Shikhar Dhawan’s 150 Runs Helps India A Emerge Strong against Bangladesh A

September 29 11:41 2015

shikharNew Delhi, Tuesday, September 29 – When India A’s captain Shikhar Dhawan resumed second day play at 116 runs with Sheryas Iyer, who was batting at a score 6, India were confident for a solid start on day two of the 3-day match. The team accumulated 161 runs in 33 overs for the loss of 1 wicket after they ended Bangladesh A’s innings at total of 228 runs in 52.4 overs.

Confidence of the home team was high thanks to having 9 wickets in hand. This was alone adequate to bother the travelers, who wished to put a cap on the pace of scoring runs but India A did not let them get success in their motto. Here is to rewind that M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru was all set to host the contest in a way near to perfect.

The tourists looked strong on paper as Mominul Haque was to lead a team where selection of Shafiul Islam, Anamul Haque, Litton Das, Sabbir Rahman, Nasir Hossain, Saqlain Sajib, Rubel Hossain, Shuvagata Hom, Jubair Hossain and Soumya Sarkar was done to give a tough challenge to the Indian cricketers. But soon the hosts did not let them have a start what they were probably eyeing when the match was to begin.

Six players of Bangladesh A were out for a naught. The openers Anamul Haque & Soumya Sarkar, along with Litton Das, Shafiul Islam, Jubair Hossain and Rubel Hossain failed to open their accounts. In view of the fact that both top and lower batting orders succumbed easily to India’s bowling attack, it was hard for the team to rise. But it is perhaps said right that when a lot of bad things happen then the chance of witnessing some quality stuff increases. This was proved by Sabbir Rahman, whose unbeaten knock of 122 runs made the difference.

Indian bowlers couldn’t dismiss him early and the team was able to put something substantial on the scoreboard. Abhinav Mukund was picked to open India A’s innings. He gave his team a kind of start that was eyed by teammates.  He struck four shots to attain 34 runs in 78 balls. For 31 overs, the rivals strove for wickets but got a breakthrough when Hom dismissed the left-handed batsman Mukund. On day 2, Shikhar pocketed 150 runs in style, hitting 18 fours and three biggies. Sajib made his team heave a sigh of relief by finally ending Dhawan’s innings. Iyer lost his wicket early after totaling 38 runs in 55 balls (4 x 6).

Karun Nair was brilliant as he scored 71 runs in 97 balls. His impressive stint comprised 12 shots. Vijay Shankar fell 14 runs short to pocket a ton but the way he struck 4 boundaries and same number of sixes proves that a lot can be done from him in the future contests. Naman Ojha was not out at 25 runs. Dhawan took a right decision probably by declaring the innings at 411 runs. Abhimanyu Mithun, Ishwar Pandey, Varun Aaron, Jayant Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja did not get the chance to bat. Now they once again look forward to put a cap on Bangladesh A’s innings. The opener Haque was out for a duck. Sarkar has been dismissed at 19 runs.

Captain Mominul Haque is batting at 9 runs while Litton Das at 7 runs. Just an extra has been bowled by India A. For the loss of 2 wickets, 36 runs have been scored by the guests. Dhawan led home side are looking forward to log a triumph and that will be possible if remaining batsmen of the contending sides are shown a way back to the pavilion. Bangladesh A have got lesser chances to bounce back against India A but anything could happen as cricket being a sport housing enormous uncertainty.

Shikhar Dhawan captaincy will be imperative if he guides his men rightly to make best use of the toss through which they were able to invite the rivals to bat first. A recent humiliating defeat at the hands of Bangladesh in Bangladesh’s turf would have probably made them learn a lesson from their mistakes and do not let the opponents emerge strong as this could keep them stay away from tasting victories. Third day game is crucial and cricket lovers wait to see what players of both teams are going to put forward to make the contest exciting.