In-form Dhawan takes India home
Colombo: Shikhar Dhawan continued with his imperious form as India got back to winning ways with a comfortable six-wicket victory over Bangladesh in the second match of the Nidahas T20 tri-series here on Thursday.
Chasing a below-par score of 140, India made merry with Dhawan’s 55 off 43 took them home in mere 18.4 overs on a slowish Premadasa track. After an indifferent Test series in South Africa, the Delhi left-hander had found his mojo back at the start of the limited overs leg in South Africa. His sequence of score in the last five T20 reads : 55, 90, 47, 24, 72.
Along with the seasoned Suresh Raina (28 off 27 balls), Dhawan added 68 runs for the third wicket as the paltry target was knocked off with minimum fuss despite a couple of early breakthroughs of skipper Rohit Sharma (17) and young Rishabh Pant (7).
Dhawan started with a square driven boundary off Mustafizur Rahaman. He used the pace of Taskin Ahmed’s bouncer to hook him behind square for a six and then played a pull shot off the next delivery.
When off-spinner Mahmudullah dropped one short, he rocked back and smashed him over cow corner for a six. The second consecutive half-century came off 35 balls when he chased a wide delivery from left-arm spinner Nazmul Islam. In all, Dhawan hit five fours and two sixes.
With Dhawan in fine touch, Raina played freely at the other end, taking the singles and hitting the odd boundary. He played his customary slog sweep off Mehedy Hasan Miraz over deep mid-wicket.
When Dhawan was finally gone off Taskin’s delivery, India needed 17 runs, which Manish Pandey (27 no off 19 balls) and Dinesh Karthik (2 no) got without breaking much sweat.
Earlier, India’s young bowling unit got its bearings back with a disciplined effort to restrict Bangladesh to a modest 139/8 exorcising the ghosts of a nightmarish effort against hosts Sri Lanka in the opener.
On a slow track, 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 most number of wickets but he was inconsistent throughout his four-over spell.
Captain Rohit once again started with off-spinner Washington Sundar (0/23 in four overs) and the normally dangerous Tamim Iqbal (15, 16 balls) found it difficult to get going in the Powerplay overs.