Losing start for Tigers in Nidahas Trophy


Sports desk: Bangladesh made a losing start as they suffered a six-wicket defeat to India in the second match of the Nidahas Trophy tri-nation T20I series held on Thursday at R Premadasa Cricket Stadium in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Opener Shikhar Dhawan smashed 43-ball off 55-run as India comfortably chase down the winning target of 140 for the loss of four wickets.

The southpaw opener Dhawan hit five boundaries and two over boundaries and also shared 68-run third wicket stand with Suresh Raina who chipped way 27-ball off 28-run that included one boundary and one over boundary.

Dhawan eventually removed by Taskin Ahmed when India only 17 runs far from their victory target.

Manish Pandey (27 n.o) and Dinesh Kartik (2 n.o) completed the remaining formalities for India with eight balls to spare.

Pacer Rubel Hosssain bagged two Indian wickets for 24 runs while Taskin Ahmed and Mustafizur Rahman shared one wicket each.

Earlier, India kept Bangladesh down to 139 for eight from their allotted 20 overs after India put Bangladesh to bat first.

Jaydev Unadkat struck early on Bangladesh innings as he removed opener Soumya Sarkar for 14. Tamim Iqbal (15) was the next batsman to GO off Thakur delivery.

Mushfiqur Rahim (18) and stand in captain Mahmudullah (1) also failed to take the team’s responsibility, leaving Bangladesh in a deep trouble.

Bangladesh desperately needed a partnership in this crucial stage to rebuild their innings but wickets fell in regular intervals in the face of tight bowling display by the Indian bowlers.

Liton Das, who shine with bat in the lone practice match against Sri Lanka’s Board president’s XI, again showed his mettle top-scored with a 30-ball 34 while Sabbir Rahman produced 30 down the order but received very little support from other end as tail-ender failed to reach the double figures and Bangladesh eventually restricted at 139 for 8 from their allotted 20 overs.

Jaydev Unadkat was the most successful bowler for India as he grabbed three Bangladeshi wickets conceding 38 in his four overs. He was well supported by Vijay Shankar who bagged two wickets giving away 32 runs.

Earlier, India lost their opening match of the series by five wickets against host Sri Lanka. bss


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