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India beat Bangladesh by 8 wickets in 2nd T20I, level series 1-1

Skipper Rohit Sharma smashed a blistering knock of 85 runs as India comfortably chased down the target of 154 runs to beat Bangladesh by eight wickets in the second Twenty20I of the three-match series in Rajkot on Thursday.

India beat Bangladesh by 8 wickets in 2nd T20I, level series 1-1
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Skipper Rohit Sharma smashed a blistering knock of 85 runs as India comfortably chased down the target of 154 runs to beat Bangladesh by eight wickets in the second Twenty20I of the three-match series at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium on Thursday. With the win, the Men in Blue have now levelled the series 1-1. 

Here are the highlights; 

# India beat Bangladesh by 8 wicket! India 154/2 (15.4 overs)

# India 139/2 (14 overs)

# WICKET! Rohit Sharma (85) fell 15 runs short of a T20I century after being caugght by sub fielder Mohammad Mithun on the second delivery of the 13th over by Aminul Islam. India 132/2 (13 overs)

# KL Rahul is the new batsman in!

# WICKET! Bangladesh have finally got the breakthrough as Shikhar Dhawan (31) was clean bowled by Aminul Islam on the fifth delivery of the 11th over. India 119/1 (11 overs)

# Rohit Sharma (79) and Shikhar Dhawan (28) continue to stand strong at the crease and have taken India past 100-run mark. Mosaddek Hossain was introduced into the attack and he was smashed by Sharma for three back-to-back sixes. the Men in Blue now need 41 runs from 60 balls. India 113/0 (10 overs)

# FIFTY!! Rohit Sharma has brought up a half-century in his 100th T20I match off just 23 balls. The Indian opener smashed the first delivery of the eighth over into the orbit over deep midwicket to achieve the feat. India 89/0 (8 overs)

# India 76/0 (7 overs)

# Sharma (46) and Dhawan (13) continue to stand strong at the crease as they have stitched a 50-run partnership for the opening wicket. Sharma first smashed Al-Amin Hossain for two back-to-back boundaries before he squeezed the second delivery of the sixth over past the diving cover fielder to take India past 50. India 63/0 (6 overs)

# India have added 18 runs off the last two over. Sharma (22), who is playing his 100th T20I game, smashed Mustafizur Rahman for back-to-back boundaries in the fourth over before he lofted the fourth delivery way over the bowler's head for a maximum. India 37/0 (4 overs)

# 19 runs off the first two overs, including three boundaries. Sharma (6) flicked the first delivery of the first over big wide down the leg side to get off the mark with a single, while Dhawan skipped down the track on the fourth delivery and drove the ball through extra cover to open his account with a four. India 19/0 (2 overs)

# Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma have walked down the crease to begin India's innings. Mustafizur Rahman to open the proceedings for Bangladesh. 

# Innings Break! 

# Bangladesh set 154-run target for India! Bangladesh 153/ 6 (20 overs)

# WICKET!! Mahmudullah falls for 30. The Bangladesh skipper is taken by Shivam Dube near third man on the third delivery of the 19th over by Deepak Chahar. Bangladesh 144/6 (19 overs)

# Bangladesh 136/5 (17 overs)

# WICKET!! Afif Hossain (6) sliced the third delivery of 17th over by Khaleel Ahmed in the air and skipper Rohit took a swirling catch at cover. Bangladesh 128/5 (16.3 overs)

# Nine runs off the last two overs. Afif Hossain (3) and Mahmudullah (6) are currently batting at the middle and are looking to amass as much runs as possible for Bangladesh with just five overs left. Bangladesh 112/4 (15 overs)

# Afif Hossain is the new batsman in!

# WICKET! It's two wickets for Chahal in an over. Soumya Sarkar (30) missed the ball and skipped down the ground on the last delivery of the 13th over, only to see Rishabh Pant collect the ball and remove the bails. Bangladesh 103/4 (13 overs)

# Skipper Mahmudullah is the new batsman in!

# WICKET!! Mushfiqur Rahim, who was named Player of the Match in the opening T20I for his 60-run knock, is taken by Krunal pandya at deep midwicket on the first delivery of the 13th over. Bangladesh 97/3 (12.1 overs)

# Mushfiqur Rahim is the new batsman in!

# WICKET! Washington Sundar strikes for India. Mohammad Naim (36), who was looking good at the crease, smashed the third delivery of the 11th over towards deep midwicket, only to see Shreyas Iyer take a good catch. Bangladesh 86/2 (11 overs)

# 10 runs off the last two overs. Soumya Sarkar (4) gets off the mark by driving the third delivery of the eighth over by Chahal towards long-off, while Mohammad Naim (35) continues to stand strong at the crease. Bangladesh 69/1 (9 overs)

# Soumya Sarkar is the new batsman in!

# WICKET! India have finally got the breakthrough as Liton Das departed for 29. Yujvendra Chahal bowled a googly on the second ball of the eighth over and Liton set off for a run after the ball hits the top of the bat, only to see Rishabh Pant collect the ball behind the wicket and rattle the stumps at the striker's end. Bangladesh 60/1 (7.2 overs)

# 23 runs off the last two overs, including two boundaries each from Naim (27) and Das (26). The Bangladesh batsmen have brought up a half-century stand for the opening wicket, while India have replaced Washington Sundar with Yuzvendra Chahal as they look to get the breakthrough. Bangladesh 54/0 (6 overs)

# 11 runs off the last two overs. Liton Das (14) and Mohammad Naim (17) are looking good at the crease, while the Indian bowlers are eyeing for their first wicket. Das pulled the fourth delivery of the fourth over to the left of short fine leg for a boundary. Bangladesh 31/0 (4 overs)

# Bangladesh have made a good start to their innings as they notched up 20 runs off the first two overs, including four boundaries. Liton Das (6) pushed the second delivery of the first over towards third man to get off the mark with a single. Mohammad Naim (14) also opened the mark with one run by tucking the fourth delivery towards midwicket before smashing Khaleel Ahmed for back-to-back three boundaries in the second over. Bangladesh 20/0 (2 overs)

# Liton Das and Mohammad Naim have walked down the crease to begin Bangladesh's innings. Deepak Chahar to open the proceedings for the hosts. 

# Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma is all set to play his 100th T20I match.

# Lineups:

India XI: Rohit Sharma (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk) Shivam Dube, Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal,  Deepak Chahar, Khaleel Ahmed

Bangladesh XI: Liton Das,  Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Naim, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk) Mahmudullah (capt.), Mosaddek Hossain, Afif Hossain, Aminul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman,  Al-Amin Hossain,  Shafiul Islam

# India win toss, opt to bowl first against Bangladesh !

# The toss is all set to take place in a few minutes!

Having slumped to a seven-wicket defeat in the opening T20I, Rohit Sharma-led India will look to bounce back and level the three-match series against Bangladesh when they head into the second T20I at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium on Thursday. 

On Sunday, the Mahmadulla-led side chased down a modest target of 149 runs with three overs to spare to clinch a seven-wicket win over India and 1-0 lead in the three-match series at the newsly-named Arun Jaitley Stadium.

Notably, it was Bangladesh's first-ever win over the Men in Blue in the shortest format of the game. 

Heading into the third T20I, India will look to come up with much-improved performance in all the three departments of the game in order to stay alive in the series. 

Despite the likes of big-hitters Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Lokesh Rahul in their batting unit, India failed to click with the bat in the first T20I and was restricted to a lowly score of 148 in their stipulated 20 overs. 

The bowling unit too was not at their absolute best, with only Yuzvendra Chahal managing to create some pressure on the Bangladesh batsmen.Bangladesh, on the other hand, will look to continue their winning momentum and seal the T20I series against India with a game to spare. 

The two squads are as follows: 

India: Rohit Sharma(c), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Sanju Samson, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant(wk), Washington Sundar, Krunal Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Rahul Chahar, Deepak Chahar, Khaleel Ahmed, Shivam Dube, Shardul Thakur

Bangladesh: Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Naim, Mahmudullah (c), Afif Hossain, Mosaddek Hossain, Animul Islam, Liton Das, Mushfiqur Rahim, Arafat Sunny, Al-Amin Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Shaiful Islam, Abu Haider Rony, Mohammad Mithun, Taijul Islam.