Nidahas Trophy T20 Tri-Series Rohit stars in India’s comfortable win

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LATE-CITY-DM-28-1By M. Shamil Amit

Rohit Sharma’s blistering 61-ball 89 with five boundaries and five sixes and useful knocks from Suresh Raina and Shikhar Dhawan laid the foundation for India to register a comfortable 17-run win against Bangladesh in the Nidahas Trophy Twenty20 Tri-Series Cricket Tournament fifth match played at the R. Premadasa Stadium yesterday.

India invited to take first lease of the wicket got off to a flying start with the  openers Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan putting on 70 runs from just 59 balls.

Sharma joined by Suresh Raina sent the Bangladesh bowlers on a leather hunt with the pair associating in a valuable 102-run stand for the second wicket before they were separated in the last over. 

Sharma was dismissed in the last ball of the innings and India ended with a formidable score of 176 runs.

In reply, the Bangladesh batsmen had little to offer as they made an inauspicious start losing their first wicket for 12 runs. 

This was followed by a brief partnership of 23 runs for the second wicket between Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar before right-arm spinner Washington Sundar made the breakthrough dismissing the latter.

Tamim made steady progress and threatened to take control of the situation but he handed Sundar his third wicket when the batsman was bowled for 27.

Mushfiqur Rahim and Skipper Mahmudullah Riyad took over from there onwards and made steady progress before Mahmudullah offered an easy catch to Lokesh Rahul at mid-wicket. 

Mushfiqur found an able partner in Sabbir Rahman and the pair posted the 100 runs for Bangladesh in the 13th over.

Untitled-11The pair also figured in a 65-run stand for the fifth wicket and reached 116 for four wickets at the end of the 15th over.

However, Thakur made the breakthrough for India while breaking the threatening partnership. 

Musfiqur raced to his half century with back-to-back boundaries off Mohamed Siraj and his knock came in 42 balls. 

In fact the 18th over was a healthy one for Bangladesh which yielded 16 runs.

India then sealed the game with the fall of Mehdy Hasan’s wicket in the second ball of the last over.

Bangladesh needed 28 runs from the last over but they managed to score only 10 runs to end at 159 for six as Mushfiqur’s unbeaten knock of 72 in the end proved to be in vain.