RAJKOT Bangladesh failed to capitalize on a good start in a pitch conducive to batting as they were restricted to 153-6 in the second T20 game against India at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium on Thursday.
Most of the top order batsmen got the start after India captain Rohit Sharma on his 100th T20 International match won the toss and put Bangladesh in batting but they simply couldn't carry on it.
Opener Mohammad Naim was the highest scorer for the side with 36. Soumya Sarkar and captain Mahmudullah Riyad made identical 30 runs while Liton Das chipped-in-with 29 runs.
While one or two of them were expected to reach at least half-century mark, neither of them could do them in a flat batting deck.
Chasing the history to be a first overseas team to beat India in a three-match T20 series on India soil following their seven-wicket victory in first game, Bangladesh made a decent start with opener Liton Das and Mohammad Naim sharing 60 runs in just 7.2 overs.
Liton survived twice in consecutive overs on 17 and 26 when India failed to hold on the chance but he was run out like an apprentice.
Naim started promisingly with three boundaries of Khaleel Ahmed and looked gained the momentum of a big score. A needless slog however against Washington Sundar got the better of him after he struck five fours in his 31 ball-36.
At this phase, when Bangladesh was operating with 8 runs per over, India, desperate to level the series, clawed back into the game thanks to Yuzvandra Chahal who dealt a double strike in 13th over, taking out Mushfiqur Rahim (4) and Soumya Sarkar.
Afterwards, Indian bowlers stifled Bangladeshi batsmen for runs and took wicket in regular interval to them restricted to a total, which for the time being looked to be achieved with ease.
Chahal took 2-28 for India while Deepak Chahar, Washington Sundar and Khaleel Ahmed grabbed one wicket apiece.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)