An impressive showdown from India batsmen lead India to final fixture of Nidahas Tournament, as they defeated Bangladesh by 17 runs. Bangladesh opted to field trying to take an advantage of chasing but the strategy went off astray with India batsmen thumping high scores. Rohit Sharma, especially, was brilliant with the bat for the first time in three matches of the tournament so far. He was aided by Suresh Raina and Dhawan to haul the score to 176.
In reply, Bangladesh players started the inning with a wobbly beginning, losing the top order cheaply. There was an impressive strike from Mushfiqur Rahim, but it was not enough as India bowlers chirped away the other end. Remaining unbeaten, Rahim pulled up the chase to 159, as the match wrapped up on India’s side.
A slackened bowling by Bangladesh came up as a major woe. They could not break into the opening partnership between Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan until the 10th over. Meanwhile, openers hauled India’s score to 70, with Dhawan beating 35 off 27 runs. His strike featured 5 fours and a six. It was followed by another partnership stretch of 102 runs bolstered the inning to challenging heights for Bangladesh. Rohit Sharma partnered with Suresh Raina, who blasted five fours and 2 sixes for a 30-ball-47.
Rohit Sharma was the prime bet to strengthen India’s score. His smashing strike of five fours and five six injected a flying momentum into the inning. He scored 89 off 61 balls with a strike rate of 145.90. With Raina, he took the run rate to above 14 in six overs from 14th to 19th. In the stretch, his own strike rate was more than 200.
In contrast to this impressive showdown from India batsmen, Bangladesh could not put up a strong strike. It was overpowered by India bowlers since the beginning. Washington Sundar slogged the start sending out Soumya Sarkar and Liton Das cheaply. By the end of powerplay, he also removed Tamim Iqbal as a major loss to the chase. Iqbal scored 27 off 19 balls. Mushfiqur Rahim remained unbeaten adding 72 runs. He was aided by Sabbir Rahman for some overs, but the required score rate went above practical strike for Bangladesh. Finally, the team surrendered paving India’s way to the final fixture.
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