Rajkot | Jagran Sports Desk: Skipper Rohit Sharma on Thursday slammed a brilliant 85 of 43 balls to help India beat Bangladesh by 8 wickets in the second T20 match at the Saurashtra Cricket Association stadium in Rajkot.

Rohit, who was playing his 100th T20 International match, hammered the Bangladeshi bowlers to all corners of the park. He was also well supported by Shikhar Dhawan who scored 31 runs of 27 delivers.

Earlier, the India team won the toss and elected to field first on a pitch that looked good for batting. The Indian bowlers, who were led by Yuzvendra Chahal, made an impressive comeback in the second T20 to restrict Bangladesh to a sub-par 153 for 6 in their must-win second T20 game.

The Tiger, after getting to bat first, could not capitalize on a good start as Chahal's (2-28) double breakthrough in the 13th over pegged the visitors back. However, a quick-fire 30 off 21 balls by skipper Mahmudullah Riyad helped them cross the 150-mark.

Liton Das (29 off 21 balls, 4x4) and Mohammad Naim (36 off 31 balls, 5x4) gave the Tigers an ideal start (60 run opening stand). Naim also slammed left-arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed (1-44 from 4 overs) for three successive boundaries to start on rousing note. However, Bangladesh failed to capitalize the start as the Indian bowlers made a strong comeback. Deepak Chahar (1-25) and off-spinner Washington Sundar (1-25) were able to stem the flow of runs as Khaleel's poor show continued.

Soon Rohit introduced Chahal who almost removed a set Liton, but Rishabh Pant's urge to complete glovework quickly gave the batsman lifeline. The TV replays showed that while whipping the bails off, Pant collected the ball in front of the stumps and hence it was declared no-ball. As per the law, every part of wicket-keeper's gloves has to be behind the stumps.

After this, Das hammered two successive fours to add insult to injury. He got another reprieve on 26 after skipper Rohit Sharma dropped him at square-leg following a mix-up with Shivam Dube and Pant.

However, Pant made up for his mistake and ran Das out, with a direct hit in the eighth over, to break the opening stand.

After Das’ run out, Bangladesh’s scoring rate was reduced and that put Naim under pressure, who then gave a dolly to Shreyas Iyer at deep-mid-wicket off Washington as Bangladesh slumped were 83 for 2 in the 11th over.

After that Chahal picked two wickets in the 13th over -- Mushfiqur Rahim (4 off 6 balls) and Soumya Sarkar (30 off 20 balls; 2x4, 1x6) -- as Bangladesh were struggling at 103/4.

Mahmudullah and Afif Hossain (6) tried to steady the ship with a 25 run-stand but Khaleel broke the stand dismissing Hossain to leave Bangladesh teetering at 128 for 5 and then they just managed to cross the 150-run-mark as the bowlers bowled in right areas.

Now the two team will face each other in the final game of the series at Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur on Sunday.

(With PTI inputs)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma