Bangladesh post 153 against sloppy India in second T20
Nov 09 2019
"We have seen a lot of players who have emerged from this format, who have gone on to play ODI and Test formats", Rohit said on the eve of the second T20 worldwide against Bangladesh at Rajkot on Thursday.
Chasing a modest 154 for victory, Rohit looked in his imperious best from the get-go as he hit six fours and six sixes to take the tie away from the visitors single-handedly. I knew the conditions were flawless and there was no turn on offer, all I wanted to do was remain stationed and tonk the ball.
"In any case, sixes are not just about power but also timing, head should be still, position should be good".
It's already November, and Sharma now wants to finish his outstanding year on a high note.
The series-deciding third and final match will be played on Sunday in Nagpur, followed by a two-Test assignment, the last of which will be the two teams' first ever Day/Night clash. "So yes, I'm quite looking forward to that, not to forget the two Test matches [against Bangladesh]". After Yuzvendra Chahal orchestrated a collapse in the later half of the Bangladesh innings to restrict them to 153/6, India chased down the target on the back of a punishing performance from Rohit Sharma, who blasted 85 off 43 balls.
"We knew with the dew coming in, it will be slightly hard for the bowlers". "After that, it was just about carrying on and putting the pressure on the bowler". Drama over Rishabh Pant's stumpings - one of them failed - and an opportunistic run out gave India their first window into the game.
"What I said earlier, since we won the first match, it will give us an extra confidence for all of us. It was important to win this game or we would have lost the series". "On a wicket like this, wrist spinner is a very handy bowler to have in your side and Chahal showed that".
"Both the spinners are very smart and they understand their bowling really well". "Because this is the format where these individuals can come out and express themselves so that they are ready for ODI and Test cricket".
Tigers captain Mahmudullah struck breezy 30 off 21 balls down the order, but Bangladesh's score of 153-6 proved to be well below par given their strong start. And that has given him a lot of confidence moving forward. "Washington has been our new-ball bowler all this while, but today I wanted to change it a little bit and bowl him one over in the powerplay and have three overs at the back considering how big the ground was".