Result
5th Match (N), Colombo (RPS), Mar 14 2018, Nidahas Twenty20 Tri-Series
176/3
(20 ov, target 177)
159/6
India won by 17 runs
Player Of The Match
1y
• The Report by Andrew Fidel Fernando in Colombo

Rohit and Sundar carry India into final

Rohit Sharma's 102-run second-wicket partnership with Suresh Raina lifted India to 176, a score that proved 17 runs beyond Bangladesh, despite another fifty from Mushfiqur Rahim

Match centre 
Scorer: Ranjith P
Commentator: Sreshth Shah
Scorecard summary
India176/3(20 overs)
Bangladesh159/6(20 overs)
end of over 2010 runs • 1 wicket
BDESH: 159/6CRR: 7.95 
Mushfiqur Rahim72 (55)
Abu Hider0 (0)
Mohammed Siraj4-0-50-1
Shardul Thakur4-0-37-1

10.40pm That's all from us tonight. Who will meet India in the final of the Nidahas Trophy? We'll find out in a few days. Hope you enjoyed ESPNcricinfo's coverage of the 5th match from the tri-series tournament. This is Sreshth, and on behalf of Nikhil and Ranjith, signing off. Bye bye!

10.30pm Football fans can head here to watch Bayern Munich in the Champions League, which kicks off at 10:30 PM IST. Juventus are in action in Serie A at the same time.

Meanwhile, here's the presentation. Rohit Sharma is the Man of the Match.

Winning captain, Rohit Sharma: "as I said at the toss, it was important for me to return to form. Although, I felt we were 10-15 short, but they bowled well at the death. Anyway, 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. The rest of the bowlers executed their plans perfectly too at the back end. The pitch wasn't the usual wicket, and the ball was gripping. It wasn't easy to hit on the up as well, so I decided to take some time getting set. I knew the new batsmen would find it tough. Raina's been in terrific form too, so hope he does well in the final too. Washington has been courageous to take the ball from me, not afraid to flight the ball, and he's very clear on what he wants to execute. That allows me to breathe easy. When a bowler knows what field to set, that talks a lot about that individual. He bowled well in SL as well. Before Siraj's final over, all I told him was to keep it simple. I just wanted him to continue bowling the back-of-the-length ball because we found that tough to hit as well. Whatever I've seen of him, he can execute those plans. I can understand nerves, but he's a great talent. He will go strength to strength. Wasn't a great game for him, but he's a great talent."

Losing captain, Mahmudullah: "our effort was there, but we needed someone else to contribute with the bat. We wanted a flying start, but the early wickets made us lose momentum. Also, if we would've conceded ten less runs then we could've won. While bowling, our plan was to bowl the yorker but we didn't execute them properly. Looking forward to the SL game, we will try to come hard at them."

Sai Anoop: "The contribution of Vijay Shankar shouldn't go unnoticed because Bangladesh could have attacked him, but he kept things simple and went at only 7 an over which deserves some appreciation."

10.20pm With that win, India are through to the final of the Nidahas Trophy. Mushfiqur Rahim's lone fight just wasn't good enough tonight as the rest of his team-mates crumbled to spin. First, it was Washington Sundar's three wickets inside the Powerplay that made things difficult for Bangladesh. After that, Shardul Thakur returned well in his second spell to keep things quiet. The game, however, was set up by India's top three. Rohit hit 89, Dhawan made 35 and Raina crunched 47 to take them past 170. That score, on this surface, was just too much. All of this means the next match, between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, is a virtual semi-final. The presentation starts in a few minutes.

Shovan: "Siraj is a very good prospect,only this is he didn't get consistent run in the team. He is reminding me of Umesh Yadav in early days. 1 or 2 good ballin the over along with 2 definite boundary ball. But I believe, certainly he will make progress in future."

Hippu: "Thakur just showed how most matches are won or lost in the penultimate over. Last overs remain as mere formalities. "

Kshitij: "And that's another 50 for Siraj. More consistent than Kohli! "

Karthik: "In spite of standout innings from Mushi, his strike rate is below 8rpo, which is well below rrr."

19.6
Mohammed Siraj to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run
good length wide outside off again. Tries to cut but Mushfiqur can't connect. Through to the keeper on the bounce and India win by 17 runs!

KG: "If Indian National Team cricketers got a Rupee along with each advice they get, they may not need to play IPL

19.5
Mohammed Siraj to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run
slower ball wide outside off, but well inside the tramlines. Mushfiqur thought it was wide, so let it go. Poor judgment on his behalf
19.4
4
Mohammed Siraj to Mushfiqur Rahim, FOUR runs
full on middle stump, backs away and crunches this drive past cover. No chance for Manish Pandey in the deep! What a terrific shot from the Bangladesh keeper
19.4
1w
Mohammed Siraj to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 wide
short outside off, but way too short. Loops over Mushfiqur's head and he'll have to bowl that one again. Rohit isn't quite pleased
19.3
4
Mohammed Siraj to Mushfiqur Rahim, FOUR runs
good length on middle stump, angling into Mushi but he glances this over short third man! Well improvised by backing away to the leg side

Saudev Singh: "In the words of Troy Deeney, does Siraj and Pant have the Cojones to play International cricket." -- definitely till 2019, I think.

19.2
w
Mohammed Siraj to Mehidy Hasan Miraz, OUT
good length outside off, flat-batted over the bowler's head, but Raina's safe as a church at long off. Comfortable catch well inside the ropes
Mehidy Hasan Miraz c Raina b Mohammed Siraj 7 (6b 1x4 0x6) SR: 116.66
19.1
1
Mohammed Siraj to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run
good length just outside off stump. Plays the late cut to short third man and they're off for a quick single

shashank: "For all the potential, Siraj has average economy over 12 across games with just 1 wicket. and no signs of improvement. Ind have to start counselling him better or looking away from him."

end of over 195 runs
BDESH: 149/5CRR: 7.84 • RRR: 28.00
Mehidy Hasan7 (5)
Mushfiqur Rahim63 (50)
Shardul Thakur4-0-37-1
Mohammed Siraj3-0-40-0
18.6
Thakur to Mehidy Hasan Miraz, no run
full just outside off, slapped square to Rahul, but he's got no chance of a single. Bangladesh will need 28 off the final over
18.5
1
Thakur to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run
good length wide outside off, cut off the back foot to deep extra cover. How will Thakur end his spell?
18.4
1
Thakur to Mehidy Hasan Miraz, 1 run
full just outside off. Sliced over point to the man in the deep. The required run-rate is now over 20
18.3
1
Thakur to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run
knuckle ball on middle and leg, bunts it down the ground to long on. Only a single, so Thakur won't mind
18.2
Thakur to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run
full on the fourth-stump line. He tries to slog this over the leg side, but can't connect. Misses the shot, and the ball barely misses off stump. Was in the slot, nonetheless, to be sent into the stands
18.1
2
Thakur to Mushfiqur Rahim, 2 runs
full and wide outside off, crunches this drive past cover. Manish Pandey's at wide long off, and he does well to keep it down to a two

Thirty-three runs needed off 12. Here's Thakur

end of over 1816 runs
BDESH: 144/5CRR: 8 • RRR: 16.50
Mehidy Hasan6 (3)
Mushfiqur Rahim59 (46)
Mohammed Siraj3-0-40-0
Shardul Thakur3-0-32-1
17.6
4
Mohammed Siraj to Mehidy Hasan Miraz, FOUR runs
full and wide outside off. Mehidy backs away and slaps this over point! Just the extra room to free his arms, and slashes very hard at it. No one behind square on the off side and that's 16 off the over.
17.6
2nb
Mohammed Siraj to Mushfiqur Rahim, (no ball) 1 run
Is that out?! Taken by Siraj off his own bowling, but it was a waist-high full toss. Mushfiqur tried to pull, but came off the bat's top half. Siraj wasn't sure whether that was a no ball or not, so has a shy at the stumps as well. The umpires want to have a second look. Looks touch-and-go really. We await the final decision... and no ball given! A free hit to go with that
17.5
Mohammed Siraj to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run
back of a length slower ball outside off. Mushfiqur tries to ramp it over the keeper, but can't connect
17.4
1
Mohammed Siraj to Mehidy Hasan Miraz, 1 run
good length just outside off, muscled to mid off but Mehidy wants the single. Raina's throw at the non-striker's is good, but isn't a direct hit. Mehidy survives

Pomil Proch: "Paddle sweep - Sachin, Scoop - Dilshan, Banana swing - Waqar, Upper Cut - Sehwag, 360 - ABD, Switch hit - KP, Slow Bouncer - Pollock, 2 seperate bouncers - Andy Robers. Now, Who do we credit the knuckle ball to?" -- The first person I noticed use it was Chaminda Vaas long back. And Andrew Tye, more recently

17.3
1
Mohammed Siraj to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run
full and wide outside off, forced to reach at it and slapped to deep point
Best performances - batsmen
RG Sharma
89 runs (61)
5 fours
5 sixes
Control71%
Productive shot
flick
20 runs
1 fours
0 sixes
84351071636
Mushfiqur Rahim
72 runs (55)
8 fours
1 sixes
Control79%
Productive shot
cover drive
16 runs
2 fours
0 sixes
94313161485
Best performances - bowlers
Washington Sundar
O
4
M
0
R
22
W
3
Eco
5.50
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
1W
Rubel Hossain
O
4
M
0
R
27
W
2
Eco
6.75
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
1W
Match details
R.Premadasa Stadium, Khettarama, Colombo
TossBangladesh , elected to field first
SeriesNidahas Twenty20 Tri-Series 2018
Player Of The Match
Rohit Sharma
Match numberT20I no. 660
Season2017/18
Hours of play (local time)19.00 start, First Session 19.00-20.25, Interval 20.25-20.45, Second Session 20.45-22.10
Match days14 March 2018 - night match (20-over match)
Umpires
Ranmore Martinesz
Raveendra Wimalasiri
TV Umpire
Ruchira Palliyaguruge
Reserve Umpire
Lyndon Hannibal
Match Referee
Chris Broad
PointsIndia 2, Bangladesh 0