NEW DELHI: India stand-in captain Rohit Sharma lauded spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Washington Sundar for pulling things back after Bangladesh got off to a very good start in the 2nd T20I at Rajkot. India restricted Bangladesh for 153 for 6 despite the visitors scoring at more than 8.5 runs per over till the powerplay.
In reply, India chased down the total in just 15.4 overs with 8 wickets in hand riding on Rohit’s brilliant 43-ball 85-run knock. This victory meant India drew level with Bangladesh, pushing the three-match series to the decider on Sunday in Nagpur.
Indian bowlers led by Yuzvendra Chahal (2/28) made an impressive comeback towards the back end of the innings while Washington Sundar (1/25) bowled well both upfront and in the middle of the innings.
“Both the spinners are very smart and they understand their bowling really well. They always have conversations with the coach and the captain as to how to improve. They played a lot of domestic cricket and (Washington) Sundar has been our new ball bowler and today I wanted to change it considering how big the ground is,” said Rohit who was adjudged man of the match.
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. He was looking good for his fifth T20 century but fell short in the end as he was caught by substitute Mohammad Mithun at deep midwicket off Aminul Islam in the 13th over.