Rohit roared back to form with a blazing knock as India were able to put up a fighting total. After a prolonged bad patch starting from the tour of South Africa, the stand-in captain was in his element, starting cautiously before finishing with a flourish as he hit five fours and an equal number of sixes off only 61 balls. With another senior pro Suresh Raina 47 off 30 balls for company, Rohit added 102 runs for the second wicket in only 9.2 overs.
While Rohit upped the ante in the end, Raina once again played a significant role, hitting five boundaries and two sixes. He started with a couple of boundaries off Miraz -- his signature slog sweep towards the deep mid-wicket region followed by a lofted shot over long-off. He also hit Mahmudullah over mid-wicket for a boundary while an attempted inside-out lofted shot was edged towards third-man for a boundary. Raina missed out on a half-century as another attempted flick over deep mid-wicket off Rubel was taken by Soumya Sarkar.
Bangladesh's inconsistency once again proved to be their bane as they found a target of 177 too hot to handle, having chased 215 in their previous encounter. Liton Das danced down the track as Washington fired a widish delivery, which he completely missed for Dinesh Karthik to complete an easy stumping. Soumya Sarkar (1) tried a slog over deep mid-wicket and missed the line completely as Washington angled one into him.
The ever dangerous Tamim Iqbal 27 off 19 balls started on a promising note, hitting three boundaries and a six off a Shardul Thakur over. Teenager Washington's flatter trajectory paid him rich dividends as Iqbal was bowled trying to scoop another angular delivery over short fine leg. The left-hander failed to get elevation as it clipped the leg-bail.
Motivated by Rohit Sharma's 89-run knock, off-spinner Washington Sundar claimed three wickets as India outclassed Bangladesh by 17 runs to cruise to the final of the Nidahas Trophy T20I tri-series in Colombo on Wednesday. Rohit returned to form to propel India to a competitive 176 for three in 20 overs and then young Sundar (3/22) blew away the top-order to help restrict the 'Tigers' to 159 for six in 20 overs.