Nidahas Trophy: Bangladesh set India 167-run target in final

Nidahas Trophy: Bangladesh set India 167-run target in final
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Colombo: Sabbir Rahman emerged as the standout performer with a solid 77 off 50 balls as Bangladesh managed to post 167-run target for India in the final of the Nidahas Trophy tri-nation T20 series at the R Premadasa Stadium here on Sunday.

After being asked to bat first, Bangladesh tumbled at the start as they lost their openers early.

Washington Sundar drew the first blood as he dispatched Liton Das on 11 in the third over. Das was followed by his partner Tamim Iqbal, who was caught out by Shardul Thakur at the long-on boundary on 15 off Yuzvendra Chahal’s ball.

It was Sabbir Rahman who then kept Bangladesh in the hunt by displaying a one-man show.

As Rahman was struggling to help his side set a decent score, Chahal struck twice.

First, he dismissed Soumya Sarkar and then sent back Mushfiqur Rahim on 9.

Mahmudullah scored 21 while skipper Shakib Al Hasan got out on 9.

Pacer Jaydev Unadkat who came in for Mohammed Siraj finally dismissed Rahman on 77 of his slow and misleading delivery.

In the end, Mehidy Hasan Miraz slammed 18 runs off the final over to give Bangladesh a total that their bowlers can hope to defend.

The culminating match of the series is the eighth T20 face-off between the two teams. The Men in Blue have emerged victorious in all the previous seven occasions. Also, India have won nine of their 11 games at the R Premadasa Stadium. (ANI)