Nidahas Trophy: India defeats Bangladesh by Six Wickets

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Shikhar Dhawan continued his good form as India beat Bangladesh by six wickets in the second T20I at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Thursday.

India won the toss and elected to bowl first. Sent in to bat first, Bangladesh lost wickets at regular intervals. Thirties from Liton Das and Sabbir Rahman was not good enough for Bangladesh as they could only manage a score 139 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in their 20 overs. Jaydev Unadkat picked (3/38) and Vijay Shankar scalped (2/32) to share 5 wickets between them.

In reply, Opener and current vice-captain of Team India, Shikhar Dhawan scored 55 runs off just 43 deliveries that included 2 sixes and 5 fours while Suresh Raina (28) and Manish Pandey (27*) played their part to help team India beat Bangladesh by 6 wickets with 8 deliveries to spare.

Vijay Shankar who was playing his second T20I declared Man of the Match.

Captain Rohit Sharma termed India’s performance as ‘clinical’.

In the post-match presentation, he said,” I think it was a great performance, something that was expected from us. Right from the start to the end, it was clinical and a complete team effort.”

He was happy that the team learned quickly from mistakes.

Rohit continued,” We looked into what went wrong in the game against Sri Lanka and we thought hitting the length was the option for us. We wanted their batsmen to take on the longer boundaries. Bowlers executed plans very well. We kept it simple and got the basics right, which was missing in the first game.”

The fielding performance was not that good. “Catching is something where there’s always room for improvement. We want to get better as a fielding side. We are much better than that.” Rohit added.

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