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:

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)

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)

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)

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)

Skipper Rohit bid farewell to his poor form, striking an important 89 and winning the Man of the Match (Image courtesy: AFP)

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.

Vijay Shankar remained at his athletic best and bowled well, finishing with 4-0-28-0 (Image courtesy: AFP)

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)

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