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Nidahas Trophy 2018 Final: Bangladesh vs India, 5 talking points

rohit sankar
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Fiesty Karthik took the game away from Bangladesh

Dinesh Karthik stole the thunder with a stunning last-ball six in an exhilarating, edge of the seat thriller at Colombo in the Nidahas Trophy final. Spurred on by a superb show from the spinners - Washington Sundar and Yuzvendra Chahal - India restricted Bangladesh to 166, which could have been much lesser had Sabbir Rahman not stood up and fought with vengeance.

India started off with a blast as Rohit Sharma found his groove early on. He dug into the clueless Bangladesh bowlers and raced into the 30s in no time. Before the bowlers had a breather, Rahul joined him and the duo run havoc to tilt the game fully India's way.

But Rohit departed and a slew of good overs had India staring down the barrel before Karthik came to the rescue with a mind-blowing knock under immense pressure.

#5 Washington Sundar excels again

Sundar was again economical in the powerplay
Sundar was again economical in the powerplay

Washington Sundar seems to be India's new go-to bowler. The 18-year-old off-spinner has been brilliant in the powerplays and continued to excel yet again in the all-important final. He nearly had Tamim Iqbal LBW off the first over he bowled before getting rid of Liton Das caught next over. Sundar ended with figures of 1 for 20 in the match.

The first two overs of him went for a meagre five runs as Bangladesh appeared choked by his relentless, miserly bowling. In 120 balls bowled this series, Sundar has conceded just 114 runs at an economy rate of 5.7. The spectacular youngster has been a revelation this series and should be India's designated new ball bowler in this format of the game.

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