Rajkot | Jagran Sports Desk: India on Thursday defeated Bangladesh in the second T20 at the Saurashtra Cricket Association stadium in Rajkot to level the series. After facing an unexpected loss at the hand of the Tigers in Delhi on Sunday, the Men in Blue made a strong comeback and levelled the series in here.

Rohit Sharma, who was playing his 100th T20 International match, scored a brilliant 85 to help India beat Bangladesh by 8 wickets in Rajkot. Earlier, the bowlers also bowled superbly to restrict Bangladesh to 153 in their 20 overs.

Here are the highlights:

India Innings:

The Indian team comfortably chased down 154 runs to level the series in Rajkot on Thursday. Rohit scored a brilliant 85. The 32-year-old batsman, however, failed to score a hunderd in his 100th T20I game. He was removed by Aminul Islam. Islam also removed Dhawan for 31. India: 154/2 in 15.4 overs

Earlier, the two openers gave India the perfect start. The two hammered the Bangladeshi bowlers to all rounds of the park. Rohit, who is playing his 100th T20 International match, was particularly looking good and slammed his 18th fifty in T20I. 

Bangladesh Innings:

The Indian bowlers on Thursday bowled brilliantly to restrict Bangladesh to just 153 in their 20 overs. Chahal was the pick of the bowlers for India as he picked up two wickets from his four overs. Deepak Chahar and Washington Sundar also bowled well which helped India restrict Bangladesh to just 153. Shivam Dube also bowled well. However, Khaleel Ahmed was a bit of expensive as he gave 44 runs from his four overs. 

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Bangladesh, however, were off to a brilliant start as their openers Liton Das and Mohammad Naim gave them a solid start. The two hammered the Indian bowlers quite easily and made 41 runs in the first five overs. Bangladesh: 153/6 in 20 overs 

Earlier in the day, India won the the toss against Bangladesh in the second T20 in Rajkot and elected to field first. After winning the Toss, Indian skipper Rohit Sharma said that the pitch looks a good one and the team would like to field first. He also said that the team is unchanged for the match.

"We're gonna field first. Looks a good pitch. Rajkot has always been a good pitch. I see some tracks there but this has always been a good surface. I also hear that there might be some dew later on, and that should help chasing. I'm aware of the stats but like I said, it gives us to do unusual things (regarding defending scores). But having said that, once you know what to chase, it's easier for batsmen. They know what tempo to go at. We're unchanged. I think didn't perform that badly in the last game," said Rohit after winning the toss.

Bangladesh skipper Mahmudullah Riyad also said that his side is unchanged and the wicket looks a good one. "I don't think so (about toss being a factor). Pitch looks really hard, nice to bat on. I would have loved to bowl first too but now will want to put some runs on the board. It's a good oppportunity for all of us (to win the series). Need put all these thoughts aside and do the basics well. Important for the senior players to do well. Even the youngsters have done well. We're unchanged too," he said.  


India: Rohit Sharma (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (w), Shivam Dube, Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar, Deepak Chahar, Yuzvendra Chahal, K Khaleel Ahmed

Bangladesh: Liton Das, Mohammad Naim, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim (w), Mahmudullah (c), Afif Hossain, Mosaddek Hossain, Aminul Islam, Shafiul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Al-Amin Hossain

Pitch Report:

The wicket in Rajkot is expected to be a lot better than the one in Delhi and would favour the batsmen. A score of 180 is expected to be a par score.

Weather Conditions:

If the weather officials are to be believed then the rain could play a spoilsport in the game. According to the India Meteorological Department, Severe Cyclonic Storm (SCS) ‘Maha’ is very likely to cross the Gujarat coast around Diu as a Cyclonic Storm today afternoon. However, the officials have predicted that the velocity of winds may reduce that means the threat of the match being called off has reduced.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma