Rohit Sharma led India to victory in the 2nd T20I of the series against Bangladesh to level the series 1-1. The decider will take place on November 10 at Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur.
It was Indian skipper Rohit Sharma’s day as the star batsman went on to score 85 in his 100th T20I appearance.
Bangladesh, who was put to bat 1st against India in the 2nd T20I of the series, looked toothless with their batting approach. The visitors put on 153/6 in 20 overs on a batting-friendly Rajkot pitch. Liton Das (29 off 21 balls), Mohammad Naim (36 off 31 balls), Soumya Sarkar (30 off 20 balls) and skipper Mahmudullah (30 off 21 balls) we’re the significant contributors with the bat.
For India, Yuzvendra Chahal picked up two wickets while Chahar, Khaleel, and Washington Sundar picked up one scalp each.
The hosts gunned down the target in just 15.4 over at the loss of two wickets. The skipper Rohit Sharma, who was playing his 100th T20I, looked in sublime touch. The veteran went on to score 85 runs off 43 balls with six boundaries and as many sixes. Shikhar Dhawan (31 off 27 balls) and Shreyas Iyer (24* off 13 balls) helped the captain’s cause. India won the 2nd T20I by eight wickets and leveled the series 1-1 with the final T20I to go.
For Bangladesh, all the bowlers went for the penalty. Only the young leg-spinner Aminul Islam was successful. He picked up both the wickets and went for 29 runs off his four overs.
Rohit Sharma was awarded man of the match for his match-winning knock.
India vs Bangladesh 2nd T20I – What Did The Captains Say
Rohit Sharma: Both the spinners are brilliant, and they understand their bowling well. They always have conversations with the coach and the captain as how to improve. They played a lot of domestic cricket, and Sundar has been our new ball bowler, and today, I wanted to change it, considering how big the ground is. Quite an emotional guy on the field and some of the decisions we made in the last game, we were pretty sloppy, but the focus is to get the job done, and those are the emotions that come out. Always know this is an excellent track to bat on, and with dew coming in, it will be difficult for the bowlers to grip the ball, and we took maximum advantage of that.
I never underestimate the opposition, particularly the bowlers… all these years, I have only tried to do my best when I have the bat in my hand. I knew the conditions were perfect and there was no turn on offer, all I wanted to do was remain stationed and tonk the ball. We want to finish well, and there is a whole West Indies series coming up and not to forget the two Test matches as well.
Mahmudullah: I think that was a perfect wicket to bat on, and 180 would have been defendable. They (Rohit and Shikhar) started superbly and got the momentum. On a wicket like this, wrist spinner is a very handy bowler to have on your side, and Chahal showed that. He (Aminul) is an excellent find for Bangladesh, and it’s fantastic to see the efforts he put in. Hopefully, he will continue like this. If we get a good wicket in Nagpur, we will look to plan better and score as much as we can.
Both the teams will face each other on November 10 at Nagpur for the third and final T20I of the series.