Mushfiqur Rahim played another blinder. In doing so, he became the only Bangladeshi to hit back-to-back fifties in T20Is but couldn’t avert Bangladesh’s defeat as they succumbed to a 0-7 scoreline against India in this format. India cruised to Nidahas Trophy 2018 final, which means the encounter between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka on Friday is a virtual semi-final.

Nidahas Trophy 2018, 5th T20I: India negate Mushfiqur Rahim threat to beat Bangladesh and enter final
Nidahas Trophy 2018, 5th T20I: India negate Mushfiqur Rahim threat to beat Bangladesh and enter final

The key architects of India’s win were Rohit Sharma, who bid goodbye to his off form and hit an 89, and the 18-year-old Washington Sundar, whose first spell turned out to be decisive at the end. Here’s the fifth T20I of Nidahas Trophy between India and Bangladesh in pictures:

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Bangladesh were up for some early headache with India adding 70 for the first wicket. It was just the sign of things to come (Image courtesy: AFP)
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While Rohit Sharma took time to settle, Shikhar Dhawan was at his fluent best as he kept finding the middle of the wood (Image courtesy: AFP)
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However, Rubel Hossain had the last laugh. He produced a 145 kph ripper to clean up Dhawan for 35. Rubel impressed with figures of 4-0-27-2 (Image courtesy: AFP)
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Suresh Raina (left) and Rohit Sharma added 102 off 56 balls to get India back on the track. India scored 72 runs off the last six overs (Image courtesy: AFP)
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Skipper Rohit bid farewell to his poor form, striking an important 89 and winning the Man of the Match (Image courtesy: AFP)
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Washington Sundar’s first spell turned out to be decisive as he removed the in-form Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar and Tamim Iqbal inside Powerplay. Rohit later termed Sundar’s spell as ‘magical’. He finished with 4-0-22-3.
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Vijay Shankar remained at his athletic best and bowled well, finishing with 4-0-28-0 (Image courtesy: AFP)
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Mushfiqur Rahim kept Bangladesh in the hunt for long. He finished with a 55-ball 72 not out but couldn’t take Bangladesh to a win. He ran out of partners and got little support (Image courtesy: AFP)
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Mohammed Siraj defended 28 off the final over. He was belted for 50 off his four overs but he ensured India pulled off a 17-run victory (Image courtesy: AFP)

Brief scores

India 176 for 3 in 20 overs [Rohit Sharma 89 (61), Shikhar Dhawan 35 (27), Suresh Raina 47 (30); Rubel Hossain 4-0-27-2] beat Bangladesh 159 for 6 in 20 overs [Mushfiqur Rahim 72 (55)*; Washington Sundar 4-0-22-3] by 17 runs to advance to tournament final

Man of the Match: Rohit Sharma