India struggle to 148 for six in opening T20

India's wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant reacts during the first T20 international cricket match of a three-match series between Bangladesh and India, at Arun Jaitley Cricket Stadium in New Delhi on November 3, 2019. (Photo by AFP)

There were no demons in the wicket but none of the Indian batsmen could play a substantial knock as the hosts settled for a below-par 148 for six in the opening T20 International against Bangladesh here on Sunday.

It was a struggle for the Indian batsmen throughout after they were invited to bat at the Feroz Shah Kotla.

At the top, after skipper Rohit Sharma's early dismissal, Shikhar Dhawan scored at a slow pace, managing just 41 off 42 balls.

Dhawan, who has been struggling to find his touch since his comeback, was a top-the scorer for India but he consumed seven overs before running himself out and it affected team's scoring rate.

Much was expected from India's young brigade but save Shreyas Iyer, none took the attack by the scruff of its neck.

Iyer played an entertaining 13-ball 22–run knock, giving the innings a much-needed move on.

Shivam Dube’s much-awaited debut ended with just one run while Rishabh Pant managed 27 off 26 balls.

Had it not been for some gritty stroke-making by Washington Sundar (14 off 5 balls) and Krunal Pandya (15 off 8 balls), India would not have got close to the 150-run mark.

Pacer Shafiul Islam (2/36) and spinner Aminul Isam (2/22) shared four wickets between them.

India skipper Rohit, playing his 99th T20I, began by glancing the first delivery from Shafiul to the boundary ropes and also cover drove the paceman for another four as the hosts made a flying start.

However, Islam cut short Rohit’s stay by trapping him before the wicket in the fifth ball.

KL Rahul and Dhawan struggled to stroke freely and it took the left-handed batsman 13 balls to find his first boundary off Mustafizur Rahman.

Rahul’s 17-ball stay yielded just 15 runs and his knocked ended with a soft dismissal.

Iyer, who has captained Delhi Capitals in IPL at this ground, got into act immediately, striking a massive six, an inside-out shot off spinner Aminul Islam.

The young batsman kept looking for big shots and dispatched one into the stands off Islam while Dhawan continued to struggle.

Iyer went after Aminul again but was caught by debutant Mohammed Naim near the boundary ropes.

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