India all-rounder Washington Sundar said that his side were confident of clinching the series after the resounding eight-wicket win in the second T20I in Rajkot yesterday levelled the three-match series 1-1. Bangladesh were buoyed by their win in Delhi -- their first-ever T20I win against India -- but Sundar believed that his side had the edge in the series decider as the Nagpur wicket will be similar to the one from Rajkot.
“Definitely. We’ve lost one game and it was a close one. Couple of things here and there and that game could have gone our way as well. We won convincingly today and we can expect a similar track and boundaries in Nagpur so definitely we will look to win the next game,” he said when asked if India were in the driving seat leading up to the third T20I in Nagpur on Sunday.
Sundar mentioned that things went in their favour right from the toss, up to skipper Rohit Sharma hitting 85 off 43 balls. Bangladesh had wasted a good start from openers Liton Das and Mohammad Naim to be restricted to a sub-par 153 for six.
“We were lucky with the toss in this game and we thought the wicket was beautiful. We would definitely have liked to bowl first and felt that if we could restrict them to anywhere around 160 then we have done a good job,” he added.
The off-spin of Sundar, which yielded one wicket for just 25 from four overs, and leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal’s two for 28 were crucial in tying the Tigers down.
“They batted very well and we thought the spinners’ role was important. It was important to take the pace off the ball and we did a very good job in the middle overs.”
For Sundar, the Delhi wicket favoured Bangladesh, mostly due to its slowness, but the Rajkot one was more straightforward and it helped the Indian batsmen.
“If we look at our batting lineup, all the batsmen would like to go aggressive right from the start since there is so much talent in there. At times in the game in Delhi, it wasn’t easy to start middling the ball right from the off. But on wickets like this, you can expect India to go right from the off,” he said.
“It happens in this format. Even in the Bangladesh Premier League, they have similar tracks as Delhi’s so it suited them better and they played well that night.”