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  • 11:09 PM IST

    Washington Sundar is the Man of the Tournament. He says, “It means a lot, especially such an award at such a young age. I really need to thank my family for this. It’s a challenging role [bowling in Powerplay] but when playing for India, it’s just an honour. I’ve always wanted to read the batsmen’s mind, and that’s what I have been trying to do.”

  • 11:04 PM IST

    Dinesh Karthik is the Man of the Match. He humbly puts it, “It was not that easy to bat there. The way Mustafizur bowled… So I just had to go out there and hit the ball hard. I have been practicing to hit through the line and luckily it came out well. The Indian team is a tough place to get an opportunity, but once you get it, you have to take it. And credit to the backroom staff, they have always supported me and I’m really happy.”

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    Dinesh Karthik’s innings today. 6, 4, 6, 0, 2, 4, 1, 6

Live Cricket Score, India vs Bangladesh 2018, Nidahas Trophy Final at Colombo
This is the second time India and Bangladesh are squaring off in a tournament final. The first was in 2016 Asia Cup T20 (Image courtesy: AFP)

Welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of Nidahas Trophy 2018. After six matches, we are all set for the final between India and Bangladesh at R Premadasa. I, Suvajit Mustafi, will be providing with live updates, analysis and best of tweets from social space.

Only if Bangladesh batters in the middle had listened to their skipper Shakib Al Hasan’s commands of walking out, Sri Lanka would have been playing the final. It’s unfortunate that the hosts, Sri Lanka, have not qualified for the tournament final. The tournament’s purpose is to celebrate Sri Lanka’s 70 years of independence. Their exit was marked by a sensational Bangladesh victory on Friday amid ugly scenes.

Yes, ugly. Bangladesh cricketers are lucky to get away with minor punishment for collectively showing grievance against umpire’s decision and almost walking off the park. The incident overshadowed Mahmudullah’s brilliant innings that consisted a penultimate-ball six to guide Bangladesh to the final. Hopefully, the final will be more about cricket.

Nidahas Trophy 2018 Final, Preview and Likely XIs: Bangladesh’s best chance to register maiden win against a second string but favourites India
Nidahas Trophy 2018 Final, Preview and Likely XIs: Bangladesh’s best chance to register maiden win against a second string but favourites India

The second string India, led by Rohit Sharma, are favourites despite missing out on key players. They beat Bangladesh on both the league games extending their T20I head-to-head 7-0 against their little neighbours.

Bangladesh’s best chance lies in keeping the inexperienced Indian bowling under pressure with their power-packed batting that they managed to do last week against Sri Lanka.

With rain and thunderstorm predicted, it’s no brainer that fielding will be the preferred choice after toss.

India’s Likely XI: Rohit Sharma (c), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Vijay Shankar, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Jaydev Unadkat, Yuzvendra Chahal.

Bangladesh’s Likely XI: Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan (c), Sabbir Rahman, Mehedi Hasan, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Nazmul Islam.