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Tigers’ dry T20I run against India continues

  • Published at 07:04 pm March 8th, 2018
  • Last updated at 11:45 pm March 8th, 2018
Tigers’ dry T20I run against India continues
India opener Shikhar Dhawan's second consecutive fifty and a lack of intent by the Tigers’ batsmen saw Bangladesh start the Nidahas T20I tri-nation series on a losing note. The Tigers suffered a convincing six-wicket defeat against the former world champion Thursday in Colombo's R Premadasa Cricket Stadium. The Bangladesh bowlers were outsmarted by the Indian batters as the side reached their target with eight balls to spare. The Tigers deployed seven bowlers in the attack but that could not pull them out of their misery. Right-arm pacer Rubel Hossain led the way with two wickets but India still reached their destination in some style, thanks to Dhawan's second fifty in the tri-series. Dhawan was brilliant in the series opener, against Sri Lanka Tuesday at the same venue, posting a 49-ball 90 and started yesterday from where he had left off scoring a 43-ball 55. Earlier, intent of full-out attack resulted in zero efficient partnerships as Bangladesh barely put on a competitive score on the board. The Tigers eventually limped to 139 for the loss of eight wickets in their allotted 20 overs. With six batters in the playing XI, Bangladesh saw opener Soumya Sarkar start off in aggressive fashion but the left-handed batsman only made 14 off 12 balls with a six and a boundary before being caught at short fine-leg in the third over of the innings. Thirteen deliveries later, opener Tamim Iqbal was the second Bangladesh batsman to depart scoring a 16-ball 15, despite surviving an LBW decision through DRS. Wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim arrived to the middle with the confidence of scoring a half-century in the lone practice game a couple of days back against a Sri Lanka Cricket President’s XI. His confidence reflected through back-to-back boundaries, the first coming from a reverse-sweep off leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal. The intention was to register as many runs as possible in the first six overs. Mushfiq (18) added 31 with stumper-batsman Liton Das for the third wicket before getting dismissed in the ninth over from a caught behind decision which India reviewed successfully. Captain Mahmudullah (one) lasted only eight balls to leave the Tigers reeling on 72 losing four wickets in 10.5 overs. Liton was the highest Bangladesh run-scorer, making 34 off 30 with three boundaries. However, Liton only made 34 after two dropped catches and a missed run out opportunity. The right-handed batsman had put on 35 with Sabbir Rahman for the fifth wicket stand. When Sabbir departed as the last recognised batsman in the middle, scoring 30 in 26 balls with three boundaries and a six, the side were batting on 134 for seven in 18.5 overs. Earlier, Bangladesh had lost the toss and were sent in to bat first in their opening game of the tri-series. The Tigers, who came into the tournament with the ambition of recovering from their recent run of defeats, went into the game with the combination of six batters and five bowlers. Bangladesh made five changes from their last T20I XI with Liton, Sabbir, Taskin Ahmed, Mehedi Hasan Miraz and Rubel coming into the side. India had gone into the game with an unchanged XI from their first game in the tournament, despite a 41-run loss against Sri Lanka Tuesday at the same venue. BRIEF SCORE India 140/4 in 18.4 overs (Dhawan 55, Rubel 2/24) beat Bangladesh 139/8 (Liton 34, Sabbir 30) by six wickets