Nidahas Trophy: India Aims to Recover Against Unpredictable Bangladesh

Isaac Cain
March 9, 2018

Opener Shikhar Dhawan struck his second successive fifty to guide India to a six-wicket victory over Bangladesh in the Twenty20 Tri-Series match in Colombo.

Dushmantha Chameera emerged as the pick of the bowlers with figures of 2 for 33 in 4 overs. Indian players Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni are at rest and the team will be lead by Hitman Rohit Sharma.

Chasing a below-par score of 140, India made merry with Dhawan's 55 off 43 took them home in mere 18.4 overs on a slowish Premadasa track. Sundar bowled as many as 13 dot balls in those first six overs. Opener Shikhar Dhawan and Middle-order batsman Manish Pandey put a courageous 95 run partnership for the 3rd wicket to lift India into the game. Sri Lanka won the toss and opted to field first.

Dhawan began to take over after Pandey's dismissal as he and Rishabh Pant added 49 runs to India's total before Dhawan was caught at long-off off the bowling of Danushka Gunathilaka for a career-best 90, which came off 49 balls and included six boundaries and six sixes. With Bangladesh's tail exposed at 107 for 5 and then 118 for 6, they barely survived the full 20 overs.

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Sri Lanka successfully chased down 175 with 9 balls remaining.

"Right from the start to the end, it was clinical and a complete team effort", India skipper Rohit Sharma said after the win. The phase continued till the powerplay where Sri Lanka had 70 on the board.

They took wickets at regular intervals and also choked the rival batsmen by not letting them score freely. Shankar could have got two wickets in his first over but Suresh Raina and Washington Sundar both dropped one catch apiece, much to the frustration of the bowler. That said, we still had a decent score but the kind of start Sri Lanka got was unbelievable. "That's because the wicket was a little slow", Dhawan said. Shardul Thakur's deliveries saw all corners of the ground as he conceded 27 off his first over. Then Dhawan and Manish Pandey (37) got together to fix the early damage with a solid 95-run stand for the third wicket.

Talking about the pitch, Dhawan said, "There was a little bit of dew at the end and the wicket was on the slower side". Especially, when the team is not going through a good spell, such doubts creep in but I have urged my teammates to keep those doubts away and step out.

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