Rohit finds form to guide India into final

Lester Mason
March 15, 2018

In the six overs between 14th and 19th, India scored nearly 14 per over, and Rohit reaped 37 off 15 balls.

Preview: Buoyant after registering a six-wicket victory over Sri Lanka, a confident Rohit Sharma-led India would aim to seal a final berth in the Nidahas Trophy Twenty20 tri-series when they face a tricky Bangladesh at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Wednesday.

Sundar came back to pack back the other opener Tamim Iqbal (27), who looked threatening with his four boundaries and a six off Shardul Thakur's first over before losing his leg stick to the 18-year-old tweaker.

It was a game that India need to win to book a comfortable place in the final of the Nidahas Trophy.

Bangladesh, under the leadership of Mahmudullah, presently are on cloud nine following their record chase against Sri Lanka in the third match of the tri-series.


Wrist-spinner Chahal has been expensive while off-spinner Sundar has shown his capablities by bowling in the powerplay overs. It's arguable that India's bowlers have more quality than Sri Lanka's and that's exactly where India stifled Bangladesh in their previous encounter. Sabbir Rahman stuck by Mushfiqur for 65 runs, but as he repeatedly failed to find the boundary, the required rate climbed.

The two veterans of numerous IPL battles, shifted gears in the four overs between 16 to 19, in which India scored 55 runs. Suresh Raina played well for his 30-ball 47 before getting dismissed in the final over.

Earlier, the Indian openers Rohit and Shikhar Dhawan (35) clicked at the right time with a 70-run stand after being put in to bat. Rubel Hossain is another bowler to keep an eye out for, but besides that, the Bangladesh bowling is as ordinary as it gets. India brought in pacer Mohammad Siraj instead of Jaydev Unadkat. If they win this one, their next game becomes a must-win for Sri Lanka.

The pressure mounted on the Tigers when Yuzvendra Chahal took the wicket of skipper Mahmudullah after Bangladesh added 21 more runs.

Bangladesh, who also lost their first match of the tournament to India, managed 159-6 in reply. Thakur bowled a magnificent spell of 4-27. Though he started cautiously, he made it up towards the end of the innings, hitting a total of five sixes and five fours.

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