Bangladesh lose marginally, India confirm final berth
Yet another heroics from Mushfiqur Rahim but this time it could not save Bangladesh from suffering defeat, the Tigers left the field with a 17 run loss against India, who confirmed the final of the Nidahas Trophy on Wednesday night at the Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
The history book has rewritten by Mushfiqur Rahim, in a different way today, the wicket keeper batsman was unbeaten scoring 72 off 55 deliveries but unfortunately rest in the losing side.
Chasing 176, the Tigers finished their allotted 20 overs at the score of 159 runs for the loss of 6 wickets.
The opening partnership between Tamim Iqbal and Litton Das was dispatched before it became mingled towards a great force. The 12 run stand was foolishly broken when Litton stepped forward to hunt a Washington Sundar delivery allowing Karthik to dismantle the stumps behind.
Litton Das thus added 7 while Tamim Iqbal added another 27 but could not powerhouse the batting like the way he did in the previous match against Sri Lanka.
The partnerships started faltering apart since then; the stand between Soumya and Tamim lasted for 23; the erroneous form of Soumya continued, he contributed a single run in the partnership.
Bangladesh never stopped losing wickets until Mushfiqur Rahim came in. With per excellence, he started outclassing Indian bowlers against whom the rest of the batting department was grounded to earth.
For a momentous period of time, he reminded everyone about the glare of the previous match against Sri Lanka.
He looked audaciously graceful on the way to his second successive T20I fifty; this time too unbeaten. 8 shots of fours and a single six adorned his 55 ball innings.
Batting in partnership with Sabbir Rahman, the hard hitter also contributed a vital 27 runs off 23 balls with 2 fours and a six.
Painstakingly despite wickets in hand, Bangladesh failed to capitalize in the final overs of the match, falling short of 17 runs.
In the first half of the day, Rohit Sharma, the captain in charge struck the opposition hard after surviving from an early dropped catch.
5 shots of boundaries and similar number of sixes led Sharma scoring 89 runs off 61 deliveries before he fall short of the crease in a direct throw from Rubel Hossain in the ultimate delivery of the innings.
Rubel Hossain was the only bowler to have success against the Indian line up. Bowling 4 overs, he claimed 2 wickets conceding 27 runs.