While defending a target of 177, Washington Sundar (3/22) decimated the Bangladesh top order to guide India into the final of the Nidahas Trophy. Earlier, it was Rohit Sharma, who scored 89 off 61, was ably supported by Suresh Raina, 47 off 30, helped India put a very competitive 176 runs on board.
Bangladesh’s skipper Mahmudullah won the toss and invited India to bat first in the fifth T20I of the tri-series Nidahas Trophy. Both the teams made 1 change each, with Abu Hider coming in for Taskin, and Mohammed Siraj replacing Jaidev Unadkat.
India start slowly and steadily
After scoring two runs in the first over of the innings, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit targeted Nazmul Islam in the second over and both openers got a boundary each. Rohit started in circumspect fashion, carefully building the partnership with Dhawan. The duo added 16 runs in the next two
Rohit and Raina unleash the fireworks
The Indian opener’s exit brought Suresh Raina to the
Washington Sundar puts India in the driving seat
Chasing a target of 177 was never going to be an easy affair and realizing this, Tamim Iqbal took 8 runs off the first over and even though Sundar got rid of Liton Das in the second, the Bangladesh star thrashed Thakur for 19 in the next to keep his side on track. However, it was all undone as Washington Sundar got rid of not just Soumya Sarkar but Tamim as well to restrict the Tigers to just 48 runs by the end of the powerplay overs. Things did not get much better after the powerplay as India conceded just 16 runs in the next four
Mushfiqur knock in vain as India book final berth
Realizing that they were well behind the required run rate, Mushfiqur Rahim led the charge by adding 40 runs to the total in just three overs. On seeing the spinners struggle, Rohit brought Thakur and Shankar back into the attack and it proved to be a match-changing decision. The duo gave away just 12 runs in the next two overs to take the required run rate past 12 runs. Knowing that one more good over would do the trick, Rohit handed the ball to his best bowler, Sundar, who gave away just 4 runs to put an end to the Bangladesh challenge. Even though Bangladesh scored 16 runs off the 18th over, it proved to be inconsequential as they fell 17 runs short at the end.
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