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Rohit Sharma smashes India into T20 tri-series final

Rohit Sharma smashes India into T20 tri-series final

With another senior pro Suresh Raina (47 off 30 balls) for the company, Rohit added 102 runs for the second wicket in only 9.2 overs.

Bangladesh won the toss and asked India to bat first in the last league stage match of the Nidahas Twenty20 tri-series at the R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium in Colombo on Wednesday.

The ever-dangerous Tamim Iqbal (27 off 19 balls) started on a promising note, hitting three boundaries and a six off a Shardul Thakur over.

As of now, none of the three teams is certain for the final to be played on March 18 but Bangladesh will do their chances a world of good if they can upset Rohit Sharma's men on Wednesday.

Opener Tamim Iqbal should have stay with Mushfiq in the 3rd stand, but was bowled out Washington Sundar on 40/3 in 5.4 overs, from where Mushfiq and Sabbir started their partnership innings. He took an especial liking to the bowling of Abu Hider, whose final over disappeared for 21 runs.

Mehidy Hasan played 6 balls and scored 7 runs in his bid to keep Mushfiqur at the striking end, but in the final overs, the Tigers failed to score as much as the Indians could. Seam bowler Rubel Hossain returned best bowling figures of two for 27 for Bangladesh. Bangladesh too are without the services of Shakib Al Hasan and despite India's understrength, the fringe players have done remarkably since their defeat against Sri Lanka in the tournament opener.

Tottering at 40/3, Bangladesh's hopes were further dented when leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal (1/21) saw the back of skipper Mahmudullah (11) caught by Lokesh Rahul.

Riding on Rohit Sharma's scintillating 89-run innings, which saw as many as five boundaries and five maximums, India defeated Bangladesh by 17 runs in the 5th encounter of Nidahas Trophy. They drafted in Mohammed Siraj in place of Jaydev Unadkat in the match.

With the match virtually over, Siraj ensures that he does't give away any extras, and collects dots off the last two deliveries, as Rahim remains unbeaten on 72 off 55 balls but fails to get his team through on this occasion. (R Sharma 89, S Raina 47; Rubel Hossain 2/27).

Indian rookie spinner Washington Sundar surprised Bangladesh by clinching three wickets and keeping the economy under six runs per over. Thakur bowled a magnificent spell of 4-27.