Sundar and Rohit power India to victory
Skipper Rohit Sharma hit 89 while young spinner Washington Sundar ended with figures of 3 for 22 to earn India a 17 run win over Bangladesh in the T20I Nidahas Trophy.
Rohit managed the innings very well but was well assisted by the rest of the top order.
Rubel Hossain was the only Bangladesh bowler to get among the wickets bowling Shikhar Dhawan to end a seventy run opening stand.
Rohit would see out the innings striking fives sixes and five fours in his innings with Suresh Raina (47) supplementing his runs well.
Rubel (2/27) had Raina caught in the deep just shy of his fifty and bowled a tight final over that saw Rohit run out off the final ball having driven the ball straight at the bowler.
Bangladesh looked like they would make a great first of the run chase while Tamim Iqbal (27) was going but when he became Sundar’s third victim it left Mushfiqur Rahim attempting another rescue job for the Tigers.
Mushfiqur struck his second successive fifty in T20Is but when Shardul Thakur bowled Sabbir Rahman it was going to be tough to get over the line.
Mohammad Siraj bowled a wayward 18th over that opened the door just a little for Bangladesh who took him for 16 runs to leave them needing 33 off the final 12 balls.
A tight penultimate over from Thakur (1/37) swung the game right back in India’s favour though as he went for just five runs.
Mushfiqur (72*) missed out on a short wide ball from Siraj off the first ball of the final over and as he took a single hope faded for Bangladesh with Mehedi Hasan (7) departing off the next ball.
Despite bowling the over that sealed India’s win Siraj (1/50) took some tap and has been far from impressive in this tournament.
Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will now face each other on Friday for the right to meet India in the final.
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