Rohit returns to form to guide India into T20 tri-series final

Pandey and Karthik ensured there were no more hiccups as they stitched unbeaten 68 runs for the fifth wicket to guide India home comfortably

Pandey and Karthik ensured there were no more hiccups as they stitched unbeaten 68 runs for the fifth wicket to guide India home comfortably

In the six overs between 14th and 19th, India scored nearly 14 per over, and Rohit reaped 37 off 15 balls.

India will look to seal their spot in the finals of the Nidahas Twenty20 tri-series when they take on Bangladesh in the last league stage match at the R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium in Colombo on Wednesday.

After that, it was all about catching up before Mushfiqur and Shabbir Ahmed put on 65 runs for the fifth wicket before Shardul got the important wicket of Shabbir (27) to derail the chase.

Bangladesh are tied on two points with Sri Lanka and can still qualify for the final if they lose to India, providing they win against the hosts in the final round robin game on March 16.

Bangladesh won the toss and chose to bowl first.

In-form wrist spinner Yuzvendra Chahal has been expensive in both games against Sri Lanka while off-spinner Washington Sundar has shone opening the bowling in the Powerplay overs in every game. Bangladesh successfully chased a score over 200, while India chased 153.

500 - Raina, today, became the 500th Indian batsman to be dismissed in a T20 worldwide. If they win this one, their next game becomes a must-win for Sri Lanka. Seam bowler Rubel Hossain returned best bowling figures of two for 27 for Bangladesh.

But with Rubel Hossain bowling the ideal yorker to dismiss Dhawan (35), Rohit shifted gears in the company of Suresh Raina.

One change for India, Mohammed Siraj in place of Jaydev Unadkat.

Stumper Mushfiqur Rahim raged a lone battle with a 55-ball unbeaten 72, comprising eight fours and a six but that was not enough for his team as Bangladesh could only muster 159/6 in the end.

It was Rohit's 89 off 61 balls that took India to a competitive 176 for three in 20 overs and then young Washington Sundar (3/22 in 4 overs) blew away the top-order to help restrict the "Tigers" to 159 for six in 20 overs.

The last four overs saw some brilliant hammering from Rohit and Raina before the southpaw, who was three short of his 50 at that point, was caught by Sarkar off Rubel Hossain. Thakur bowled a magnificent spell of 4-27. After edging a back-of-the-hand slower delivery from Nider to third man, Rohit neared his landmark by lofting Nazmul Islam over long on for his second six.

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