Another solid performance from team India guided the side to the all-important finals of the Nidahas Trophy with Bangladesh to take on home side Sri Lanka in the decider tomorrow at the R Premadasa Stadium.
India beat Bangladesh by 15 runs in the 5th Twenty20 of the tournament last evening.
India v Bangladesh match summary
Team India were off to an unusually slow start but the openers were able to capitalize on loose balls to lay a solid platform on top of the order. A classic Rubel Hussain yorker had Dhawan back in the dugout for 35. Raina and Sharma lifted the side to 176 for 3 in 20 overs.
Rohit Sharma was run out for 89 in just 61 balls. Rubel Hussain picked 2 for 27 and was the only wicket-taker for Bangladesh.
In response, Bangladesh were off to a blistering start despite losing Liton Das in the 2nd over. Tamim was on fire but Washington Sundar went through the Bangladesh top order, leaving Mushfiqur Rahim with a huge workload. Rahim tried his very best but the Tigers were 17 short at the end of the 20th over.
“Our effort was there, but we needed someone else to contribute with the bat. We wanted a flying start, but the early wickets made us lose momentum. Also, if we would’ve conceded ten fewer runs then we could’ve won. While bowling, our plan was to bowl the yorker but we didn’t execute them properly. Looking forward to the SL game, we will try to come hard at them,” said losing captain Mahmudullah at the post-match presentation.
Rohit Sharma was adjudged player of the match.
With India already in the finals, Sri Lanka will fancy their chances over Bangladesh, especially after winning 2 out of the three recent T20s against the same opponent. At the same time, it will not be a walk in the park for the hosts.
Sri Lanka will have to make a few changes in the bowling department and include Dhananjaya De Silva to strengthen the batting as skipper Chandimal serves his two-match suspension. The wicket has shown obvious signs of spin, therefore, Amila Aponso might have a chance over Jeevan Mendis.
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