After an action-packed a couple of weeks, the day finally arrived which witnessed the finals of the Nidahas Trophy 2018. It was Bangladesh, who against all odds, managed to reach the finals of the tri-nation tournament to face their arch-rivals India.

The toss went Rohit Sharma’s way as he decided to chase on a pitch looking like a batsmen’s paradise. Bangladesh started off playing fearless cricket and lost three crucial wickets up front without adding many,

Yet again, it was the spinners who did the trick during the powerplay overs and kept picking up wickets at regular intervals without conceding many.

Washington Sundar was at his miserly best for the nth time in the tournament as he conceded only 20 in his quota of four overs and picked up the wicket of Liton Das.

Washington Sundar
Indian cricketer Washington Sundar. Photo credit should read ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

Yuzvendra Chahal did all the wicket-taking as he ended up with three wickets in his tally. Chahal conceded only 18 in his four-over spell.

Bangladesh, in the hindsight, would be looking at the eight overs from the spinners which put the brakes on their efforts in the all-important finals.

The eight overs went for only 4.5 rpo and also, Bangladesh conceded four wickets to the spinners during the phase. Things were looking bleak for the Tigers after losing their talismanic batsman, Mushfiqur Rahim, with the score at 68.

Bangladesh’s Sabbir Rahman plays a shot against India. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Sabbir Rahman orchestrated the Bangladeshi revival with his priceless knock of 77 off 50 balls, containing seven boundaries and four sixes.

With wickets falling at the other end, Sabbir took his side towards a total of 166. That said, the seamers in the Indian side had a field day at the office as the likes of Vijay Shankar, Jaydev Unadkat and Shardul Thakur went for plenty.

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