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Shikhar Dhawan continues glorious Twenty20 run in Nidahas Trophy 2018

Shikhar Dhawan blasted his second consecutive fifty in the Nidahas Trophy 2018 Twenty20 tri-series for India in their vital clash against Bangladesh.

cricket Updated: Mar 08, 2018 23:11 IST
Siddharth Vishwanathan
India's Shikhar Dhawan plays a shot against Bangladesh during their Nidahas Trophy 2018 match in Colombo on Thursday.
India's Shikhar Dhawan plays a shot against Bangladesh during their Nidahas Trophy 2018 match in Colombo on Thursday.(AP)

Shikhar Dhawan continued his magnificent run in the shortest format of the game as he blasted his second consecutive fifty, sixth overall to guide India to a comfortable win over Bangladesh in the Nidahas Trophy Twenty20 tri-series on Thursday. (HIGHLIGHTS)

Dhawan’s magnificent fifty complimented the earlier efforts of Jaydev Unadkat (3/38) and Vijay Shankar (2/32) as India restricted Bangladesh to 139/8 despite dropping four catches and conceding 15 extras. (SCORECARD)

The left-hander got off the mark in style by flaying a short ball from Mustafizur Rahman and looked in great touch. Bangladesh’s bowlers made the mistake of pitching too short to Dhawan and he made them pay. Taskin Ahmed’s two consecutive short balls were dispatched for a six and a four by Dhawan to fine leg.

The aggressive opener neared his landmark by hammering Mahmudullah into the stands at deep mid wicket for his second six and he reached his landmark when he swept left-arm orthodox spinner Nazmul Islam to fine leg to notch up his half-century off 35 balls.

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Dhawan has been in magnificent form in Twenty20s in 2018, registering scores of 72, 24 and 47 in the Twenty20 International series against South Africa which India won 2-1. The 32-year-old started the Nidahas Trophy in style by slamming his highest individual score of 90 against Sri Lanka but India lost the match by five wickets.