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Shreyas, Rahul take India to 174/5 in 3rd T20I

Half-centuries by Shreyas Iyer (62) and K.L. Rahul (52) helped India score 174/5 in the third T20I against Bangladesh at the VCA Stadium here on Sunday.
Shreyas, Rahul take India to 174/5 in 3rd T20I

The three-match series is tied at 1-1 with Bangladesh looking to secure their first ever series victory against India in the shortest format.

Put into bat, India were dealt an early blow when captain Rohit Sharma fell to Shafiul Islam in the second over. Shikhar Dhawan and Rahul got India into the 30s in the next two overs before Dhawan became Shafiul's second victim in the sixth over as he mishit a big shot and holed out to Bangladesh skipper Mahmudullah at midwicket.

Rahul and Iyer then saw out the next two overs before starting to accelerate in the 10th over. The pair put up 59 runs for the third wicket with Rahul hitting a much-needed half-century. Al-Amin Hossain finally dismissed Rahul off the first ball of the 13th over.

Shreyas and Rishabh Pant saw out the next two overs with the former hitting a six off Soumya Sarkar in the 14th over. He then went on a rampage in the next over, smashing Afif Hossain for three consecutive sixes. He brought up his maiden T20I fifty in the same over.

Sarkar came back in the 17th over and took out both Shreyas and Pant as the momentum shifted back to the visitors. Manish Pandey then took India to 174/5 by hitting an unbeaten 22 off 13 balls.

Brief scores: India: 174/5 in 20 overs (Shreyas Iyer 62, K.L. Rahul 52; Soumya Sarkar 2/29)

( With inputs from IANS )

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