The fifth T20I between India and Bangladesh saw the men in blue emerge victorious in a high octane thriller. The men in blue won the match by a margin of 17 runs to seal a spot in the Nidahas Trophy.
It was the Indian captain who was woefully out of form prior to the start of the innings who delivered the goods with the bat. Sharma scored a fluent 86 off just 61 deliveries glazed with five boundaries and maximums.
Raina at the other scored a flamboyant 47 off 30 deliveries containing five boundaries and a couple of maximums. The added a match-winning partnership of 102 runs off just 56 deliveries.
Chasing a score of 177, Bangladesh had no answer to the spell from Washington Sundar who clinched 3 wickets and conceded only 22 in his four overs. After a minor scare from Mushfiqur Rahim, Indians held their nerves as the Bangladeshis left themselves too much to do at the end.
Rohit Sharma was awarded as the man of the match, while Washington Sundar received the emerging player award. “It was important for me to step up. Like I said at the toss I tried to take my time with the bat at the start. I felt we were 10-15 runs short with that bat at the middle stage,” suggested Rohit Sharma during the presentation.
Suresh Raina, on his comeback trail, continued to play with his shot-a-ball attitude. “Raina has been timing the ball brilliantly and that is great to see. He is never afraid of flighting the ball, sets his own field and it says a lot about an individual,” commented Rohit on Raina.