Bangladesh will face host Sri Lanka in the 3rd T20I of the tri-nation Nidahas Trophy at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Saturday. As for Bangladesh, this was the first game of their campaign. India needed only 17 runs to win with six wickets in hand and 20 balls left.
Veteran opener Tamim Iqbal followed soon after as he was caught by Unadkat at short fine leg off the bowling of Shardul Thakur for 15.
Earlier Bangladesh's batting faltered with only Liton Das, who top-scored with 34 and Sabbir Rahman, who hit 30 off 26 balls, giving some respectability to the total. Young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant (seven), who was promoted up the order, also failed to make an impact. However, opener Shikhar Dhawan and Suresh Raina managed to strengthen the run chase by building a match-winning partnership of 68 runs for the 3rd wicket. Suresh Raina and Manish Pandey give their contribution as 28, 27 respectively.
Rubel was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while Mustafizur and Taskin claimed one wicket each.
"I think it's obvious we didn't score the way we wanted to, but T20 is a type of format where you have to take calculated risks and look for boundaries as well". The testimony to the better performance was as many as 55 dot balls (9.1 overs). Bowlers executed plans very well. The batsmen have not been able to rotate the strike enough in the middle overs, stopping them from putting up competitive scores. The dot balls created a lot of pressure.
"One win will boost us and will reflect on our game. I think we need a game in which we can do everything right to gain the confidence and we are waiting for that momentum and if we get that you will see a different Bangladesh team". Interestingly, out of 6 matches Rohit Sharma has captained, India have won 5. Till the last ball of the game was bowled, it was clinical.
The failure of the batsmen took the sheen off decent bowling performances by pacers Mustafizur Rahman and Rubel Hossain. He bowled really well but they kept nudging him for singles to collect five or four in his overs. "They came out and did what was asked", Rohit said at the presentation ceremony. "We are much better than that", Sharma added talking about the standard of India's fielding. "Hopefully we won't make the same mistakes", he said.