Mushfiqur Rahim (18) and stand-in captain Mahmudullah (1) failed to make starts, with Liton Das (34) and Rahman the only other players to reach double figures as Thakur and Unadkat stifled Bangladesh at the death. Unadkat took 3 wickets and V Shankar took 2 wickets. With Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma getting off to sublime starts, it only compounded matters for Bangladesh. Man of the Match Vijay Shankar said:I've been looking forward to this.
On a slow Premadasa track, all-rounder Vijay Shankar's (2/32 in 4 overs) wicket-to-wicket stuff proved to be handy even though he had at least three catches dropped off his bowling.
They took wickets at regular intervals and also choked the rival batsmen by not letting them score freely.
Dhawan slammed a brilliant 49-ball 90 and in the process notched up his highest Twenty20 worldwide score to propel India to 174 for the loss of five wickets. We are much better than that. "We kept it simple and got the basics right, which was missing in the first game", Rohit further added. Bangladesh skipper Mahmadullah said:It's obvious that we didn't bat well. Forty four runs from six overs wasn't a bad takeaway, but with only six batters in the side, losing two wickets in the powerplay was massive, as it showed later in the innings. We have played against Sri Lanka recently, so we know what challenges to expect from them.
Spinners Yuzvendra Chahal (2/37) and Washington Sundar (2/28) provided the crucial breakthroughs to control the run-flow.
The batsman in the limelight was Shabbir Rahaman (30 runs, 26 balls), whose power hitting towards the end gave Bangaldesh's total, a hint of respect.
Raina eventually fell to a Rubel Hossain short ball, caught at square leg with Mehidy this time making no mistake. We need to executive skills and try to be calm. Not only were they finding it hard to middle the ball but also ended up playing out 57 dots. However, he found some positives from the bowlers and informed that it will be important to have a collective approach and the Tigers are just one win away from overcoming the lean patch. "I am happy my consistency is going very good and I am enjoying it".