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India storm into finals with 17 runs win over Bangladesh


Indian cricket captain Rohit Sharma is dismissed by Bangladesh bowler Mustafizur Rahman during the second Twenty20 international cricket match between Bangladesh and India for the Nidahas Trophy tri-nation Twenty20 tournament at The R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on March 8, 2018. The Nidahas Trophy is a tri-nation Twenty20 tournament involving Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and India. / AFP PHOTO / ISHARA S. KODIKARA

Colombo : After being put into bat, India posted a challenging 176/3, which proved to be out of reach for the Bangladeshi batsmen. After successfully chasing Sri Lanka’s mammoth 214, the Bangladeshi tigers were high on confidence. But, they could not take on India’s bowling attack which was disciplined. Barring Mushfiqur Rehman (72 not out), no other Bangladeshi batsman was up to the task. Indian bowlers struck at regular intervals to keep the pressure mounting and eventually registering a comfortable victory by 17 runs.

Washington Sundar (3/22), Yuzvendra Chahal (1/21) were most economical in their quota of four overs. Vijay Shankar too bowled with discipline to concede only 28 runs of his four overs, although without taking a wicket. Rohit Sharma was adjudged the Man of the Match.

Earlier, Skipper Rohit Sharma roared back to form with a blazing 89 as India scored a competitive 176 for three against Bangladesh in the final league encounter of the Nidahas T20 Tri-Series.

After a prolonged bad patch starting from the tour of South Africa, the stand-in captain was in his element, starting cautiously before finishing with a flourish as he hit five fours and an equal number of sixes off only 61 balls.

With another senior pro Suresh Raina (47 off 30 balls) for company, Rohit added 102 runs for the second wicket in only 9.2 overs.

The two veterans of numerous IPL battles, shifted gears in the four overs between 16 to 19, in which India scored 55 runs. The final over was a bit of an anti-climax with Bangladesh’s best bowler Rubel Hossain (2/27 in 4 overs) keeping things tight and giving away only four runs.

The turning point was the 18th over bowled by left-arm military medium bowler Abu Hider Rony (0/43 in 4 overs), which fetched India 21 runs.

Rony was hit for three sixes —- two by Rohit and one by Raina, which suddenly propped up India’s score that was looking below par at one stage. Of the sixes hit by the Indian skipper, the standout was a slog sweep off Mustafizur Rahaman. He also punished the slower bowlers — off-spinner Mehidy Hasan Miraz and left-arm spinner Nazmul Islam — hitting them for a six each. When Mustafizur, while trying for the slower one, ended up bowling full tosses, Rohit opened the bat face to fetch boundaries in the arc between point and third man.

While Rohit upped the ante in the end, Raina once again played a significant role, hitting five boundaries and two sixes. He started with a couple of boundaries off Miraz — his signature slog sweep towards the deep mid-wicket region followed by a lofted shot over long-off. He also hit Mahmudullah over mid-wicket for a boundary while an attempted inside-out lofted shot was edged towards third-man for a boundary.

Brief Scores : India – Rohit run out 89, Dhawan b R Hossain 35, Raina c Sarkar b R Hossain 47, Karthik not out 2, Extras (LB-1, WD-2): 3 Total (3 wkts, 20 overs) 176. Bangladesh – Tamim 27, Litton 7, Soumya 1, Mushfiquir 72 NO, Sabbir 27, Mahmudullah 11, Hasan 7 Extras (LB1, NB1, W4) 6, Total (..wkts, 20 overs)  Bowling : Siraj 4-0-50-1, Shardul 4-0-37-1, Chahal 4-0-21-1, Shankar 4-0-28-0, Sundar 4-0-22-3.