Published: Fri, March 09, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

India elect to field against Bangladesh in T20 tri-series

India elect to field against Bangladesh in T20 tri-series

Liton Das, the beneficiary of two drops, managed 34 and Sabbir Rahman added 30 at No. 6, but apart from them, there were no contributions to speak of from the Bangladesh line-up. Among the bowlers, Jaydev Unadkat picked up three while Vijay Shankar got a couple, Yuzvendra Chahal and Shardul Thakur shared one apiece.

Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah agreed that his team did not bat well enough. We still have the capability to do a lot better and I believe that.

With the scoreboard reading 35/2, wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim (18) arrived at the crease and played some attractive shots, but his 14-ball knock was cut short by medium pacer Vijay Shankar in the ninth over. "We learn from our mistakes, it is part and parcel (of the game)", Dhawan who has appointed as vice-captain for this tour said. Shikhar Dhawan came into the tournament with good T20 form, and on Tuesday hit a solid 49-ball 90 runs to get India a good score. "The only way out is that we have to play well, there is no alternative". We have played against Sri Lanka recently, so we know what challenges to expect from them.

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WICKET! Vijay Shankar gets his first ever global wicket as the ball edges through to Dinesh Karthik, thereby dismissing Mushfiqur Rahim. Bangladesh skipper Mahmadullah said:It's obvious that we didn't bat well. "If we can play good cricket, we will do well".

Iqbal's 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. After the first six overs, even they weren't hitting the ball that frequently, it wasn't like 10 an over against the spinners in the middle overs. We need to rotate the strike more often. Been working very hard and really happy to be winning this. However, India's defeat against hosts Sri Lanka lose the confidence of Team India, now they are looking a fresh start, Victory against Bangladesh get back India in this series.

In the Bangladesh innings, there were 46 dot balls in their total of 139 and Mahmudullah said this was the major factor in the team not getting any momentum. However, he found some positives from the bowlers and informed that it will be important to have a collective approach and the Tigers are just one win away from overcoming the lean patch.

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