India ease into six-wicket win

Staff Correspondent | Updated at 12:59am on March 09, 2018


Bangladesh batsman Liton Das plays a shot during their Nidahas Tri-Series Twenty20 international match against India at the R Premadasa stadium in Colombo on Thursday. — AFP photo

India’s Shikar Dhawan struck 55 runs after their bowlers restricted Bangladesh to an ordinary total as they notched a comfortable six-wicket win in the second match of the tri-nation Twenty20 tournament at R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Thursday.
Chasing a small total of 140 runs, India reached 140-4 in 18.4 overs after the Tigers could manage to score 139-8 in their 20 overs.
Mustafizur Rahman struck early in the third over bowling Indian skipper Rohit Sharma out for 17 before Rubel Hossain dismissed Rishabh Pant for seven.
Mehedi Hasan dropped Suresh Raina for one in the same over off Rubel and the southpaw added 68 runs for the third wicket with Dhawan to ease them to victory.
Raina made 28 runs before he became the second victim of Rubel.
Dhawan smashed his second consecutive fifty in the ongoing Nidahas Trophy and scored 55 off 43 balls with five fours and three sixes before he was caught at long-on off Taskin Ahmed.
Manish Pandey remained unbeaten on 27 and Dinesh Karthik was not out on two as India opened their account in the tri-series after suffering a five-wicket defeat against hosts Sri Lanka in tournament opener.
Rubel was the most successful bowler for the Tigers claiming 2-24.
Earlier, Liton Das struck highest 34 runs while Sabbir Rahman made 30 runs as Bangladesh scored a below par total in their first match of the tournament.
Bangladesh lost Soumya Sarkar (14) in the third over at short fine leg while his opening partner soon followed him playing same type of shot in same region after scoring 15 runs.
Mushfiqur Rahim was caught behind after scoring 18 runs while skipper Mahmudullah could score only one run before becoming the second victim of pacer Vijay Shankar.
Liton and Sabbir then added 35 runs for the fifth wicket but after the dismissal of Liton in the first ball of sixteenth over who scored 34 off 30 balls, Bangladesh could score 32 runs in remaining deliveries.
Jaydev Unadkat claimed 3-38 while Shankar finished with 2-32 for India.