Colombo, R.Premadasa Stadium witnessed a dazzling performance by Team India who beat Bangladesh by 17 runs. Winning the toss Bangladesh opted to bowl first as pitch condition seemed to be favorable for the team chasing runs. Indian skipper and opener Rohit Sharma who was struggling with his bat from last few matches fit into his groove this time by scoring 13th T20 Fifty.
Sharma starting off quite slow in the 5th match but gradually paced up team score until run out in the last ball of the inning.
In Fact, he broke the record of maximum 74 sixes in T20 cricket earlier hold by Yuvraj Singh by hitting five massive sixes to set a benchmark of 75 sixes.
In his inning he scored 89 runs off 61 balls included 5 boundaries and 5 sixes with the strike rate of 145.9. During the power play, Indian openers build the partnership of 50 runs off 37 balls where Dhawan made 22 runs before being bowled by Rubel Hossain.
Raina And Sharma Partnership
Sharma and Raina build the partnership of 52 runs off 33 balls made India to achieve 100 run marks in 13.3 overs. Raina who received acclaimed after his comeback in South Africa tour made the score of 47 runs in this match which included two sixes and four boundaries.
Hitman and UP boy reached their century partnership for 2nd wicket made the scoreboard to 154 runs in 17.4 over. Before Rohit is being departed Indian put the runs of 176 in 20 overs losing three wickets.
Bangladesh comes to chase the run of 176 lost their top order batsman by getting dismissed by Washington Sundar adding up the score of 48/3 at the end of the power play.
Not far behind Men in Blue, they reached 100 runs mark at 13 over. M Rahim (32) and S Rahman (17) contributed 51 run of partnership off 35 balls ignite some hope among Bangladeshi fans to chase runs successfully.
Wicketkeeper and Batsman M Rahim completed his 4th fifty in T-20 international by scoring 72 runs including 8 fours and one six not out.
Asian tigers that made promising statement with their performance against Sri Lanka fall short of 17 runs by scoring 159 runs against chasing the runs of 176 runs.
With this win India made their place to finals now the match between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will be deciding match for both Asian countries to play against Men in Blue.
Washington Sundar playing his 5th T20 international made its impact by dismissing top three batsman of Bangladesh and proved to be most economical bowler by leading the chart with Economical rate of 5.80 leaving Bhajji behind the chart among Indian bowlers.
Moreover Rohit Sharma during post-match interview bestowed praise of words to Sundar’s performance “Washington’s spell up front was magical. It’s not easy for a spinner to bowl with the new ball, so hats off to him.
Washington has been courageous to take the ball from me, not afraid to fight the ball, and he’s very clear on what he wants to execute. That allows me to breathe easy.”
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