India is gearing up to face Bangladesh in the fifth match of Nidahas Trophy T20 tri-series at R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo on Wednesday.
India are high on confidence by winning back to back matches after losing their first match against the hosts Sri Lanka. India will come to this game after winning comfortably by six wickets against Sri Lanka, but Bangladesh would also be looking to cause another upset after their record 215-run chase against Sri Lanka.
India could seal a final berth in the ongoing series but should not get complacent when they face this tricky Bangladesh side in Colombo on Wednesday.
Rohit Sharma’s form will be a major worry for the Indians but his captaincy record speaks for himself. Whereas the Bangladesh squad will be looking to be more tight with their bowling and not let the Indian power-hitters free their hand.
Colombo's weather is a big concern for the fans and the ground staffs as there are possibilities of thunderstorms, but there should be action, even if its hampered by the rain.
Bangladesh: Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudullah (c), Rubel Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Soumya Sarkar, Nazmul Islam, Liton Das, Abu Jayed/Ariful Haque, Mustafizur Rahman, Mehidy Hasan
India: Rohit Sharma (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Vijay Shankar/Deepak Hooda, Washington Sundar, Jaydev Unadkat, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal
Here are the Highlights:
# Stat attack: Dinesh Karthik, with 50 stumpings in the T20 format, stands fourth behind Kamran Akmal (92), MS Dhoni (70) and Kumar Sangakkara (60)
# Rohit Sharma (MoM): It was important for me to step up. Like I said at the toss I tried to take my time with the bat at the start. I felt we were 10-15 runs short with that bat at the middle stage. But Washington started brilliantly with the ball and his spell changed the game for us. The wicket wasn't the usual wicket we've been playing on for the last well. It was gripping and was slow and that is why I wanted to take my time. One set batsman had to bat and I knew a new batsman would find it tough. Raina has been timing the ball brilliantly and that is great to see. He is never afraid of flighting the ball, sets his own field and it says a lot about an individual. In the series we played against Sri Lanka in India we saw that from him and it paid off. I just told Siraj to keep it simple and we knew that that was the way to contain them. I asked him to bowl that back of a length ball because we found it tough to hit. He is a great talent, has all the capabilities of doing what a fast bowler has to do and he'll do well for us in the future.
# Mahmudullah: "The effort was there. A bit disappointed though; had someone stood up and made 20-30 runs it could have made a difference with Mushy. We could have conceded 10 lesser runs and that could have made the difference. The plan was to take the pace off the ball and stick to your strengths as a bowler, but they didn't stick to that well. The good thing is that we have a chance to make it to the finals in the next game."
# Rohit Sharma gets the Man of the Match for his 89 off 61.
# Trivia: Rohit Sharma breaks Yuvraj Singh’s record of most sixes by an Indian in T20Is
# 19.6 Overs: A slower one by Siraj and Rahim misses it! India WIN by 17 runs and takes the final berth, they will play the winner of Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh.
# 19.4 Overs: Boundary again! Rahim thrashes it in the deep extra cover region. BAN 159/6
# 19.3 Overs: FOUR! Rahim hit it for a boundary! BAN 155/6
# 19.2 Overs: Mehedi Hasan mistimes it and Raina takes a reverse cup at Long off! BAN 150/6
# Siraj to bowl the final over. 28 needed
# 18.6 Overs: Excellent over no. 19 by Shardul Thakur, gave just 5 runs off it! BAN 149/5
# Stat attack: Conceding 40+ in most successive T20I innings:
# 17.6 Overs: Thakur bowls to the sixth stump and Hasan slashes it over the backward point for a boundary. BAN 144/5
# 17.6 Overs: Thakur takes a catch but the umpire is checking on for a NO ball for beamer! Its a no ball and Bangladesh gets a free hit. Hasan on strike. 140/5
# 17.2 Overs: FOUR again! turns and lofts it over thhe keeper for a boundary! BAN 136/5
# 17.1 Overs: FOUR! and that brings up the half century for Rahim. Brilliant knock. BAN 132/5
# 16.4 Overs: OUT Bowled! Thakur strikes, change of pace and Sabbir missed it completely. Sabbir Rahman b SN Thakur 27 BAN 126/5
# 16.2 Overs: Thakur comes in and Sabbir hits and finds the mid wicket gap. FOUR! BAN 124/4
# 15.6 Overs: Sundar completes his spell. This will be a day that he will remember for a long time. 4-0-22-3. BAN 120/4
# Washington Sundar comes back to bowl his last over and the 16th over of the match! He has been phenomenal.
# Update: Requirement for the nagin dance -- 68 in 36!
# 12.6 Overs: SIX! Sabbir Rahman hits Chahal against the turn and he connected that perfectly. Over Long on for a maximum. BAN 104/4
# 11.4 Overs: FOUR! Sabbir Rahman at it this time. BAN 91/4
# 11.1 Overs: Vijay Shankar comes in and Mushfiqur Rahim gives him the same treatment. Blasted him for a boundary. This could get interesting here. BAN 84/4
# 10.4 Overs: Rahim steps out lifts it over long off and the ball just touches the fence for a SIX! BAN 79/4
# 10.3 Overs: Rahim plays it cleverly for a four in the thid man region. BAN 72/4
# 10.2 Overs: Siraj to Rahim and FOUR! BAN 68/4
# 8.4 Overs: Chahal Strikes! Mahmudullah tries to scoop it over deep mid wicket with a blind slog but puts it straight in the hands of KL Rahul standing there. Mahmudullah c Rahul b Chahal 11(8) BAN 61/4
# More update: The required run rate just hit the 10.0 mark! It is going to get tough for Bangladesh if they don't find a big over around the corner.
# 6.2 Overs: Chahal to Rahim and slashed towards deep backward point for a boundary! BAN 52/3
# 5.6 Overs: Four! Mahmudullah again. BAN 48/3
# 5.5 Overs: Mahmudullah lifts it over mid on for a boundary! That is some start for the skipper. BAN 44/3
# 5.3 Overs: Washington Sundar strikes again! It seems like Bangladesh batsmen does not have any answers for the youngster. Tamim departs and a big blow for Bangladesh. Tamim b Washington Sundar 27(19) BAN 40/3
# 3.4 Overs: Sundar strikes again! Soumya Sarkar is clean bowled, missed the flight completely. What a tournament Sundar is having. Soumya Sarkar b Washington Sundar 1(3) BAN 35/2
# 2.5 Overs: FOUR! Rohit is unhappy here. Tamim waited and dispatched the knuckle ball to the square leg fence. BAN 30/1
# 2.4 Overs: Terrible bowling by Thakur, banged in short with fine leg up in the circle and Tamim hooks it for a SIX! BAN 26/1
# 2.3 Overs: Timed to perfection. Tamim slashes one more for a boundary. BAN 20/1
# 2.2 Overs: Shardul Thakur comes in and Tamim plays a beautiful shot for a boundary! BAN 16/1
# 1.5 Overs: OUT! Das steps out again but misses the flight completely this time. DK was alert and takes the bails off with ease. Liton Das st Karthik b Washington Sundar 7(7) BAN 12/1
# 1.4 Overs: Liton Das steps out and gets good bat to get a boundary. 12/0
# The ball was missing the stumps so India's review got wasted there.
# 1.1 Overs: Washington Sundar with a loopy full toss to Liton Das and he missed it. India Review for LBW! Over to third umpire!
# 0.2 Overs: Siraj to Tamim and dispatched for a boundary! BAN 4/0
# Tamim Iqbal and Liton Das to open the innings for Bangladesh. Siraj with the new ball
# So, a target of 177 for Bangladesh. It is a competitive score but any lapses in concentration and Bangladesh are more than capable of chasing it! Stay tuned for the second innings!
# 19.6 Overs: DK hits it straight to the bowler and tried to steal a run there. But Rubel got a hold of it and dismisses Rohit! Rohit run out (Rubel) 89(61) IND 176/3
# Dinesh Karthik comes out to bat, No KL Rahul! Surprising!
# 19.1 Overs: OUT! Raina tried to get that gap between deep mid wicket and deep square leg but his shot was straight at the hands of the fielder. Raina c Soumya Sarkar b Rubel 47(30) IND 172/2
# And that brings up the 100 runs partnership between Rohit and Raina
# 18.4 Overs: Boundary again! Rohit knew exactly where the fielder was, a late cut and a boundary through the third man region. IND 170/1
# 18.3 Overs: Rohit is hitting everything he is getting. Mistimes it a bit but still gets a boundary! IND 166/1
# 17.6 Overs: Rohit and his romance with the big ones continue. Times it to perfection. Big Six! IND 161/1
# 17.4 Overs: Raina this time. Slogs it over mid wicket for a six! Both the players are speeding this up. IND 154/1
# 17.2 Overs: Big one! What a hit by Rohit! This is Rohit Sharma at his very best. Pulls a short ball to a big six. IND 147/1
# India needs to pace up the innings now. Need some big ones
# 16.4 Overs: SIX! Rohit is on song! Sweeps it for a big six over deep square leg and a spectator takes a brilliant catch there. IND 138/1
# 16.2 Overs: Raina slashes it over the short third man and backward point for a much needed boundary. IND 131/1
# 15.2 Overs: Raina without a helmet now but boundaries continue to come! Hammers it in the mid wicket region! Classic Suresh Raina! IND 122/1
# 14.5 Overs: FOUR! Raina beautifully lifts it over mid on and gets a boundary! India are now pacing up the innings! IND 115/1
# 14.4 Overs: A great bouncer by Rubel and Raina blindly tries to hook it off and edges it. Terrible fielding by Mustafizur and Rubel is fuming! IND 111/1
# 13.4 Overs: Four! Raina drives it in style. Straight down the ground and a boundary. IND 104/1
# 13.3 Overs: Six and that brings up 100 for India. A classic Suresh Raina slog between Long on and mid wicket. IND 100/1
# 12.4 Overs: Half-century for the skipper and a much needed one! IND 91/1
# 12.3 Overs: Rohit with a superlative sweep to Hider. He now moves on to 49. IND 90/1
# 10.5 Overs: SIX! Oh my GOD that is massive, Rohit steps out and unleashes his brutal force to send the ball 15-16 rows back in the crowd. IND 78/1
# Surprise Surprise! Its Suresh Raina who walks to middle of the park where everyone was expecting KL Rahul to come.
# 9.5 Overs: OUT! Clean bowled! Dhawan misread that yorker and the middle stump flies. Dhawan b Rubel 35(27) IND 70/1
# 7.2 Overs: Boundary! and that is Shikhar Dhawan at his best. Waits for the delivery and bangs it through the deep mid wicket region. IND 59/0
# 6.3 Overs: DROPPED and a boundary! Dhawan went for a biggie there but mistimed it a bit. Liton Das standing at long on drops it after a good effort, should have grabbed that. IND 54/0
#5.6 Overs: Four runs! Dhawan lifts it over mid off and one bounce to the boundary fence. That is a steady start by the Men in Blue. IND 49/0
# 5.1 Overs: Boundary! Rohit gets an outside edge and the ball slides to the third man boundary. IND 42/0
# 4.4 Overs: Six again! This time its the skipper who plays the slog sweep over the mid wicket and its a big one. IND 35/0
# 3.6 Overs: Six! Thats a monster by Dhawan, steps out and smashes it straight over the long off fence. IND 27/0
# 2.6 Overs: Four! Dhawan opens the face of the bat and drives the ball to the boundary fence. IND 18/0
# 2.5 Overs: Rohit mistimes a delivery by Rubel and skies it high, Abu Hider with a stunning mid-air effort but fails to catch it. IND 14/0
# After 2 overs India are 11/0, thanks to a boundary each by openers Rohit and Shikhar Dhawan
Rohit: "It's always a good thing, when you're batting first. We have to come out and bat well. Wicket's not going to change much. We were clinical in the last game. Dinesh and Manish finished the game well. It's about continuing that (good performance). No concerns about my own form. Spending more time is important; not playing too many shots early on. For me, the team performance matter the most. We have one change -- Siraj in place of Undakat."
Mahmudullah: "We'll have a bowl first. The wicket looks quite dry, so spinner might come into play. So want to use the conditions early on. The wickets here gets better and better. And we're playing two specialist spinners, so would like to take advantage. Lot of questions were being asked about our abilities (before the last game). Abu Hider Rony comes in, Taskin misses out."
# India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik(w), Vijay Shankar, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal
# Bangladesh (Playing XI): Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Liton Das, Mushfiqur Rahim(w), Mahmudullah(c), Sabbir Rahman, Mehidy Hasan, Rubel Hossain, Abu Hider Rony, Mustafizur Rahman, Nazmul Islam
# Bangladesh won the toss and elected to field first.