Published: Fri, March 09, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

Dhawan leads India past Bangladesh in T20 Tri-Series

Dhawan leads India past Bangladesh in T20 Tri-Series

Dhawan, whose 90 went in vain in India's opening loss against hosts Sri Lanka on Tuesday, then made sure that his side cruise home, despite initially slumping to 40-2.

Bangladesh's captain, Mahmudullah, urged his team-mates to focus on their strengths and not think too much about whether this was a second-string Indian team they were playing against in the Nidahas Trophy.

India made some errors on the field, dropping three catches in all and sending down as many as 11 wides and two no-balls, but Bangladesh were not good enough to capitalise. We still have the capability to do a lot better and I believe that.

"We were 10 runs short after six overs but I felt 174 was a good score but Kushal Perera took the game away by playing an fantastic knock".

Talking about his own game, Dhawan said: "I have been playing very aggressive at the start, I know my game and that's how I have been playing". The hero of the match Kusal Perera trashed the Indian bowlers and scored 66 off 37 balls.

India won the toss after a brief hiatus and Rohit Sharma put Bangladesh to bat first. Paceman Vijay Shankar was the unlucky bowler on both occasions.

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Suresh Raina joined Shikhar Dhawan in the middle and the duo steadied the ship for India and helped them cross the 50-run mark.

In the absence of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma has been appointed as India's captain for this tri-series but he has not been leading from the front in the manner the team wants him to. "The only way out is that we have to play well, there is no alternative".

Rohit once again started with off-spinner Washington Sundar (0/23 in four overs) and Tamim Iqbal (15, 16 balls) found it hard to get going in the Powerplay overs.

After surviving Bangladesh's review of a not out lbw call from the umpire, Dhawan fired a pull over midwicket for his second maximum of the match, before a four in the next over brought up his half-century off 35 balls.

Bangladesh openers Tamim Iqbal (15) and Soumya Sarkar (14) tried to take benefit of the powerplay but in the third over medium pacer Jaydev Unadkat dismissed Sarkar to make it 20/1. I am happy that my consistency is going good. We need to executive skills and try to be calm.

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