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India elect to field against Bangladesh in T20 tri-series

09 March 2018
India elect to field against Bangladesh in T20 tri-series

Shikhar Dhawan slammed his second fifty of the series while bowlers also came to the fore as India registered a comprehensive six-wicket win over Bangladesh in their second match of the Nidahas Trophy, at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Thursday.Chasing a modest target of 140, the "Men in Blue" got off to the flawless start as opener Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan started to hit boundaries from the word go.

Skipper Rohit once again started with off-spinner MS Washington Sundar (0/23 in 4 overs) and the normally risky Tamim Iqbal (15, 16 balls) found it hard to get going in the Powerplay overs.

The wicket wasn't as quick as most batsmen would have liked and Bangladesh batsmen's reluctance to play the ball around the ground proved decisive in their poor show in the middle overs. There lay Sri Lanka's advantage, on what Dhawan believed was otherwise a slow-paced surface. They also added 68 runs for the third wicket, which turned out to be a match-winning one. He reached his fifth T20I fifty off 30 deliveries and was looking set to record a maiden ton when he was caught at long-off in the 18th over.

India were cruising in their chase, at 108/2 in 14 overs, when Raina fell to Hossain in the 15th. Shikhar Dhawan cracked 90 off 49 deliveries to drive India to 174 for five but the hosts knocked off the target with nine balls and five wickets in hand.

For Sri Lanka Kusal Perara smashed 66 off 37 balls hitting 6 fours and 4 sixes. In an over of Shardul Thakur, he scored 27 runs. But in the end Thakur had the last laugh.

He attempted it for the third time as well, only to get a top edge to Jaydev Undakat at short fine leg.

WICKET! Vijay Shankar gets his first ever global wicket as the ball edges through to Dinesh Karthik, thereby dismissing Mushfiqur Rahim. And despite the early loss of opener Soumya Sarkar, boosted with Liton's innings, Bangladesh posted 186 on the board losing five wickets in their stipulated 20 overs. Liton Das and Sabbir Rahman just about made it to the 30s. In the 19th over, Rahman was sent back by Unadkat.

The Indian bowlers, however, quickly moved on from that thrashing and on Thursday restricted the Tigers to a mediocre total on what appeared a batting friendly wicket.