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Rohit, Sundar put India in the final of Nidahas Trophy

Rohit Sharma scored 89 runs opening the batting for India
Rohit Sharma scored 89 runs opening the batting for India

India 176-3 (Rohit 89) beat
Bangladesh 159-6 (Rahim 72) by 17 runs
5th Twenty20 International, Nidahas Trophy, Colombo

Rohit Sharma led from the front with an 89-run knock while Washington Sundar impressed with a three-wicket haul as India stormed into the final of the Nidahas Trophy with a 17-run victory over Bangladesh in the fifth game of the tournament in Colombo.

The result meant India end the league stage with three wins from four games while the other finalist will be decided by the clash between Sri Lanka and India at the same venue on Friday.

India got off to a sedate start of 27 runs in the first four overs before Rohit Sharma (89) and Shikhar Dhawan (35) stepped up the gear scoring two boundaries and a six in the next two overs to take the score to 49 for naught in the powerplay phase.

The 50-run opening stand came off just 37 deliveries but Bangladesh made a brief comeback by conceding just 22 in the next four overs while also dismissing Shikhar Dhawan (35) in that phase. At the halfway mark, India were positioned 71 for one.

Rohit's half-century came off 42 deliveries but Suresh Raina (47) finally helped the innings get on track with four boundaries and a six between 14th and 16th overs.

The onslaught from the duo continued as India piled 46 runs between 17th and 19th overs before Rubel Hossain (2-27) bowled a splendid final over where he conceded just four runs to restrict India to 176 for three in the 20 overs.

Tamim Iqbal (27) got Bangladesh off to a blistering start in the chase, but Sundar (3-22) bowled a terrific spell in the powerplay where he accounted for Liton Das (7), Soumya Sarkar (1) and also Tamim and restricted them before Mahmudllah (11) hit back to back boundaries to lift the score to 48 for three in six overs.

From there on only Mushfiqur Rahim (72 not out) showed resilience with a 55-ball majestic inning but the pressure on Bangladesh was too much to handle as they succumbed to a 17-run defeat. Rohit was awarded the player of the match for his fabulous knock.

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