Rohit fireworks help India level series

RAJKOT:Skipper Rohit Sharma made it a memorable 100th T20 International, blending grace with brutality in his 85 off 43 balls, as India cantered to a series-levelling eight-wicket victory over Bangladesh here today.

Rohit fireworks help India level series

Rohit Sharma raises the bat after completing his half-century. AFP

Rajkot, November 7 

Skipper Rohit Sharma made it a memorable 100th T20 International, blending grace with brutality in his 85 off 43 balls, as India cantered to a series-levelling eight-wicket victory over Bangladesh here today. Chasing an easy target of 154 on a far better track compared to the one used in the first T20I in Delhi, Rohit showed the gulf in class between him and the others on the park, hitting six fours and half-a-dozen risk-free sixes as India chased the target in 15.4 overs. The final game will be played in  Nagpur on November 10.

Such was Rohit’s dominance during the 118-run opening stand that it managed to overshadow Shikhar Dhawan’s (31 off 27 balls) poor form. Earlier, Indian bowlers led by Yuzvendra Chahal made an impressive comeback to restrict Bangladesh to a sub-par 153/6. — PTI

SCOREBOARD

Bangladesh

Runs Balls 4 6

L Das run out (Pant) 29 21 4 0

M Naim c Iyer b Sundar 36 31 5 0

S Sarkar st Pant b Chahal 30 20 2 1

M Rahim c Pandya b Chahal 4 6 0 0

Mahmudullah c Dube b Chahar 30 21 4 0

A Hossain c Sharma b Ahmed 6 8 0 0

M Hossain not out 7 9 0 0

A Islam not out 5 5 1 0

Extras: (b 2, nb 1, w 3) 6

Total: (6 wickets; 20 overs) 153

FOW: 1-60, 2-83, 3-97, 4-103, 5-128, 6-142 

Bowling O M R W

Deepak Chahar 4 0 25 1

Khaleel Ahmed 4 0 44 1

Washington Sundar 4 0 25 1

Yuzvendra Chahal 4 0 28 2

Shivam Dube 2 0 12 0

Krunal Pandya 2 0 17 0

India

Runs Balls 4 6

R Sharma c sub (Mithun) b Islam 85 43 6 6

S Dhawan b Islam 31 27 4 0

KL Rahul not out 8 11 0 0

S Iyer not out 24 13 3 1

Extras: (lb 1, w 5) 6

Total: (2 wickets; 15.4 overs) 154

FOW: 1-118, 2-125 

Bowling O M R W

Mustafizur Rahman 3.4 0 35 0

Shafiul Islam 2 0 23 0

Al-Amin Hossain 4 0 32 0

Aminul Islam 4 0 29 2

Afif Hossain 1 0 13 0

Mosaddek Hossain 1 0 21 0

Man of the match: Rohit Sharma

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