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2nd T20: Dhawan's half-century lifts India to easy win

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March 08, 2018


22:36  Dhawan's half-century lifts India to easy win:  

India 140-4 (18.4 ovs) vs B'desh 139-8 | Scorecard


Shikhar Dhawan stroked his second successive half-century to guide India to a convincing six-wicket victory against Bangladesh in the second match of the T20 tri-series in Colombo.

Dhawan hit 55 from 43 balls, adding 68 runs for the third wicket with Suresh Raina, who made 28, to put India in control of the run chase.

Manish Pandey finished off things at the end, with a quickfire unbeaten innings of 27 from 19 balls.

Earlier, India's bowlers put in a disciplined performance with the ball to restrict Bangladesh to 139 for eight in their 20 overs.

Jaydev Unadkat picked up three for 38, while all-rounder Vijay Shankar bagged two for 32 and Yuzvendra Chahal and Shardul Thakur claimed one wicket each.

Put into bat, Bangladesh never got going and kept losing wickets at regular intervals.
22:33  Dhawan's half-century lifts India to easy win:  

India 140-4 (18.4 ovs) vs B'desh 139-8 | Scorecard


Mustafizur comes back as Pandey runs the first ball fine on the off-side for a four to bring the target down to 10.

A couple of singles before Pandey flays the fifth ball square on the off-side for another boundary.

He keeps strike with a single off the last ball which takes his score to 25 from 16 balls.

Rubel comes back with India needing just three runs for a win.

Pandey and Karthik pick a single each to level before the former punches the fourth ball through the covers to take India to victory.
22:26  Dhawan out for 55 but India close in on victory:  

India 126-4 (17 ovs) vs B'desh 139-8 | Scorecard


Rubel raises Bangladesh's hopes with the wicket of Raina, who tries to tuck a short ball on the leg side but ends up chipping it straight to the fielder at square leg to perish for 28.

The next ball is short as new batsman Manish Pandey ramps it over the slips for a single.

The fielder at thirdman does well to stop it just inside the ropes and keep it down to two.

In the next over, Pandey gets another boundary as he pulls a short ball from Nazimul through the leg side for a four.

Bangladesh finally see the back of Dhawan, who is caught at deep midwicket after a good innings of 55 from 43 balls off pacer Taskin.

Even though Dhawan has perished India look in control on 126 for four in 17 overs, needing 14 from three overs for victory.
22:08  Dhawan races to half-century; India in control:  

India 108-2 (14 ovs) vs B'desh 139-8 | Scorecard


Off-spinner Hasan bowls a tight over, giving away just two singles from five balls.

Dhawan looks for a boundary off the last ball as he comes down but is hit on the pads.

The umpire turns down the LBW appeal as Bangladesh take the DRS but the ball is clipping the leg stump which means the decision stays with umpire's call.

Mustafizur comes back into the attack. Raina picks one before Dhawan charges down to the pacer but fails to make proper connection for a single over mid-off followed by three more singles to get five from the over.

Captain Mahmudullah brings himself into the attack. Raina pulls the first ball to deep square leg for two runs and then takes one.

Dhawan then pulls a short ball high over midwicket for a six followed by two more singles as India continue to cruise with the bat.

Left-arm spinner Nazimul Islam comes into the attack as Bangladesh look for a breakthrough to bring themselves back into the contest.

Dhawan paddles the second ball fine on the leg side for a four to race to his fifty, from just 35 balls, his second in a row in the series.

He gets a lifeline off the next ball as wicketkeeper Rahim misses an easy opportunity to stump the left-hander.

This is proving to be too easy for India as they collect nine runs from the over.

They need another 32 runs from six overs for victory.
21:51  Dhawan rallies India after early wickets:  

India 81-2 (10 ovs) vs B'desh 139-8 | Scorecard


Raina won't hold back despite two close shaves early on. He slog sweeps spinner Hasan over midwicket for a six and then takes one before Dhawan also does the same.

Dhawan takes charge in the next over as he pulls a short ball from pacer Taskin over fine leg for a six.

The next ball is again short and this time Dhawan helps it behind square on the leg side for a boundary. Three more singles as India easily pick up 13 runs from the over.

In the next over, Dhawan survives a confident shout for leg before and Bangladesh decide against taking the DRS, with the ball looking to be heading down the leg side.

Part-time medium pacer Soumya Sarkar comes into the attack. Four runs from the first five balls before Raina plays the inside out lofted shot for a four to end the over in style.

India are well placed on 81 for two in 10 overs at the halfway stage, with another 59 runs needed from 60 deliveries for victory.

Dhawan has once again got off to a start to hit 37 from 25 balls, while Raina has made 17 from 14 balls.
21:33  Rohit and Pant perish cheaply:  

India 47-2 (6 ovs) vs B'desh 139-8 | Scorecard


Off-spinner Mehidy Hasan comes into the attack. Pant picks up a single from the second ball before Dhawan sweeps the third ball behind square for a four followed by two more singles.

Rubel comes back and he claims the wicket of Pant, who just like Rohit, drags it back on to the stumps to be bowled for seven.

Two quick wickets as India are reduced to 40 for two in the sixth over.

India nearly lose another wicket as Suresh Raina attempts a suicidal single to get off the mark. He taps it to the covers and sets for a run and is lucky that the ball missed the stumps, else he would have been on his way back.

Rubel drops short as the in-form Dhawan pulls it through midwicket for a four and then takes one to thirdman.

Raina dropped a catch when he was out on the field and Bangladesh return the gesture.

Two in two for Raina, as he gets another lifeline with the fielder close in at backward square leg putting down a sharp catch.
21:24  Rohit out for 17, India lose early wicket:  

India 33-1 (4 ovs) vs B'desh 139-8 | Scorecard


Change of ends for Mustafizur as he comes back, to bowl the fourth over. The move works as he claims the big wicket of Rohit, who is bowled for 17.

Rishabh Pant promoted to No. 3 and he looks to get into the attack immediately. He pulls the first ball but can't beat the fielder at fine leg before hits the next through midwicket for a four and takes one off the last ball.
21:16  India off to a good start after Bangladesh post 139:  

India 27-0 (3 ovs) vs B'desh 139-8 | Scorecard


Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan walk out to open the batting for India, who are chasing a modest 140 for victory at seven per over.

Left-arm pacer Mustafizur Rahman opens the bowling. Rohit guides the first ball to thirdman for one before Dhawan smashes the next square on the off-side for a four to get off the mark in some style.

Dhawan clips the next ball through midwicket for two runs and then picks a single before Rohit also takes one.

Taskin Ahmed to bowl the second over. He beats Rohit with the first ball, full and moving away, as the India captain plays a loose poke away from his body.

The next ball is short as Rohit pulls it over midwicket for a four, falling just short of the fence.

Two balls later, another short ball is hit through the covers for the same result before he picks up a single.

Rubel Hossain comes into the attack, to bowl the third over. Rohit gets an edge from the first ball, beating the fielder at thirdman and goes away for a four as the right-hander races to 15 from eight balls.

Nine runs from the over as India race to 27 for no loss in three overs.
20:52  India's bowlers restrict Bangladesh to 139:  

B'desh 139-8 (20 ovs) vs India | Scorecard


India's bowlers put in a disciplined performance with the ball to restrict Bangladesh to 139 for eight in their 20 overs, in the second match of the T20 tri-series in Colombo.

Jaydev Unadkat picked up three for 38, while all-rounder Vijay Shankar bagged two for 32 and Yuzvendra Chahal and Shardul Thakur claimed one wicket each.

Put into bat, Bangladesh never got going and kept losing wickets at regular intervals.

Liton Das top-scored with 34 from 30 balls, while Sabbir Rahman stroked 30 from 26 balls, but none of the other Bangladesh batsmen went past the 20-run mark.
20:49  India's bowlers restrict Bangladesh to 139:  

B'desh 139-8 (20 ovs) vs India | Scorecard


Thakur keeps the batsmen guessing with his variations, using the knuckle ball to good effect.

Rahman has a few swings but is beaten before he takes one off the fourth ball and Taskin Ahmed gets a single off the last ball.

Taskin breaks the shackles in the next over as he heaves Unadkat over midwicket for a four. Two balls later, Rahman repeats the shot but he manages to get it over the fence for a six.

After a couple of wides, Unadkat finally gets it right as he dismisses Rahman caught behind. But the batsman decides to take the DRS which goes against him with the ball taking the edge before it was caught behind.

Rahman walks back for 30 as Bangladesh lose their seventh wicket.

A good outing with the ball for Unadkat, who despite conceding 13 in his final over, finishes with impressive figures of three for 38 in four overs.

Thakur to bowl the final over. Rubel Hossain is run out as Taskin pushes him for the second but the former is caught short as Raina sends in a quick return to the bowler.

A brilliant last over from Thakur as he gives away just five runs to finish with one for 25 in four overs.

Bangladesh finish on 139 for eight in their 20 overs.
20:28  Bangladesh 6 down, India on top:  

B'desh 119-6 (17 ovs) vs India | Scorecard


Chahal comes back and he checks Bangladesh's charge with the wicket of Das, who comes down and hits it down the ground but is caught at long-off for 34.

Four singles from the over as Chahal finishes with excellent figures of one for 19 in four overs.

Left-arm pacer Unadkat comes back as Rahman slams the second ball square on the off-side for a four.

However, two balls later Undakat strikes with the wicket of Mehidy Hasan, who skies it high on the leg side and is caught for three.
20:17  Rahman, Das take Bangladesh past 100:  

B'desh 107-4 (15 ovs) vs India | Scorecard


Off-spinner Sundar comes back and bowls a tight over, giving away just three runs as India continue to build the pressure.

Thakur comes back as Das mishits the first ball over the bowler and picks up two ruins before he pulls the next on the bounce to fine leg for one.

Sabbir Rahman plays a nice drive off the last ball, hitting it through the covers for a four to get 10 from the over.

In the next over, Das swings Sundar over the midwicket region as it beats the two fielders in the deep for a four.

Sundar goes for 11 runs in his final over to finish with 23 runs from his four overs.

Shankar comes back, to bowl his fourth and final over. Rahman miscues the fifth ball on the leg side as Shankar sprints across on the leg side but is unable to hold on to the catch as he takes a tumble.

Shankar, who has bowled well so far, sends down two wides before sending down a no-ball to give Bangladesh another free hit.

Rahman makes most of the free hit as he paddle scoops it over the fine leg  fielder for a four to get 11 from the over.

Bangladesh have got some momentum back as they reach 107 for four in 15 overs, with Das on 34 and Rahman on 15.
19:54  Shankar claims 2nd wicket, India on top:  

B'desh 72-4 (11 ovs) vs India | Scorecard


Captain Mahmudullah wasting no time as he has a big swing against Chahal but only manages the inside edge.

He takes a single before Das plays the slog sweep only for one as Chahal concedes just three in his third over.

Das is foxed by Shankar's slower ball as he looks to swing it the leg side but is beaten. The medium pacer then oversteps to give away a no-ball and also a free hit.

The free hit delivery is down the leg side as the umpire rules it a wide and he has to bowl it again.

Das hit the next ball on the bounce to long-on for one before Shankar picks up another wicket.

Mahmudullah throws his bat at a wide one but hits it straight to Thakur at sweeper cover to perish for one.
19:48  Rahim falls for 18, Bangladesh 3 down:  

B'desh 66-3 (9 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal comes into the attack. Following three dot balls, Mushfiqur Rahim reverse sweeps the leg-spinner over the point region for a four.

He plays the conventional sweep shot off the next ball for the same result and keeps strike with one from the last ball.

Medium pacer Vijay Shankar comes into the attack. Das plays the pull shot and gets a top edge which falls safely for two runs on the leg side.

He gets another top edge off the next ball but Suresh Raina puts down a simple catch.

Das flicks the last ball uppishly as Sundar on the fine leg fence puts down a sharp chance and ends up giving away two runs.

An unlucky first over for Shankar, who has two catches put down as Bangladesh reach 51 for two in seven overs.

Chahal bowls a tidy second over, giving away just four runs including a leg bye.

Shankar drops short as Das hammers it through the covers for a four. He comes down the track to the next ball and swings hard but is beaten.

Shankar drops short as Rahim pulls it over the midwicket fence for a six. However, the bowler gets revenge immediately, getting Rahim caught behind for 18.

The umpire is unmoved but wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik immediately signals for the DRS review and captain Rohit goes for it.

And replays confirm that Rahim had indeed got the edge and has to make his way back to the pavilion.

Infact, commentator Russel Arnold confirms that there was no review as the umpire had ruled it out before captain Rohit could ask for the DRS. And they went upstairs to the television umpire to check for the no-ball.
19:26  Tamim out for 15, Bangladesh 2 down:  

B'desh 35-2 (5 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Sundar bowling a tight line as Tamim gets frustrated. After three dot balls, he tries to break the shackles trying to play the lofted shot over the off-side but fails to get proper timing as it falls just short of Rohit in the covers.

Tamim picks a single before Das sweeps the last ball over the fine leg fence for a four.

Fast bowler Shardul Thakur comes into the attack. Tamim comes down the track to the second ball but is beaten before he is struck on the pads off the third ball.

The Indians appeal for LBW which is upheld by the on-field umpire before Tamim takes the DRS and rightly so, as the ball pitched outside the line of leg stump and the Bangladesh opener survives.

Tamim then charges to the next delivery and smashes Thakur through the covers for a four and gets a boundary off the next ball.

However, Thakur gets his man off the last ball. He bowls a short ball which Tamim tries to pull but ends up offering a simple catch to Unadkat at short fine leg to perish for 15.
19:16  Unadkat strikes early, Bangladesh lose 1st wicket:  

B'desh 20-1 (3 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar are the two opening batsmen for Bangladesh, while left-arm pacer Jaydev Unadkat will bowl the first over for India.

Tamim gets off the mark with a single on the leg side and Sarkar picks a single two balls later.

Tamim then clips the fifth ball through square leg for three runs. He gets a top edge off the last ball but the ball falls right between three fielders at thirdman. Infact, the thirdman fielder initially went for the catch before deciding against it.

Off-spinner Washington Sundar to bowl the second over. He starts with a short ball which Sarkar smashes through the off-side for a four. But the bowler makes a good comeback, bowling five straight dot balls to the left-hander.

Sarkar looks in good touch as he lofts Unadkat over the square leg fence for a six and then tries another big hit down the ground but fails to make proper connection to get two runs.

However, Unadkat gets revenge with the wicket of Sarkar, who flicks it straight to the fielder at short fine leg to be dismissed for 14.

Liton Das walks in at No. 3 and he gets off the mark with one before Tamim keeps strike with a single from the last ball.
18:35  Unchanged India elect to bowl vs Bangladesh:   India captain Rohit Sharma has won the toss and elected to bowl against Bangladesh in the second match of the T20 tri-series.

India have opted against making any changes despite going down to hosts Sri Lanka in the first match.

"It's important to back the players," says Rohit explaining his decision to retain the same.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah says they are going in with five bowlers and six batsmen.
18:30  2nd T20: India keen to bounce back against Bangladesh:  Welcome to the coverage of the second match of the T20 tri-series between India and Bangladesh in Colombo, on Thursday.

India's second-string team led by Rohit Sharma will be keen to bounce back after their opening loss to Sri Lanka in the tournament opener.

Sri Lanka, who have been beaten fair and square by India in their umpteen battles over the past six months, pulled one back in style on Tuesday courtesy Kusal Perera's swashbuckling knock of 66 from 37 balls.

The home team's surprise victory has also spiced up the tournament, which many expected to be dominated by India, despite fielding a second-string team.

Defending a decent 174 for five, the inexperienced bowling attack did not have an answer to Perera's relentless aggression. Yuvzendra Chahal, the only frontline spinner in the eleven, too was not spared.

How Rohit and Dhawan start will always be important for India's chances but against Bangladesh, they would like to score more in the death overs than they did against Sri Lanka.

Rohit is not expected to make many changes in the eleven but Axar Patel, who is the most experienced spinner in the squad, might play alongside Chahal.

The talented KL Rahul too sat out of the first game but as the opening combination is settled, it remains to be seen if he gets to bat in the middle-order.

Washington Sundar was the pick of the bowlers against Sri Lanka, striking twice at an acceptable economy rate of seven runs per over.

In the absence of the rested Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, the likes of Shardul Thakur and Jaydev Unadkat need to up their game in the unforgiving death overs. Thakur leaked as many as 27 runs in his first over against Sri Lanka but bounced back well to concede only three in his next attempt.

Facing Bangladesh in the shortest format has always been challenging for India and it will be no different on Thursday.

Mahmudullah will continue to lead the side in absence of the injured Shakib Al Hasan, who also missed the T20 and Test series against Sri Lanka at home.

Having lost the Tests, T20s and the ODI tri-series final to Sri Lanka, Bangladesh will be desperate to buck the recent trend.

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