Rajkot: Skipper Rohit Sharma made it a memorable 100th T20 Worldwide mixing grace with brutality in his 85 off 43 balls as India cantered to a series-levelling eight-wicket victory over Bangladesh right here on Thursday.
Chasing a simple goal of 154 on much better observe in comparison with Feroz Shah Kotla, Rohit confirmed the gulf in school between him and the others on the park, hitting six fours and half a dozen of risk-free sixes as India chased the goal in 15.Four overs.
The three-match T20 sequence now stands at 1-1 and the ultimate sport might be performed in Nagpur on November 10.
Such was Rohit’s dominance through the 118-run opening stand that it managed to overshadow Shikhar Dhawan’s (31 off 27 balls) wretched type.
Earlier, Indian bowlers led by Yuzvendra Chahal made a powerful comeback to limit Bangladesh to a sub-par 153 for six after which the dew additionally performed its half on a superb observe the place the ball was coming onto the bat.
Rohit teed off within the fourth over of the innings when he hit an off-drive, adopted by a canopy drive after which a straight six off Mustafizur Rahaman.
It was troublesome to comeback from that time for Bangladesh because the Indian captain bought boundaries and sixes at will.
Pacer Shafiul Islam was given the cost and hit over long-on for a six and gradual sweep off spinner Afif Hossain introduced up his 18th half-century on this format.
When off-spinner Mosaddek Hossain Saikat (0/21 in 1 over) tried to come back around the wicket to attempt a adverse line, Rohit hammered him for 3 sixes within the arc between long-on and mid-wicket.
Simply when a fifth hundred on this format seemed there for the taking, the skipper was out attempting to hit a seventh six. Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul then accomplished the formalities with 26 balls to spare.
Put into bat, Bangladesh couldn’t capitalize on a superb begin as Chahal’s (2-28) double breakthrough within the 13th over pegged the guests again. A fast-fire 30 off 21 balls by skipper Mahmudullah Riyad helped them cross the 150-mark.
Openers Liton Das (29 off 21 balls, 4×4) and Mohammad Naim (36 off 31 balls, 5×4) shared a 60 run opening stand.
Naim slammed profligate left-arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed (1-44 from Four overs) for 3 successive boundaries to begin on rousing notice.
Seamer Deepak Chahar (1-25) and off-spinner Washington Sundar (1-25) did handle to stem the circulation of runs however Khaleel’s poor present continued.
Chahal, on his introduction, had virtually eliminated a set Liton, however Rishabh Pant’s urge to finish glovework rapidly gave the batsman lifeline.
The TV replays confirmed that whereas whipping the bails off, Pant collected the ball in entrance of the stumps and therefore it was declared no-ball. As per the legislation, each a part of wicket-keeper’s gloves must be behind the stumps.
Das then hammered two successive fours so as to add insult to damage.
He bought one other reprieve on 26 after skipper Rohit Sharma dropped him at square-leg following a mix-up with Shivam Dube and Pant. However Pant made up for his mistake and ran Das out, with a direct hit within the eighth over, to interrupt the opening stand.
Das’s wicket slowed the scoring price and that put Naim beneath strain, who then gave a dolly to Shreyas Iyer at deep-mid-wicket off Washington as Bangladesh slumped had been 83 for two within the 11th over.
After which Yuzvendra picked two wickets within the 13th over –Mushfiqur Rahim (Four off 6 balls), who gave a sitter to Krunal Pandya after which eliminated a set Soumya Sarkar (30 off 20 balls; 2×4, 1×6) — as Bangladesh had been struggling at 103/4. Sarkar was stumped by Pant and so they by no means bought the momentum again.