Shikhar Dhawan continues fine run, India thrash Bangladesh in Nidahas Trophy 2018

Shikhar Dhawan hammered his second consecutive fifty in the Nidahas Trophy 2018 tri-series as India bounced back in style with a six-wicket thrashing of Bangladesh.

cricket Updated: Mar 08, 2018 23:27 IST
Siddharth Vishwanathan
Siddharth Vishwanathan
Hindustan Times, Colombo
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Shikhar Dhawan (L) celebrates after scoring his fifty during the Nidahas Trophy 2018 encounter between India and Bangladesh in Colombo on Thursday.(AP)

Shikhar Dhawan continued his blazing form in Twenty20 Internationals as his second consecutive fifty in the Nidahas Trophy 2018 tri-series helped India bounce back with a convincing six-wicket win over Bangladesh at the R Premadasa stadium on Thursday. (HIGHLIGHTS)

Dhawan’s brilliant fifty was the bright spot on a day when India’s sloppy fielding and slightly wayward bowling was not capitalized by a Bangladesh team that looked lackluster. Chasing 140, Rohit Sharma and Dhawan started off with some boundaries. (SCORECARD)

However, the Indian skipper looked to guide a good length ball to third man but ended up dragging the delivery back on to the stumps. Rohit’s dismissal for 17 continued his poor run, having managed scores of 15,21,0,11,0 in his previous games.

Dhawan’s great run

Rishabh Pant(7) failed to capitalize as he fell to Rubel Hossain and the bowler was unlucky to have not got his second wicket as Mehidy Hasan spilled a chance at leg gully off Suresh Raina on 1. Both left-handers strung a solid partnership of 68 runs, with Dhawan getting to his sixth fifty with a sweep off left-arm orthodox spinner Nazmul Islam.

Raina (28) and Dhawan (55) fell relatively quickly but Dinesh Karthik and Manish Pandey guided India over the line. Despite the win, Rohit’s side will feel lucky that their fielding mishaps were not punished severely.

Butterfingers India

India dropped four catches, missed a run-out, bowlers conceded 15 extras, yet managed to restrict Bangladesh to 139/8. The fact India tied Bangladesh down to a slightly below-par score spoke of the ineptitude of the batsmen, who did not capitalize on their chances.

Opting to bowl, India failed to latch on to a chance off Soumya Sarkar in the first over with three fielders converging on the top-edge bit none going for the catch at fine leg.

Fielding woes continue

The first fielding lapse set the tone for India for the rest of the innings. Shardul Thakur trapped Tamim Iqbal LBW but the decision was overturned as the ball was pitching outside the line of leg stump. Buoyed by the successful review, the left-hander hit two boundaries before the batsman top-edged a pull to short fine leg.

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In the seventh over of the innings, Vijay Shankar’s quest for a Twenty20 International wicket was denied twice, with Liton Das benefiting both times. The first catch was spilled by Suresh Raina as he ran from widish mid-off but failed to latch on. Two balls later, Liton top-edged a short-arm pull but Washington Sundar put the catch down at fine leg.

Shankar finally turned his luck around by getting Mushfiqur Rahim (18) and skipper Mahmudullah (1). In the death overs, Mahmudullah’s side needed Liton (34) and Sabbir (30) to fire but both fell in quick succession. Bangladesh’s inability to make India pay for fielding lapses hurt them in a big way.

First Published: Mar 08, 2018 19:00 IST