it.
Over 11 Dhawan bowled
Over Summary: 1 2 1 1 W 1 | IND: 119/1
Aminul is brought in, Dhawan struggles to connect, still gets runs on the board, and his struggle comes to an end as Aminul gets his stumps.
Over Summary: 6 6 6 0 2 1 | IND: 113/0
Mosaddek Hossain is brought in, Rohit welcomes him with a hat-trick of sixes, India go past 100-run mark
Over Summary: 1 1 0 0 1 0 | IND: 92/0
Aminul Islam into the attack, a good over finally for Bangladesh as only three runs come off it.
Over 8 Fifty for Rohit
Over Summary: 6 1 1 1 Wd Wd 1 1 | IND: 89/0
SIX!! Afif into the attack, and Rohit greets him with a slog sweep that goes over the fence.Another good over for India.
Over Summary: 1 4 0 2 4 2 | IND: 76/0
Aminul Islam is brought in after Rohit slams other bowlers, now Dhawan brings into action and slams a boundary towards long-on, a ball after, he pulls the ball towards cow corner, but there is a fielder who saves the boundary, the next one clears the boundary rope for Dhawan.
Over Summary: 0 4 1 1 6 3 | IND: 63/0
Shafiul on the attack, Rohit finds the gap again, this time in point direction, this brings fifty for India. Rohit runs down the track adn brings another six, this time to long-off. Bnagladesh look clueless at the moment.
Over Summary: 4 4 1 0 1 1 | IND: 48/0
Al-Amin into the attack, Rohit starts with consecutive boundaries as he cuts away the ball using the face of the bat, singles follow.
Over Summary: 4 4 0 6 0 1 | IND: 37/0
Rohit hits two consecutive boundaries off the first two, after a space, a charges strong and gets a six straight down the ground.
Over Summary: 0 0 0 Wd 1 1 0 | IND: 22/0
Al-Amin Hossain is on the attack, he starts with three dots, a wide follows, three runs off the over.
Over Summary: 4 1 1 1 1 0 | IND: 19/0
Shafiul Islam comes in for the second over, Rohit slams the first one for a boundary behind square, singles follow,
Over Summary: Wd Wd 1L 0 0 4 4 0 | IND: 11/0
Mustafizur on the attack, Dhawan draws first blood, picks two consecutive boundaries off the over.
Over Summary: 0 1B 1 4 1B 2 | BAN: 153/6
Khaleel into the final over of the innings, he starts with a dot ball, Aminul gets a much-needed boundary to fine-leg off a scoop shot, more runs follow. Bangladesh finish 153/6 in 20 overs.
Over 19 Mahmudullah caught
Over Summary: 1 1 W 1 1 0 | BAN: 144/6
Deepak Chahar into his last over, he begins with slower ones, OUT!! Slow bouncer does the job for Chahar as Mahmudullah cuts towards slip's direction where Dube takes a simple catch.Just four runs off the over.
Over Summary: 1 1 0 0 1 1 | BAN: 140/5
Chahal into his last over, not much action at the begining from Bangladesh as Mosaddek takes his time to settle
Over 17 Khaleel gets Afif
Over Summary: 4 1 W 4 4 0 | BAN: 136/5
Khaleel into the attack, Mahmudullah greets him with a boundary off the first ball, Afif slogs the ball in the air, but Rohit gets underneath the ball, and takes a simple catch. Mahmudullah cuts the ball to third man for a boundary, he beats the gully off the next, and gets a boundary again.
Over Summary: 2 1 2 1 4 1 | BAN: 123/4
Deepak Chahar back into the attack, Mahmudullah rotates the strike, Afif plays along on the same lines. Mahmudulalh makes some room and punches the ball into the covers for a boundary.
Over Summary: 1 1 1 Wd 1 1 0 | BAN: 112/4
Krunal continues, six runs off the over.
Over Summary: 1 0 1 0 0 1 | BAN: 106/4
After a great over by Chahal, Shivam Dube has been brought in for the attack, and he bowls a tight over.
Over 13 Chahal gets Mushfiqur
Over Summary: W 2 2 1 1 W | BAN: 103/4
WICKET!! Mushfiqur is caught and Chahl-Krunal duo does the job. The dangerous batsman is out and India finds a way back into the match. Another wicket falls, and this time, Pant makes no mistake. Two corrections by India within a over.
Over Summary: 1 6 Wd 1 0 Wd 1 0 | BAN: 97/2
Krunal Pandya is brought in for the attack, but Bangladesh is in no mood to relax, Soumya goes for a big hit, and gets a six off it. 11 runs off the over.
Over 11 Mohammad Naim caught
Over Summary: 4 1 W 1 1 1 | BAN: 86/2
Washington Sundar comes for his last over, Soumya goes for a reverse sweep, and gets a boundary off it. OUT!! Mohammad Naim picks the legth delivery and pulls it towards the fielder at long-on where Shreyas Iyer takes a simple catch.A good spell by Sundar comes to an end.
Over Summary: 2 4 1 1 0 1 | BAN: 78/1
Shivam Dube into the attack, Soumya Sarkar gets a short run, so he gets only a single off the first, but the pulls the next hard to mid-wicket for a boundary. Nine runs off the over.
Over Summary: 1 0 0 1 2 2 | BAN: 70/1
Washington Sundar bowls another good over for India.
Over 8 Liton Das runout
Over Summary: 1 W 1 0 1 2 | BAN: 64/1
A breakthrough for India, finally. Chahal bowls to Liton, Pant appeals for LBW, umpire turns i down, Liton looks for a single but Pant catches him short of his crease. India finally gets a wicket. Soumya Sarkar is the new batsman.
Over Summary: 1 0 2 1 0 1 | BAN: 59/0
A quiet over by Sundar, a good sign for India.
Over Summary: 2 0 Nb 4 4 1 1 | BAN: 55/0
Yuzvendra Chahal is brought in, and he strikes, well almost. Rishabh Pant makes another blunder as .he collects the ball ahead of the wickets to stump Liton, Das. The error gets spotted by the third umpire, and Chahal gets denied a much-needed wicket.
Over Summary: 4 0 4 0 1 1 | BAN: 41/0
Naim brings two more boundaries in the first three balls of the over, Khaleel struggles to find his line.
Over Summary: 1 0 0 4 1 1 | BAN: 31/0
Change of bowling, and Washington Sundar is brought into the attack, the run-flow did halt but then Liton finally finds a gap by sweeping the ball near fine-leg side.
Over Summary: 3 0 0 0 0 1 | BAN: 24/0
Deepak Chahar continues, Liton picks three off the first by driving the ball into the covers, three dot balls follow as Chahar keeps varying his length. This turns out to be a tight over for Bangladesh.
Over Summary: 4 4 4 0 1 1 | BAN: 20/0
Khaleel Ahmed comes in for the second over, Naim slaps the short-pitched delivery for a boundary to long-off. Another short deivery and Naim pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a boundary. Another boundary follows off the next one, this time beating the mid-on fielder.Liton cuts the last ball to third man, but for a single only.
Over Summary: 0 1 0 1 0 4 | BAN: 6/0
Mohammad Naim and Liton Das open the inning for Bangladesh,Deepak Chahar begins the bowling attack. Das gets off the mark off the second ball. Naim takes his time to rotate the strike. No fireworks from the batsmen, at least for the first over. A boundary comes off the last ball on a flick by Das.
Rohit Sharma set to become first Indian to play 100 T20Is
When India and Bangladesh step up to the field on Thursday to play the second T20I of the three-match series, skipper Rohit Sharma will add another feather to his cap.
Sharma is all set to become the first Indian to play 100 T20Is and he will also become the second player in the world to achieve the feat. Pakistan's Shoaib Malik is the only cricketer to have played more than 100 T20Is.
When it comes to Indian cricketers, wicket-keeper MS Dhoni is the second most experienced player in the shortest format of the game. Dhoni has played 98 T20Is.
India: Rohit Sharma (c), Khaleel Ahmed, Yuzvendra Chahal, Deepak Chahar, Rahul Chahar, Shikhar Dhawan, Shivam Dube, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Krunal Pandya, Rishabh Pant, K L Rahul, Sanju Samson, Washington Sundar and Shardul Thakur.
Bangladesh: Mahmudullah Riyad (C), Taijul Islam, Mohammad Mithun, Liton Kumer Das, Soumya Sarker, Naim Sheikh, Mushfiqur Rahhim, Afif Hossain, Mosaddek Hossain Saikat, Aminul Islam Biplob, Arafat Sunny, Abu Hider, Al-Amin Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman and Shafiul Islam.
India would be aiming to ensure that a plucky Bangladesh don't run away with the momentum when the two sides clash in the second T20 International, which is facing a cyclonic threat at Rajkot on Thursday.
India lost the smog-hit opening T20 in Delhi by seven wickets on Sunday, a stunning result against a side which landed here after a players' strike over pay and other issues and the suspension of their biggest cricketer -- Shakib Al Hasan -- for failure to report corrupt approaches.
In the absence of some senior players, including regular skipper Virat Kohli, the second game of the three-match series is an ideal platform for the fringe players to show what they are made of.
All this will depend on how much of an impact Cyclone Maha, which is expected to make landfall in Gujarat on match day, has on the weather in the city.
In fact, heavy rains, associated with lightening, lashed the city on Wednesday evening. The wicket at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium is, however, protected with covers.
A series loss to Bangladesh will only pose more questions to the home team as it looks to zero in on a settled squad for next year's T20 World Cup in Australia.
The hosts had a troublesome time with the bat at the Arun Jaitley stadium in Delhi where they recovered to post 148, which was chased down brilliantly by experienced Bangladesh batsman Mushfiqur Rahim.
Rohit, who had a rare failure on Sunday, would be keen to lead by example.
While the Bangla Tigers would be aiming for another loud roar, India would be looking to take the series into the decider in Nagpur.