Bangladesh amazingly chased 214 runs in T20I
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 12, 2018,
Mar 12, 2018, 21:29
With someone like Lokesh Rahul waiting for his chance, time is running out for the Delhi wicketkeeper-batsman.
Going as per previous exploits of the visitors, Team India have been successful in seven of their 9 T20Is at Colombo's R Premadasa International Cricket Stadium.
10 wins for India against Sri Lanka, their joint-most against any side.
Sri Lanka got their campaign off to a stunning start when they beat tournament favourites India in the opener by five wickets.
Sri Lanka's own effort after being sent in to bat was below par.
Among other Indian batsmen, Manish Pandey (37, 27) looked in good nick and along with comeback man Suresh Raina and Dinesh Karthik form the core of the team's middle-order.
Jaydev Unadkat has become an integral part of India's bowling line-up over the past year or so. Having just struck a four off Hardik Pandya, he had got in the bowlers' face and gesticulated in an exaggerated celebration instead of buckling down to get the two further runs.
Hosts Sri Lanka will aim to continue their recent domination against a beleaguered Bangladesh when the two teams meet in the Nidahas Twenty20 Trophy in Colombo on March 10.
The Tigers' first global win since January however, came after a horrendous bowling display on a flat track which allowed the opposition to score 214 losing six wickets in their stipulated 20 overs. The fact that Bangladesh stunned Sri Lanka to chase down 215 only makes India's position stronger.
Mushfiqur seemed determined to take his side as close to the target as possible, hitting Shanaka for a six and four off successive balls in the 12th over.
The big blow for Sri Lanka came when Kusal Mendis departed next, giving away a soft catch to Rohit off Chahal.
The Tigers lost three wickets in those final three balls to lose by one run with Mushfiqur bearing the brunt of furious criticism back home.