India vs Bangladesh Second T20I: Rohit Sharma’s stunning half-century helps India level the series 1-1
India vs Bangladesh Second T20I
|India: 154-3 in 15.4 Overs||Rohit Sharma: 85(43) | Yuzvendra Chahal: 2-28|
|Bangladesh: 153-6 in 20 overs||Mohammad Naim: 36(31) | Aminul Islam: 2-29|
|Result: India won by 8 wickets|
|Player of the match: Rohit Sharma|
India vs Bangladesh: Rohit Sharma makes a mockery of Bangladesh’s bowling with some brutal hitting. Courtesy of his stunning 85(43), India chased the target of 154 in just 15.4 overs.
Earlier, after being asked to bat first, Bangladesh had a good start as the opening duo of Liton Das and Mohammad Naim added 60 in the first 7 overs. Team India’s fielding in the first 7 overs was extremely poor with catches being dropped, and Rishabh Pant’s stumping being given not-out as he collected the ball just in front of the stumps.
Post the first wicket, however, tables turned for Team India as Bangladesh kept losing wickets at regular Interval. Some tight bowling by India’s spinners meant Bangladesh could only add 96 runs in the next 13 overs, taking their total to 153-6 in 20 overs.
Yuzvendra Chahal and Washington Sundar were the pick of the bowlers for India as they finished with a successful spell of 2-28 and 1-25 respectively. While Mohammad Naim top-scored for Bangladesh with 36(31).
It was that kind of a day for Rohit Sharma where the Cricket ball looked like a Football for him. Chasing 154, he literally toyed the Bangladesh bowlers by smashing them to all parts of the ground with some insane hitting.
The Mumbaikar struck some extremely glorious shots in his stunning knock. The timing of all his shots was exquisite, and his straight sixes over the bowlers’ head took us back to the memory lane of Sharjah where Sachin hit similar sixes.
Dhawan, however, didn’t look too much comfortable at the other end as he ended his knock after scoring a decent 31(27). Rohit Sharma too didn’t last long as he fell short of a well deserved century by 15 runs as he mistimed a pull off the bowling of Aminul Islam.
Rohit, however, made things very simple for India as Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul chased the target within 16 overs. Aminul Islam was the pick of the bowlers for Bangladesh with his tight spell of 2-29.
So, with the series now being leveled 1-1, it is all down to the third T20I to be played on November 10 at Nagpur.
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