Bangladesh lose series decider in Nagpur despite Naim Sheikh heroics


Bangladesh vs India

Third T20I

Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur

India : 175/5 in 20 overs (Iyer 62, KL Rahul 52, Manish 22*; Soumya 2/29, Shafiul 2/32, Al-Amin 1/22

Bangladesh : 144/10 in 19.2 overs (Naim Sheikh 81, Mithun 27, Liton 9; Chahar 6/7, Dube 3/30, Chahal 1/43)

Result : India won by 30 runs.

Player of the Match : Deepak Chahar.

A batting collapse in the third and final T20I of the series has denied the Tigers from winning the series in Nagpur. Naim Sheikh played an one-man army innings but a brilliant spell from player of the match Deepak Chahar has gave the hosts an easy victory. India won the series 2-1. Now the two teams will face each other in the first of two Tests on November 14 in Indore.

Bangladesh made one change in the playing eleven form the last match as Mohammad Mithun came to the side replacing all-rounder Mosaddek Hossain. Mahmudullah won the toss and put India into bat first. Shafiul Islam put the early pressure on India by removing both opener Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan inside the powerplay.

But two half-centurion KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer provided solidity in the Indian innings to post a big total. Al-Amin Hossain broke the partnership with the wicket of Rahul on 52. Soumya Sarkar then chipped in with two quick wickets of Iyer and Rishabh Pant for 62 and 6 respectively. Manish Pandey then scored unbeaten 22 off 13 balls to help India posting a total of 174 for 5 in 20 overs. Soumya and Shafiul shared two wickets each.

Chasing 175, Bangladesh had a poor start as they lost Liton Das and Soumya Sarkar early for just 12 runs on the board. Then it was Naim Sheikh show who went onto score his maiden T20I half-century and put Bangladesh into a strong position. Naim and Mohammad Mithun added record 98-run stand in the 3rd wicket which put the hosts under pressure.

From there it was Chahar who started the Bangladesh batting collapse with the wicket of Mithun on 27. Naim batted brilliantly before got out by Sivab Dube on 81 off just 48 balls including 10 fours and 2 sixes. Dube then also picked up the wickets of Mushfiqur Rahim and Afif Hossain for golden ducks. But the main damage was done by Chahar who ended the Bangladesh innings with a hat-trick to bowl them out for 144 in 19.2 overs. Chahar bagged 6 wickets for 7 runs.