Nidahas Trophy 2018, India vs Bangladesh 5th T20I: 5 things that went right for India
India cruised into the final with a 17-run victory over Bangladesh.
After having started off on the wrong foot with a defeat to Sri Lanka in the opening game, the Indian team has found its wings in the three games that have followed, combining as a proven unit, despite the lack of experience in its ranks, to make its way to the finals. From the 19-year-old Washington Sundar to the 32-year-old Shikhar Dhawan, the team members clicked as a unit (barring a few aberrations) once again, exhibiting how India's bench strength is also a force to reckon with.
Here are five things that went right for Team India:
#1 Rohit Sharma's return to form
The Indian captain has been at the receiving end of some not-so-sweet outrage on social media owing to his poor form in T20Is, failing to go past 21 in his last six T20I innings. Despite having scored a 35-ball T20I ton just three months back, the reputation that the fluent batsman carries skyrockets the expectation factor as well.
As he does in all his mega knocks, Rohit got off to a steady start, biding his time to first get his eye in. With Shikhar Dhawan continuing his golden run, Sharma got the leeway to take his time. When the timing came back, so did the exuberance. And vintage Rohit was on display all over again.
His first 43 balls saw him score 51 runs, but the next 18 saw him score as many as 38 runs, as all kinds of drives, swipes, pulls and scoops came out on display, launching India to a healthy total.