Nidahas Trophy 2018, Bangladesh vs India, Match 2 – Indian Player Ratings
The mountain was not too steep to climb for the Indians and eventually, it turned out to be a walk in the park.
Published - Mar 8, 2018 11:44 pm | Updated - Mar 8, 2018 11:44 pm
After losing the first game thanks to Kusal Perera’s explosive innings, India bounced back strongly with an authoritative win over Bangladesh. Opener Shikhar Dhawan and Vijay Shankar chipped in with crucial contributions and the Karnataka batsman Manish Pandey gave them a perfect finish chasing a moderate target.
Batting first, Bangladesh could post only 139 runs on the board. The Indian bowlers managed to hit the right areas after getting clobbered to all parts in the first game. Liton Das and Sabbir Rahman were the only batsmen who looked decent in the middle for the Tigers. Jaydev Unadkat returned with a three-wicket haul whilst Shankar picked up two big wickets.
Shikhar Dhawan registered his second consecutive half-century and he received great support from Suresh Raina and Manish Pandey. The mountain was not too steep to climb and eventually, it turned out to be a walk in the park. India chased the total down in 18.4 overs. Rubel Hossain picked up two wickets for the neighbours. Here are the player ratings for the Indian side.
1. Rohit Sharma – 5/10
Got a decent start, but failed yet again to convert it into something big. But he martialed his troops fantastically well and his bowling changes in the middle overs proved to be the decisive point in the game.
2. Shikhar Dhawan – 8/10
Shikhar Dhawan right now can barely put a foot wrong. The southpaw has now registered consecutive fifties for the Indian side and he paced the innings very well this time around as well. It wasn’t the best track to bat on, but his 43-ball 55 was perfectly compiled.
3. Rishabh Pant – 3/10
Certainly not the right time to amass a string of low scores. The southpaw from Delhi is struggling to get his timing right and despite getting the promotion to number 3, he failed to make his presence felt.
4. Suresh Raina – 6/10
Didn’t get to bowl in today’s game as the mainstream bowlers were up on the money, but did a decent job with the bat. He registered a crucial 27-ball 28 and added 58 runs for the 3rd wicket with Dhawan.
5. Manish Pandey – 6/10
One of the most under-rated cricketers in the fraternity currently, Pandey manages to make the most of the few opportunities he gets. He clobbered a 19-ball 27 and ensured the game didn’t get too close.
6. Dinesh Karthik – 5/10
He didn’t have a lot of contribution to make in the game and to rate him would be very inappropriate. Karthik did a decent job behind the wickets, sticking two catches of Mushfiqur Rahim and Sabbir Rahman.
7. Washington Sundar – 5/10
A decent outing for the young spinner. Washington Sundar was handed the new ball by his skipper and returned with figures of 0/23 in 4 overs. Despite giving away a boundary off the very first ball, he bounced back strongly and bowled tight.
8. Vijay Shankar – 8/10
Just the second game in his International career and Vijay Shankar has already made his mark. He picked up 2 prized-scalps of Mushfiqur Rahim, skipper Mahmudullah and was economical which won him the Man of the Match award.
9. Yuzvendra Chahal – 8/10
Chahal might be young in his international career, but currently is a senior player in the limited-overs section. He did full justice to his seniority and bowled beautifully. He picked up one wicket and gave away just 19 runs in his 4 overs and did a fabulous job in the middle overs stopping the flow of runs.
10. Jaydev Unadkat – 7/10
He was a tad expensive, but Unadkat returned with three wickets after his name. After removing the opener initially, he bowled well in the death overs and picked up another couple of scalps. His figures of 3/38 are the best in his T20I career.
11. Shardul Thakur – 7/10
He went for 27 runs in his first over in the previous game but gave away just 25 runs in his entire spell this time. He hit the right areas and the channels he was bowling kept troubling the Bangla batsmen.