Tri-series: First 2 wickets did us in, says Dhawan


Forty four runs from six overs wasn't a bad takeaway, but with only six batters in the side, losing two wickets in the powerplay was massive, as it showed later in the innings. Yuzvendra Chahal and Shardul then bowled some tight overs to make the chase interesting but Thisara Perera (22*) and Dasun Shanaka (18*) wiped off the arears comfortably to seal two points. Indian players Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni are at rest and the team will be lead by Hitman Rohit Sharma. After Bangladesh set a modest target of 140, India reached the target swiftly riding on a half-century by Shikhar Dhawan.

When Dhawan was finally gone off Taskin's delivery, India needed 17 runs, which Manish Pandey (27 no off 19 balls) and Dinesh Karthik (2 no) got without breaking much sweat.

Prediction: India will be looking turn around their opening defeat to hosts Sri Lanka on Tuesday.

Mushfiqur Rahim and Liton Das steadied the Bangladesh ship and duo put on a good partnership for the fourth wicket and took their score past the 50-run mark.

The third match of the tournament will be played between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh at the same venue on Saturday. Kusal ended with a match-winning 66 off 37 balls.

Later, Sri Lanka came to chase the score at Colombo.

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Stand-in captain Rohit Sharma was sent back in the first over for a duck by Dushmantha Chameera. However, things can change in a moment in Sri Lanka.

"The kind of start they got was awesome, a lot of credit goes to Sri Lanka team as well", he said.

Most significantly this victory against India was after 7 consecutive loses in Twenty20 Internationals.

Sundar and Chahal took two wickets each for India.

Shardul Thakur, coming on to bowl in the fifth over, had a far better start to his spell than he did a couple of days ago. In nine runs second wicket Raina was gone as well. "Hopefully we'll get it". Then Dhawan and Manish Pandey (37) got together to fix the early damage with a solid 95-run stand for the third wicket. Having seen the wicket here - it was flat - I thought we could have accelerated towards the end. Especially, when the team is not going through a good spell, such doubts creep in but I have urged my teammates to keep those doubts away and step out.

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