India drub Bangladesh in Rajkot to level T20I series

India drub Bangladesh in Rajkot to level T20I series

Rohit Sharma led from the front with a match-winning 85 while Yuzvendra Chahal spun a web with the ball as India thumped Bangladesh in Rajkot to level the three-match series 1-1 on Thursday.

Bangladesh openers Liton Das and Mohammad Naim started off on a blistering note, picking out Khaleel Ahmed for special treatment. The first wicket fell in the 7th over with the score on 60. Deepak Chahar had a little more luck than Khaleel. (AP Photo)

India had a bit of a disorganized air about them in the field in the first half of the Bangladesh innings, with 200 looking a possibility for Bangladesh. Skipper Rohit Sharma dropped a catch off Liton Das. Like Mushfiqur in Sunday's T20I in New Delhi, it seemed Liton would be allowed to have a cat's nine lives. (AP Photo)

The wicket fell in dramatic fashion - with Rishabh Pant at the centre of it all. In the earlier over, Pant had seemingly stumped Liton out, but replays showed that Pant had collected the ball in front of the stumps and so the batsman was called back. In the next over, Pant did something straight out of the comedian's handbook. He distracted Liton by loud appeals till the batsman thought he was safe enough to try to sneak in a single. Pant was quicker though, as he stopped appealing abruptly and dived in and put a throw in to run Liton out. This time, the batsman was not being called back. (AP Photo)

Soumya Sarkar stepped in at No.3 after the wicket and looked to be at his classical best during his innings of 30. (AP Photo)

Rishabh Pant's redemption over the bungled stumping was complete when he did effect a stumping - off the same bowler, Chahal, and also of the danger man, Soumya Sarkar. (AP Photo)

With Bangladesh having been restricted to 153 after a complete loss of momentum after Yuzvendra Chahal dismantled the top order, India got their chase off to a fluent start as well. (AP Photo)

Rohit Sharma eventually got out for 85 off 43 balls but the missionary zeal with which he had set out in the chase had made it look like a T20I century in the Hitman's 100th outing was going to be a reality. That, however, was a dream too good to be true. However, by the time Rohit departed, India needed 28 runs to win with 8 overs left. (AP Photo)

Shikhar Dhawan scored 31 off 27 balls on Thursday, with four boundaries. Dhawan's strike rate was a concern in New Delhi even though he scored 41. In Rajkot, Rohit's charge ensured that Dhawan could take the backseat. Next Sunday, when India and Bangladesh meet for the series decider in Nagpur, it will also be seen whether India need to start talking about the strike rate problem of one of their limited-overs openers. (AP Photo)