Nidahas Trophy Final: Upbeat India braces for resilient Bangladesh


It came at a stake of a few fines and a demerit points that are set to come out soon.

Stay updated on the go with Sify Live Scores App. Karthik reckoned it'd be tricky, despite the fact that they were playing a second-string side, while also talking up Bangladesh's abilities in the shorter format. The championship showdown will live stream from Sri Lanka, as the Tigers hope to change their fortunes against their regional rivals after India took the victory in all previous T20 Internationals between the two subcontinental neighbors.

Sri Lanka skipper Thisara Perera was disappointed to not able to defend 160, which he felt as a reasonable target.

Left-arm bowler Mustafizur Rahman (l) of Bangladesh celebrates one of his two wickets against Sri Lanka on Friday.

However, Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim stabilised the innings with a 64-run partnership before Rahim was dismissed by Amila Aponso for 28. In a tense encounter, in which they beat Sri Lanka last night, with Mahmudullah Riyadh rising to the occasion with a last ball six, will give the "Tigers" huge confidence.

There were further on-field clashes after Mahmudullah sealed a two-wicket win by hitting the penultimate ball for six, with reserve player Nurul sanctioned for arguing and pointing a finger at Sri Lanka captain Thisara Perera. His eight ball knock included two fours and three sixes and he was adjudged Man of the Match. As it happened India were in control as they reached 132/4 after 17 overs in pursuit of Bangladesh's 166/8, but Mustafizur Rahman had a different plan as he bowled a terrific wicket-maiden 18th over, conceding just a leg bye to the under-pressure rookie Vijay Shankar and dismissing Manish Pandey off the last ball.

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A jubilant Bangladesh team showcased an act of disrespect when the players came together to perform the Naagin dance to express their satisfaction.

Shakib batted 7 last game as by his own admission he hadn't had too many hits before the game, but he should ideally bat slightly up the order in the final, possibly at 5 and give himself that extra bit of time in the middle. We kept our nerves in the end. I don't know much about the wicket, but if the dew settles it's much easier for the team that bats second.

Bangladesh's best chance lies in keeping the inexperienced Indian bowling under pressure with their power-packed batting that they managed to do last week against Sri Lanka.

"When Shakib got out, I was under pressure".

Shakib then seemed to call his side back, which would have seen Bangladesh get disqualified. "Emotions take over, I need to be careful as a leader of a team, I will be careful next time".

"We always have healthy competition in the ground, but outside, we are friends".