Tigers stutter to tricky total

Staff Correspondent | Published: 22:54, Nov 07,2019


Indian spinner Yuzvendra Chahal (R) celebrates the wicket of Bangladesh batsman Mushfiqur Rahim (L) during their second T20 international match at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot on Thursday. — AFP

Bangladesh had to settle for a humble total against India in their second Twenty20 match on Thursday due to their stop-start innings with a number of their batsmen failing to convert promising starts.

Four Bangladesh batsmen, Mohammad Naim, Soumya Sarkar, skipper Mahmudullah and Liton Das got starts but threw away their wickets in crucial junctions of the match, which resulted in Bangladesh posting 153-6 after promising a loftier score in the initial part of the innings.

Bangladesh were asked to bat first in a batting friendly wicket in Rajkot and the Bangladesh openers made India skipper Rohit Sharma doubt his decision after the powerplay, as they dominated the Indian opening bowlers to reach 53-0.

The Tigers’ innings got the first jolt in the eighth over, when Liton, after getting reprieved twice through India’s fielding gaffes, ran himself out after scoring 29 off 21 balls.

Naim, trying to maintain the high run rate, attempted to play some aggressive shots but played one shot too many and found himself back in the pavilion three overs later.

Soumya was carrying on from the previous match, countering the Indian attack affectively, but tried to play an unnecessary lofted shot off leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, only to be stumped.

With Mushfiqur Rahim already left for four, the onus then fell on the skipper, and he was using his experience to squeeze out runs in a good rate and gave Bangladesh hope of a final flurry to finish on a competitive total.

But in the penultimate over, Mahmudullah also gave way, when he was deceived by Deepak Chahar with a slow bouncer to head back to the pavilion.

Despite getting off to a positive start and multiple top-order batsmen getting set, Bangladesh kept stop-starting throughout their innings and had to settle for a below-average total.

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