Arun Jetly stadium, Firoz Shah Kotla ground, New Delhi was almost full despite the deadly pollution in the air. I too was a part of the crowd, yes, I saw the game live.
India’s non-satisfactory batting
We could sense captain Virat Kohli’s absence in the team. It started off good when Rohit Sharma ended up hitting two fours in the first over but got out quickly. People had high expectations from Shreyas Iyer, but Iyer too succumbed to the pressure. He did score a good 22 off 13 balls but got out early at the hands of Aminul Islam.
Shikhar Dhawan played a little slow too scoring 41 runs in 42 balls while Rishabh Pant who is under the radar these days was trying hard not to get out due to his reckless game.
Pant who was trying hard to save his wicket was unable to score big and ended up hitting 27 runs in 26 balls. None of the other players was able to cross the 30+ mark except for Dhawan.
In the end, it was Krunal Pandya (15* off 8) and Washington Sundar (14* off 5) who made sure India at least crossed the 145+ mark. Sundar’s 2 sixes, in the end, were absolutely beautiful. The final score was 148/6 in 20 overs.
Both Shafiul Islam and Amin Islam ended up taking 2 wickets each.
Mushfiqur Rahim’s fab 60
It was wicket-keeper/batsman Mushfiqur Rahim who ended up being the hero of the game. The biggest mistake India could have made in this game was dropping his catch at a crucial point. Krunal Pandya dropped his catch which ended up changing the course of the game. Rahim scored 60* in 43 balls while he was well supported by Soumya Sarkar, who scored 39 in 35 balls.
It seemed to start well when Liton Das got out at just 7 but Rahim carried it all on his shoulder. Bangladesh won the match by 7 wickets with 154 runs with 3 balls remaining.
The next match is in Rajkot stay tuned for more updates.