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India vs Bangladesh: Rohit Sharma abuses as third umpire goofs up

Both sides went into the game with the same XI that played in Delhi. 

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma. (Photo Source: Hotstar)

An otherwise cool customer on the ground, Rohit Sharma showed his angry face during the high-pressure second T20I against Bangladesh in Rajkot on Thursday. The 32-year-old was seen gesturing at the third umpire in the 13th over when the visitors were batting after the latter gave Soumya Sarkar not out in a decision.

It so happened that the batsman gave a charge at leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal in the final ball of the over but misread his googly. Rishabh Pant carried out the formality by whipping off the bails in a flash. However, the on-field umpire went upstairs to be certain that the Indian wicket-keeper collected the ball neatly.

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The replays showed that the Bangladesh batsman who scored 30 off 20 balls was short by a distance but still “not out” appeared on the big screen. The Indian players and the fans were baffled but as Sarkar was preparing to walk back into the middle, the “out” signal popped up and the Tigers lost their fourth wicket for 103.

Rohit, who was playing his 100th T20I as the world’s second player after Pakistan’s Shoaib Malik, was not happy with the goof-up and he was seen raising his hand at the TV umpire and uttering something unparliamentary.

Earlier in the day, Rohit won the toss to send Mahmudullah’s side to bat with the hope of turning around the results. India batted first in the first game in Delhi last Sunday to end up losing by seven wickets after scoring 148 runs in 20 overs. On Thursday, Bangladesh ended up with 153 for 6 in 20 overs with opener Mohammad Naim top-scoring with 36. The visitors were off to a flyer with Liton Das (29) and Naim putting up 60 runs in just 7.1 overs. For India, Chahal was the most successful bowler with two wickets while three others took one wicket each.

“Rajkot has always been a good track despite some cracks. Think there may be dew later, so life will be easier for the batsmen. Aware of our poor chasing record, but that’s not why. We just want to do something different from the last game. Priority is always to win the game first. The set of boys we have are new and I want to make them comfortable,” Rohit said before the start of the match.

Both sides went into the game with the same XI that played in Delhi.

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