Bangladesh had started off brilliantly during the Rajkot Twenty20 International against India at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium on Thursday. Liton Das and Mohammad Naim had given Mahmudullah's side a great start and they were helped by some sloppy fielding. Rishabh Pant fluffed a stumping in controversial circumstances and Liton was dropped by Rohit Sharma. However, Yuzvendra Chahal and Washington Sundar turned the tide of the match in the middle overs. Sundar got rid of Naim for 36 while Chahal struck in his 13th over, removing Mushfiqur Rahim and Soumya Sarkar.
In the post-match press conference, Sundar acknowledged that Chahal's twin dismissals in the 13th over is a valuable asset to any team. "It is very important to be honest, especially for someone (like Chahal) who can bowl in the middle overs and change the dimension of the game. We have seen him (Chahal) doing that in ODIs and T20 as well. He comes in the middle overs, takes 2-3 wickets and changes the game completely. He (Chahal) is very experienced in this format and knows what to do to get wickets in the middle overs. We have seen him being very successful in the powerplays as well. He is definitely an asset for any team. The way he (Chahal) changes his pace and he knows what the batsman will try and do and which batsman is going to hit where. Different batsmen will have different plans but he is very clever. He is very calm and composed under pressure," Sundar said.
Chahal's twin strikes helped him finish with 4-0-28-2 but it was Sundar who set the tone of the match when he got rid of the dangerous Mohammad Naim for 36. Sundar and Chahal's strikes helped India restrict Bangladesh to 153/6 and Rohit Sharma's brilliant 85 helped India win the match by eight wickets and level the series 1-1.
"It's all about knowing what to do, knowing where the batsmen is going to hit you and other small, small things. Obviously it is important to keep things simple and be calm and composed. You can get hit badly in a few games but that happens in this format of the game. Spinners definitely have a big role to play in the shortest format of cricket because they take the pace off the ball. Sometimes pitches can give little assistance to the spinners as well," Sundar said.