The Bangladesh bowlers showed great discipline to tie down the Indians on a slowish surface © Getty Images
The Bangladesh bowlers showed great discipline to tie down the Indians on a slowish surface © Getty Images

India have scored a middling 146 for 7 against Bangladesh in Match 25 of the T20 World Cup 2016 at Bangalore. The pitch was not particularly conducive to shot-making, but credit has to go to the Bangladeshi bowlers for very smart bowling right through the innings. They bowled the right lines and lengths throughout and from the wrists of Mustafizur Rahman and palms of Shakib Al Hasan they had a good dose of variations. India struggled to keep the scoreboard ticking for most part, getting bogged down by good bowling and a slowish surface. The Bangladesh bowlers had a lot to cash in on this surface and that is precisely what they did. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs Bangladesh, T2o World Cup 2016, Match 25 at Bengaluru

The openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan’s struggles made evident the nature of the surface. They were unable to get the boundaries in the powerplay period, even though they are typically players who thrive in aggression. The first five overs brought them less than 30 runs. Mortaza experimented with a whole range of bowlers in that period, including himself, Shuvagata Hom, Al Amin Hossain, Mustafizur and Shakib. LIVE CRICKET BLOG: India vs Bangladesh, T2o World Cup 2016, Match 25 at Bengaluru

Mustafizur erred on his line in the sixth over and got smashed for a couple of sixes, one from each batsman each. But being the crafty bowler he is, he came back with a cutter that foxed Rohit in that very over, to have him caught at midwicket. Dhawan fell soon after to Shakib, falling leg before.

Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina, then stitched a steady partnership, although at a sluggish rate by their usual standards. Raina seemed to be really struggling, but made up for it with a couple of sixes which broke the monotony of infrequent singles and injected some thrill in the Indian innings.

Kohli, who has been in spectacular form, also struggled for timing. He managed to score a run-a-ball 24 at time of his dismissal to part-time bowler Hom. Raina fell soon after for a mere a 23-ball 30, miscuing a pull shot of Al Amin-Hossain’s bowling. Hardik Pandya came in with a bang, smashing a six of Hom and hit a couple of fours. He scored a 7-ball 15 and had it not been for an absolute blinder by Soumya Sarkar at square leg, could have scored a lot more.

Yuvraj Singh failed to come to grips with the nature of the surface and scored just three runs off six balls before miscuing a pull shot of Mahmadullah to fine leg. In the final two overs, MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja capitalised on some loose bowling by Al-Amin Hossain to score a few boundaries and give India some late impetus.

Mustafizur bowled the final over. He got Jadeja castled off the very first delivery. He next had to bowl to Ravichandran Ashwin and goofed up by bowling one down leg, which Ashwin tickled down to the fine leg boundary. He then rotated strike to give Dhoni the opportunity to finish well. But Dhoni was unable to make most of it, scoring just four of the final three balls.

Earlier Bangladesh chose to bowl first after winning the toss. Mortaza said the decision was influenced by the result of the previous game, where Australia had won the game against Bangladesh chasing. According to Mortaza, the pitch will hold up a little bit and if they can keep India down to a low score, they’ll be able to chase accordingly. Bangladesh will look to break the underdogs tag and beat India in a bid to keep their qualification hopes alive. For India a win will be important to boost their chances, although loss will not entirely rule them out of contention.

Brief scores:

India 146 for 7 in 20 overs (Suresh Raina 30; Mustafizur Rahman 2 for 34) vs Bangladesh.

(Rishad D’Souza, a reporter with CricketCountry, gave up hopes of playing Test cricket after a poor gully-cricket career. He now reports on the sport. You can follow @RDcric on Twitter)