Bowlers executed their plans really well: Rohit
Calcutta: India's stand-in captain Rohit Sharma heaped praise on teammates after recording an emphatic six-wickets victory over Bangladesh in the second match of the Nidahas T20 tri-series in Colombo on Thursday night.
"It was a great performance - something that was expected from us. Till the last ball of the game was bowled, it was clinical. We looked into what went wrong against Sri Lanka and we thought hitting back of a length was a good option.
"We wanted them to go after the long boundaries. I thought the bowlers executed their plans really well. They came out and did what was asked," Rohit said at the presentation ceremony.
The inexperienced bowling line-up gave a much better account of themselves, using the conditions well. The testimony to a better performance was as many as 55 dot balls (9.1 overs) being bowled by the Indian bowlers.
On a slow 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. Jaydev Unadkat (3/38) had the most number of wickets but he was inconsistent throughout his four-over spell with a mixture of good deliveries followed by half-volleys.
Rohit agreed that India need to improve on catching. "We need to improve our catching. We want to get better as a fielding side in every game we play. We are much better than that. Hopefully we won't make the same mistakes," he said.
Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah agreed that his team did not bat well enough. "It's obvious that we didn't bat well. We should've scored a lot more runs, probably 30 more runs."
Rohit once again started with off-spinner Washington Sundar (0/23 in four overs) and Tamim Iqbal (15, 16 balls) found it difficult to get going in the Powerplay overs. Sundar bowled as many as 13 dot balls in those first six overs.
Tamim's opening partner Soumya Sarkar (14 off 12 balls) flicked Unadkat over long-leg for a six but the Saurashtra left-armer had the last laugh when he was caught at short fine-leg trying to whip a rising delivery.
Mahmudullah added that the Indian bowlers were more disciplined on Thursday. "They executed their plans very well but we should have found ways to make more runs. We need to rotate the strike more often.
"The dot balls created a lot of pressure. I think we are just one win away from getting a boost. We're still searching for it and I think we'll get it."
Vijay Shankar said he was happy to win the Man of the Match award. "I've been looking forward to this. I have been working very hard and really happy to be winning this.
"I've been working hard on my bowling over the last few years and bowling is something that has given me something extra in my game. Playing with this team is a dream and everyone in the dressing room is very supportive."