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Rohit claims India seized the opportunity for batting pitch

Published : 08 Nov 2019 09:02 PM | Updated : 06 Sep 2020 06:41 PM

At a post-match presser on Thursday night, Rohit said he knew that the conditions in Rajkot were "perfect" for batting in his 100th T20 International and all he had to do was to 'stay still and tonk the ball". Indian spin duo of Yuzvendra Chahal (2/28) and Washington Sundar (1/25) stemmed the run flow in the middle overs to restrict Bangladesh to a sub-par 153 for 6 after the visitors got off to a bright start in the second T20 on Thursday.

"All these years, I've just tried to do my best with the bat in hand. I knew conditions were perfect. So, all I wanted to do was to stay still and ‘tonk’ the ball. The year 2019 has been very good so far. Just want to finish it off on a good note," said Rohit. It was a good toss to win for Rohit on Thursday. "I knew that Rajkot is a good track and it will be difficult for the bowlers in the second innings. We took advantage of that and had a great powerplay. After that, it was all about going on," the Indian captain said Chasing the 154-run target, India, riding on skipper Rohit Sharma’s blistering 43-ball 85-run knock, won the Rajkot match by eight wickets and drew level the three-match series 1-1.

Rohit toyed with the opposition attack, hammering six sixes and as many fours during his knock, and the Bangladesh skipper said it is hard to stop his Indian counterpart when he is on song. India's bowling hero Chahal felt that there was something in the pitch for the spinners during the first half. "When I bowled my first ball, I realized that it's spinning. You have to vary your pace here," he said.

Chahal said Rishabh Pant's faulty collection ahead of the stumps in his bid to dismiss Liton Das was part and parcel of the game. While Liton was out by a mile, the umpire adjudged it as 'no ball'. "We are team players, even I drop catches sometimes.