India captain Rohit Sharma termed the team’s six-wicket win over Bangladesh in their second match of the Nidahas Trophy Twenty20 International (T20I) cricket tri-series as ‘clinical’, having overcome the shortcomings from their defeat against Sri Lanka in the opener, while losing skipper Mahmudullah felt his side were 30 runs short and struggled to cope with the nature of the wicket. India restricted Bangladesh to 139/8 and then chased down the target with six wickets and 1.2 overs to spare to register their first win of the series. For the Men in Blue, Shikhar Dhawan continued his red-hot form with a 55 off 43 deliveries, once again firing from the top while Rohit endured another difficult evening, scoring 17 runs from 13 balls before being bundled by Mustafizur. The foundation of the win, however, was laid by the bowlers – Jaydev Unadkat (3/38), Vijay Shankar (2/32), Yuzvender Chahal (1/19) and Shardul Thakur (1/25).
“I think it was a great performance, something that was expected from us. Right from the start to the end, it was clinical and a complete team effort,” the Indian captain said at the post-match presentation.
Indian bowlers had lost the match in the powerplay itself in the 1st T20I, but made a significant improvement against Bangladesh. Reflecting on their performance, Rohit said: “We looked into what went wrong in the game against Sri Lanka and we thought hitting the length was the option for us. We wanted their batsmen to take on the longer boundaries.
“Bowlers executed plans very well. We kept it simple and got the basics right, which was missing in the first game.”
Catching and fielding is something that the skipper isn’t still convinced about. “Catching is something where there’s always room for improvement. We want to get better as a fielding side. We are much better than that,” he hoped.
Bangaldesh captain Mahmudullah felt that his side should have scored 30 runs more in order to give their bowlers an opportunity to trouble the Indian batsmen, who looked comfortable in the chase of 140 runs.
“We didn’t bat well. We should have scored 30 more runs. We need to find out how to get runs on these kind of wickets. Think the bowlers did a pretty good job. We need to rotate the strike more often. Dot balls create pressure on batsmen. Need to find gaps and get boundaries in the middle overs,” said the losing captain.
With next match against Sri Lanka set up on Saturday, Mahmudullah says a win will get their confidence back. “One win will boost us and will reflect in our game. Hopefully we’ll get it.”