Publicado: Lun, Marcha 19, 2018
Deportes | Por Godofredo Marrero

Nidahas Trophy: India face rejuvenated Bangladesh in final

Nidahas Trophy: India face rejuvenated Bangladesh in final

The equation changed to 34 off two overs when Karthik came in to bat, but the experienced finisher - he was Man of the Match in India's very first T20I back in 2006 - displayed huge calmness to smash Rubel Hossain for a couple of sixes and fours to score 22 runs in the penultimate over.

Number-five batsman Manish Pandey also made a crucial 28 but returned to the pavilion with India requiring 34 in the last 12 balls.

Earlier, Bangladesh tumbled at the start as they lost their openers early; however, Sabbir Rahman emerged as the standout performer with a solid 77 off 50 balls, as Bangladesh managed to post 167-run target for India.

Bangladesh's innings was also dented by two run-outs but Mehidy Hasan (19 not out off seven balls) compensated by scoring 18 runs off Shardul Thakur's final over. That match was marred by ugly scenes on the pitch. It is worth mentioning that India has defeated Bangladesh twice in the tournament.

They suffered huge pressure further, losing next two wickets - Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar - at 27/2 in 4.2 overs and 33/3 in 5 overs respectively.

Nidahas Trophy: India face rejuvenated Bangladesh in final
Nidahas Trophy: India face rejuvenated Bangladesh in final

Indian skipper Rohit Sharma (56 off 42b; 4x4; 3x6) hit a half century and shared a partnership of 51 off 6 overs with Lokesh Rahul in the 3rd wicket to carry the team collection to 83/3 in 9.3 overs from 32/2 in 3.3 overs before Rahul was caught by Sabbir Rahman off Rubel Hossain.

After winning the tri-series, Rohit said, "Brilliant game, brilliant for the crowd who have come out in numbers".

"Great tournament for us". But since their 2015 World Cup quarterfinal defeat in Melbourne where they felt a few umpiring decisions went against them, the tiny nation of cricket fanatics consider India to be their biggest on-field rivals. "I want one of the experienced campaigners to stay at the end - that's why I held DK back", said Rohit. "And it paid off".

Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan probably had two options to choose from for the penultimate over. And as expected, the Sri Lankan fans who turned up for the game left no opportunity to show their full support towards India. We wanted ot bowl our best bowler in the 18th and 19th. However, the 32-year old was not ready to give up until the last ball and he displayed enormous coolness to smash Rubel Hossain for two sixes and two boundaries to score 22 runs in the game-changing 19th over. It hurts to lose, but we played well.

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