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Bowlers, Dhawan help India bounce back with comfortable win in Nidahas Trophy

Shikhar Dhawan scored his second half-century in the series
Shikhar Dhawan scored his second half-century in the series

India 140-4 (Dhawan 55) beat
Bangladesh 139-8 (Unadkat 3-38) by six wickets
2nd Twenty20 International, Nidahas Trophy, Colombo

Shikhar Dhawan scored his second consecutive half-century after the bowlers restricted Bangladesh to 139 for eight as India completed a six-wicket victory in the second Twenty20 International of the Nidahas Trophy in Colombo.

India won the toss and decided to bowl first - a move that proved right as Jaydev Unadkat (3-38) and Shardul Thakur (1-25) claimed Soumya Sarkar (14) and Tamim Iqbal (15) respectively in the first five overs.Mushfiqur Rahim (18) hit a couple of boundaries to help Bangladesh post 44 for two in the powerplay.

Liton Das (34) had a reprieve when he was dropped in the seventh over but Vijay Shankar (2-32) made an impact in the second outing removing Rahim and skipper Mahmudullah (30) in quick succession.

Only Liton and Sabbir Rahman (30) showed some resilience in the innings which hardly had any momentum in it as Unadkat and Thakur controlled the end overs brilliantly to keep Bangladesh down to 139 for eight in the 20 overs.

In the chase, Rohit Sharma (17) did the bulk of scoring in the first three overs before he was castled by Mustafizur Rahman (1-31) in the fourth over. Rishabh Pant's (7) promotion to three did not work as he was castled by Rubel Hossain (2-24) as India ended the powerplay with a score of 47 for two.

As Suresh Raina (27) was settling in, Dhawan (55) began to step up the gear and dealt with boundaries as India got their chase on track with a score of 81 for two at the halfway mark. Dhawan survived a review from Bangladesh for LBW and went on to complete his half-century off 35 deliveries.

Even though Dhawan fell immediately after it, Manish Pandey (27 not out) saw the team through the chase in 18.4 overs with six wickets in hand. Shankar was awarded the man of the match for his bowling performance as India open their account in the tri-series.

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