During the fifth T20I of the Nidahas Trophy between Bangladesh and India at Colombo, India have scored 176-3 in their allotted quota of 20 overs. Coming into this match on the back of their highest-ever run-chase in T20Is, Bangladesh won the toss elected to field against India.
Bangladesh had included Abu Hider in place of Taskin Ahmed in their playing eleven. India, on the other hand, had replaced Jaydev Unadkat with Shardul Thakur.
As had not been the story throughout this series, India managed to not lose a wicket inside the batting powerplay. Rohit Sharma settling himself must have come as a reprieve for the Indian team management and fans. By the end of the powerplay, India had scored 49-0.
Bangladesh followed the powerplay with some disciplined bowling efforts. At the halfway mark, India had scores 71-1. Shikhar Dhawan, who has been amongst the runs in this series, was out on the penultimate delivery of the 10th over. He scored a well-made 35 (27) with the help of five fours and a six. Having been dropped by Liton Das while he was on 23, Dhawan couldn’t make that chance count in a way that he would have liked.
Call it the presence of Suresh Raina or the fact that Rohit Sharma had got his eye in, the duo started its partnership on the basis of big shots. Raina did not waste much time before playing in a way that he is known for. Rohit, on the other hand, broke the shackles after completing his 13th half-century.
Having played enterprising innings, Raina missed out on a half-century as he ended up scoring 47 (30) with the help of five fours and two sixes. Rohit, who once looked set to become the second batsman to score three T20I centuries, missed out on the feat. He ended up scoring 89 (61) with the help of five fours and five sixes.
With bowling figures of 4-0-27-2, Rubel Hossain was the pick of the Bangladeshi bowlers.