After facing defeat in the 1st T20I, India hit back and defeated Bangladesh in 2nd and 3rd T20I to clinch the series 2-1.
In the 3rd and final T20I, hosts India came out to bat 1st. KL Rahul (52 off 35 balls), Shreyas Iyer (62 off 33 balls) and Manish Pandey (22 off 13 balls) helped India’s cause to post 174/5 in 20 overs.
For Bangladesh, Soumya Sarkar and Aminul Islam picked up two wickets each while Al-Amin picked up one scalp.
In the chase, Bangladesh started exceptionally well. Young opening batsman Mohammad Naim was superb with the bat in hand. He churned out 81 runs off 48 balls. He was unfortunate not to get enough support from the other end to take Bangladesh to a historic win. Except for Mohammad Naim (81 off 48 balls) and Mohammad Mithun (27 off 29 balls) were the only batsmen to go into double figures. Middle and lower-order collapse meant that Bangladesh would have to wait further to register a T20I series victory against India.
For India, Deepak Chahar broke the World Record of best bowling figures in a T20I. The right-handed pacer conceded seven runs and picked up six wickets in 3.2 overs, including a hat-trick. Shivam Dube and Yuzvendra Chahal picked up three and one wickets respectively to restrict Bangladesh to 144/all-out in 19.2 overs.
Deepak Chahar won the man of the match award for his record-breaking bowling spell.
Bangladesh vs India 3rd T20I – What Did The Captains Say
Rohit Sharma: It was the bowlers who won us the game. I know how tough it was in the middle, considering the dew factor. At one stage it was looking easy for them when they needed 70-odd of 8 overs; things were looking tough for us. It was a great comeback from us. The boys took responsibility and raised their hands. I just reminded them this (pointing towards the badge on the jersey) is what we are playing for. I can understand when wickets are not falling, and it’s hard to pick ourselves up. I just had to remind what team they’re playing for, credit to the bowlers. Also to the batsmen – the way Rahul and Iyer played, that was magnificent. That is what we want from the team – individuals taking responsibility. Until we get close to the World Cup, we got to find the right balance. A few guys are missing, but they’ll come back. Keeping everything in mind, we have few games in mind before we get into that flight to Australia. If we keep performing like we did today, it’s going to be a big headache for Virat and the selectors.
Mahmudullah: I think we had a chance looking at the way Naim and Mithun had a partnership. We lost wickets in a fast way, and that cost us the game. We needed 49 runs in 5 overs, we had a chance, but we missed it. The efforts that boys have put in, that was good to see. We could not finish it well after winning the first game. I think he (Naim) is a very talented batsman, the way he played his innings, it was a calm and composed one. All the three seamers executed their plans and bowled well in the series.