India beats Bangladesh by six wickets in their second match of the Nidahas Trophy Twenty20 International (T20I) cricket tri-series in Colombo on Thursday.
India restricted Bangladesh to 139/8 and then chased down the target with six wickets and eight balls to spare to make a strong comeback after the loss to Sri Lanka in the opening match.
A visibly disappointed Bangladesh skipper said at the post-match press conference, “We struggled in the middle overs and also played a lot of dot balls. At the same time, we threw our wickets away.”
Dhawan’s brilliant fifty was the bright spot on a day when India’s sloppy fielding and slightly wayward bowling was not capitalized by a Bangladesh team that looked lackluster. Chasing 140, Rohit Sharma and Dhawan started off with some boundaries.
Bangladesh openers Tamim Iqbal (15) and Soumya Sarkar (14) tried to take benefit of the powerplay but in the third over medium pacer Unadkat dismissed Sarkar to make it 20/1.
After adding 15 more runs to the score with new batsmen Liton Das (34), Iqbal was also sent back to the pavilion by pacer Thakur.
With the scoreboard reading 35/2, wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim (18) arrived at the crease and played some beautiful shots, but his 14-ball knock was cut short by medium pacer Shankar in the ninth over.
During the chase, India batted around Dhawan, who stroked to his sixth T20I fifty. He shared an important 68-run third-wicket stand with Suresh Raina (28) after the dismissals of Rohit (17) and Rishabh Pant (7).
Rohit cut left-arm medium pacer Mustafizur Rahman on to his stumps, while Pant was bowled by fellow medium pacer Rubel Hossain, to leave India at a spot of bother at 47/2.
But Dhawan and Raina didn’t look to be under pressure and scored runs at ease by minimising the risk.
Later, Manish Pandey remained unbeaten at 27 off 19 deliveries to see India home.