Nidahas Trophy 2018: Vijay Shankar, Jaydev Unadkat stifle Bangladesh to help India collect first points in tri-series

India produced an all-round show to thump Bangladesh by six wickets in their second match of the Nidahas Trophy Twenty20 International (T20I) cricket tri-series in Colombo on Thursday.

IANS, March 08, 2018

Colombo: India produced an all-round show to thump Bangladesh by six wickets in their second match of the Nidahas Trophy Twenty20 International (T20I) cricket tri-series in Colombo on Thursday.

India restricted Bangladesh to 139/8 and then chased down the target with six wickets and eight balls to spare to make a strong comeback after the loss to Sri Lanka in the opening match.

Shikhar Dhawan continued his red-hot form with a 55 off 43 deliveries to play the lead role in India's batting. But the win was mostly set-up by the bowlers Jaydev Unadkat (3/38), Vijay Shankar (2/32), Yuzvender Chahal (1/19) and Shardul Thakur (1/25).

Vijay Shankar won the 'Man of the Match' award in only his second international appearance. Image credit: Twitter/@ICC

Vijay Shankar won the 'Man of the Match' award in only his second international appearance. Image credit: Twitter/@ICC

Unlike the first game against Sri Lanka, Indian bowlers were right on the mark from the start after captain Rohit Sharma won the toss and opted to bowl.

They took wickets at regular intervals and also choked the rival batsmen by not letting them score freely. Bangladesh, on the other hand, tried to increase the scoring rate but at the end, it only resulted in their losing wickets.

Bangladesh openers Tamim Iqbal (15) and Soumya Sarkar (14) tried to take benefit of the powerplay but in the third over medium pacer Unadkat dismissed Sarkar to make it 20/1.

After adding 15 more runs to the score with new batsmen Liton Das (34), Iqbal was also sent back to the pavilion by pacer Thakur.

With the scoreboard reading 35/2, wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim (18) arrived at the crease and played some beautiful shots, but his 14-ball knock was cut short by medium pacer Shankar in the ninth over.

Unperturbed by the fall of wickets, Das continued to play his shots but lack of support from the other end started bothering the batsmen. Skipper Mahmudullah (1) was also dismissed cheaply.

Now with half of the side back in the dug-out, it all depended on Das, who was playing beautifully by rotating the strike with new batsmen Sabbir Rahman (30).

But just when things seemed good in the middle, Das was dismissed by leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal in the 16th over. In his 30-ball innings, Das could only manage three fours.

Now, with 107 runs on board, the lower-order got exposed and it did not support Rahman from the other end, which resulted in his wicket. In the 19th over, Rahman was sent back by Unadkat.

In the last over, Taskin Ahmed (8 not out) and Rubel Hossain (0) tried their best to make as many runs as they could but Hossain got run out while trying to steal a second run.

For India, Unadkat scalped three wickets while Tamil Nadu all-rounder Shankar, playing in only his second T20I match, took two.

During the chase, India batted around Dhawan, who stroked to his sixth T20I fifty. He shared an important 68-run third-wicket stand with Suresh Raina (28) after the dismissals of Rohit (17) and Rishabh Pant (7).

Rohit cut left-arm medium pacer Mustafizur Rahman on to his stumps, while Pant was bowled by fellow medium pacer Rubel Hossain, to leave India at a spot of bother at 47/2.

But Dhawan and Raina didn't look to be under pressure and scored runs at ease by minimising the risk.

Later, Manish Pandey remained unbeaten at 27 off 19 deliveries to see India home.

Updated Date: Mar 08, 2018





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3634 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3772 97
6 Sri Lanka 2914 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5751 125
2 India 5492 122
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
5 Pakistan 3279 102
6 Australia 3548 101
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 3270 131
2 Australia 1894 126
3 India 3932 123
4 New Zealand 2542 116
5 England 1951 115
6 South Africa 2058 114