The Indian team romped to a wonderful 17 run win against Bangladesh in a game that was largely dominated by the Men in Blue, right from the word go.
Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan strung a brilliant opening partnership together to set the platform for the Indian middle order, and later the Raina-Rohit partnership saw India get to that big enough total of 176.
In response, Bangladesh just couldn’t get going, with Washington Sundar putting the breaks on scoring in the powerplay and also knocking over 3 of Bangladesh’s top order batsman to get a stranglehold on the 2nd innings.
Yuzvendra Chahal then chipped in with one and Shardul Thakur held his nerve during the death to give India a rather comfortable win over their neighbours.
However, while almost every player contributed to the win, Siraj was found wanting, as he ended up with figures of 50-1 in his quota of 4 overs.
Rohit though was appreciative of the young fast bowler, complimenting him for his skill set and believing that it is only a matter of time until he gets it right on the International stage.
“I just told Siraj to keep it simple and we knew that that was the way to contain them. I asked him to bowl that back of a length ball because we found it tough to hit. He is a great talent, has all the capabilities of doing what a fast bowler has to do and he’ll do well for us in the future.” Rohit said.
Talking about the match and his form, Rohit said that they were maybe 10-15 runs short, but Washington’s bowling in the powerplay almost gifted the game to India. He was also chuffed about his own form and said that he needed things knock desperately.
“It was important for me to step up. Like I said at the toss I tried to take my time with the bat at the start. I felt we were 10-15 runs short with that bat at the middle stage. But Washington started brilliantly with the ball and his spell changed the game for us. The wicket wasn’t the usual wicket we’ve been playing on for the last well. It was gripping and was slow and that is why I wanted to take my time.
One set batsman had to bat and I knew a new batsman would find it tough. Raina has been timing the ball brilliantly and that is great to see. He is never afraid of flighting the ball, sets his own field and it says a lot about an individual. In the series we played against Sri Lanka in India we saw that from him and it paid off.” he concluded.