Late-order fireworks by Dinesh Karthik, 29 of 8 balls, and top-order batting display by Rohit Sharma resulted in India securing a thrilling 4-wicket over Bangladesh. The Shakib al Hasan-led team, batting first, managed to put up a competitive score of 166 runs thanks to Sabbir Rahman 77.
While conventional wisdom dictates that batting first is always a better option in any pressure game, Indian skipper Rohit Sharma, observing the trend in the series, decided to bowl first and brought in Jaydev Unadkat to replace Mohammed Siraj in the team. On the other hand, Bangladesh skipper Shakib
Indian spinners seize
initiative with quick wickets
Staying true to the skipper’s perception of slow wicket
Sabbir Rahman special takes Bangladesh past 150
The stage was all set for India to wrap things up easily and Chahal increased that possibility by sending Rahim packing for 9. After a parsimonious over, however, India’s nightmare came true as Mahmudullah managed to score 10 runs off the next over to start what was an interesting passage of play for Bangladesh. The team managed to score runs on a consistent note and decided to bring a cautious approach to their arsenal. They didn’t play any rash shots and only waited for wide outside off-stump balls to hit behind the square. When Dinesh Karthik and Shankar joined hands to dismiss Mahmudullah, which can only be considered as a classic case of
Savage Rohit keeps India in
India needed a good start from their openers to be able to chase down the total and the abilities that Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma have, it was going to be nothing but a cake walk. The duo also lived up to the expectations as they scored 21 runs in a single over to give India a dream start to the innings. However, after one over of madness, Dhawan was sent packing as Shakib extracted a leading edge to get him out for 10 before Suresh Raina was out for a duck in the next over. But that didn’t mean that the floodgates were opened by then and Rohit kept on playing his attacking brand of game and found a perfect partner in the form of KL Rahul. The pair forged a 51-run partnership before Rahul gave a simple catch to Rahman to open a slender of hope to the Bangla Tigers as India were at 84/3 in 10 overs.
Dinesh Karthik produces
Dhoni- finish to win Nidahas Trophy esque
However, it was still India’s game to lose due to the presence of Rohit in the middle and Manish Pandey needed to get going so as to make sure that India didn’t lose the momentum. But, Pandey, like most times, failed to get off the blocks and couldn’t unleash fireworks which meant run-rate climbing up and quickly. Rohit also became a sedate run-getter and failed to clear the long-on boundary after scoring his half-century when India still needed 69 runs to win and the dismissal also brought Vijay Shankar to the crease. Shankar was also known to be a hard-hitter in the domestic arena and upon his first batting responsibility with the Indian
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