Nidahas Trophy T20 Tourney Dhawan fifty helps India to easy win

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CITY-DM-24 Shikhar Dhawan’s second successive half century propelled India to a six-wicket win against Bangladesh in the Nidahas Trophy Twenty20 Tri-Nation Cricket Tournament second match played at the R. Premadasa Stadium yesterday. 

Dhawan completed his half century in 35 balls, with his fifth and final boundary, also scoring two sixes, but more importantly having inched India closer to victory with 55 off 43 balls. 

Rohit Sharma took the aggressors role at the start of the chase scoring 17 of India’s first 28 runs before he was bowled by Mustafizur Rahman for 17. 

Rishabh Pant fell two overs later when he was bowled by Rubel Hossain for seven, before a 68-run partnership between Dhawan and Suresh Raina took India to 108 for two after 14 overs. 

Both batsmen were dismissed soon after in the space of 16 balls, but Manish Pandey and Dinesh Karthik took India across the line with eight balls to spare. 

Earlier, Bangladesh showed little initiative as they were restricted to 139 for eight in their 20 overs. 

Liton Das made 34, and was involved in Bangladesh’s two best partnerships, for the third and fifth wickets with Mushfiqur Rahim and Sabbir Rahman. 

But outside Rahman’s 30 there was little contribution from the other Bangladeshi batsmen. 

Put into bat first Bangladesh lost Soumya Sarkar and Tamim Iqbal inside the powerplay overs with the score on 35, before Das and Rahim added 31 to the score. 

Rahim, who struck two fours and a six, was caught behind for 18, and stand-in skipper Mahmadullah Riyad followed soon after for one, when he was caught at sweeper cover. 

Das and Rahman then took Bangladesh to 105 with their 35-run partnership, the team’s best of the innings, before the former skied Yuzvendra Chahal to sweeper cover in the first ball of the 16th over. 
He struck just three boundaries, but made his 34 in 30 balls.  

Chahal was economical in his four overs, taking one wicket for 19 runs.