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Yuzvendra Chahal picked 3 wickets © AFP

India’s bowling once again excelled as Rohit Sharma put Bangladesh into bat in the final of the Nidahas Trophy 2018. Yuzvendra Chahal and Washington Sundar spun a web around their opponents to squeeze life out of Bangladesh’s in-form batting line up. It was Sabbir Rahman, who defied the Indians with his knock of 77, that enabled his side put on 166 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in their 20 overs.

Tamim Iqbal and Liton Das came out to open the innings. They chanced their arms against Jaydev Unadkat, while adopting the more cautious approach against Sundar. Unadkat sadly seemed out of ideas with the new-ball.

As seen in the tournament, Sundar snapped up a wicket in the powerplay, his sixth. Das looking to sweep Sundar, handed a simple catch towards fine leg.

Sabbir came out at No.3. Shardul Thakur standing at long on took a splendid catch to dismiss Tamim. Yuzvendra Chahal’s tossed up delivery doing the trick. Soumya Sarkar came out to partner Sabbir,  lasted just one ball. He too gave his wicket away to Chahal trying the sweep.

Mushfiqur Rahim and Sabbir came together to steady Bangladesh’s sinking ship. They slowly added 35 runs to get Bangladesh past 50. Chahal in his final over managed to provide India a massive breakthrough.

Rahim looking to up the ante got outfoxed by Chahal in flight. Rahim (9) was deceived by the slowness of the delivery, managed to lift the ball in the air, only for Vijay Shankar take it neatly.

Chahal finished his spell with 3 wickets, in process becoming India’s third highest T20I wicket-taker.

Bangladesh’s hero from the last match, Mahmudullah found himself in the middle in just the 10th over. He surpassed 1,000 T20I runs during his knock. Sabbir, despite wickets tumbling from one end, kept his calm and ran singles quite swiftly.

Mahmudullah’s stay in the middle was cut-short after a mix up with Sabbir. He made 21 off 16; this was his 18th appearance in a run out dismissal.

Shakib Al Hasan came out in eye of quick runs. Sabbir recorded his fourth T20I fifty in 37 deliveries, first against India. He managed to get the better of Thakur in the end overs, thumping him for two sixes in the 17th over.

After adding 29 runs for the sixth wicket, Shakib was run out trying to take a risky single against KL Rahul’s arm. Sabbir used deft touches to good affect in the end over to keep the scoreboard ticking.

In yet another attempt to sweep, Sabbir misread a slower delivery off Unadkat and got his stumps rattled after making 77 off 50. Unadkat picked his second wicket in the same over, getting rid of Rubel Hossain for 0.

Mehedi Hasan showed his batting skills in the last over, picking a couple of fours and six against Thakur. Bangladesh despite a batting collapse managed 166 runs in 20 overs.

Brief score:

Bangladesh 166 for 8 (Sabbir Rahman 77, Mahmudullah 21; Yuzvendra Chahal 3 for 18) vs India