Colombo: India produced an all-round show to thump Bangladesh by six wickets in their second match of the Nidahas Trophy Twenty20 International (T20I) cricket tri-series here on Thursday. India restricted Bangladesh to 139/8 and then chased down the target with six wickets and 1.2 overs to spare to make a strong comeback after the loss to Sri Lanka in the opening match.
Unlike the first game against Sri Lanka, Indian bowlers were right on the mark from the start after captain Rohit Sharma won the toss and opted to bowl. They took wickets at regular intervals and also choked the rival batsmen by not letting them score freely. Bangladesh, on the other hand, tried to increase the scoring rate but at the end, it only resulted in their losing wickets.
Bangladesh openers Tamim Iqbal (15) and Soumya Sarkar (14) tried to take benefit of the powerplay but in the third over medium pacer Jaydev Unadkat dismissed Sarkar to make it 20/1.With the scoreboard reading 35/2, wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim (18) arrived at the crease and played some beautiful shots, but his 14-ball knock was cut short by medium pacer Vijay Shankar in the ninth over.
Untroubled by the fall of wickets, Das continued to play his shots but lack of support from the other end started bothering the batsmen. Skipper Mahmudullah (1) was also dismissed cheaply. With 107 runs on board, the lower-order got exposed and it did not support Rahman from the other end, which resulted in his wicket. In the 19th over, Rahman was sent back by Unadkat.In the last over, Taskin Ahmed (8 not out) and Rubel Hossain (0) tried their best to make as many runs as they could but Hossain got run out while trying to steal a second run.
For India, Unadkat scalped three wickets while Tamil Nadu all-rounder Shankar, playing in only his second T20I match, took two. But Dhawan and Raina didn't look to be under pressure and scored runs at ease by minimising the risk.
Brief scores: Bangladesh 139/8 (Liton Das 34, Sabbir Rahman 30, Jaydev Unadkat 3/38, Vijay Shankar 2/32) lost to India 140/4 in 18.4 overs (Shikhar Dhawan 55, Rubel Hossain 2/24).