Coming into the third and final T20I match, the host Indian team was under immense pressure of losing their maiden series against Bangladesh. On the other hand, Bangladesh didn’t have much to lose as there were not many expectations from them with the absence of stalwarts like Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan. After posting a challenging total of 174 runs on the board, things became really difficult for the Indian bowlers as there was a lot of dew around in Nagpur.
Bangladeshi opener Mohammad Naim batted really well and took the attack against the Indian bowlers smashing them all over the park. At the halfway mark, nothing seemed to be going India’s way and the required run-rate also dropped down. Deepak Chahar was brought into the attack once again and he removed Mohammad Mithun to break the 98-run partnership. After this dismissal, Rohit Sharma gathered his entire team and had an intense conversation with them.
“It was the bowlers who won us the game. I know how tough it was in the middle considering the dew factor. At one stage it was looking easy for them when they needed 70-odd of 8 overs; things were looking tough for us. It was a great comeback from us. The boys took responsibility and raised their hands up. I just reminded them this (pointing towards the jersey) is what we are playing for. I can understand when wickets are not falling, it’s hard to pick up. I just had to remind what team they’re playing for, credit to the bowlers,” quoted Rohit Sharma during the post-match presentation.