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» » » Nidahas Trophy: Washington Sundar's magical spell changed the game, says Rohit Sharma



Rohit Sharma was all praise for young off-spinner Washington Sundar, whose economical spell earned India a well fought 17-run victory over Bangladesh in the 5th T20I of the Nidahas Trophy at the R.Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
Sundar returned with figures of 3/22 from his four overs and kept the Bangladesh batsmen at bay when they were looking to accelerate and take the game to India. He has been one of India's most consistent performers in the series and the captain was all praise for the 18-year-old.
"Washington started brilliantly with the ball and his magical spell changed the game for us. The entire bowling unit too stuck to their plans and pulled it off for us," said Rohit.
"He is never afraid of flighting the ball, sets his own field and it says a lot about an individual. It allows me also to breathe easy and set the field accordingly," he added.



However, it was his knock that powered India to a challenging total on a slow wicket at the R.Premadasa. Rohit took his time before unleashing on the bowlers and finally perishing on the last ball of the Indian innings for a 61-ball 89.
Speaking about his knock, he said: "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 and then play my shots later on."
"The wicket wasn't the usual wicket we've been playing on for the last week. It was gripping and was slow and hence difficult to play on the up and that is why I wanted to take my time," added the Mumbaikar.
Rohit was also all praise for Suresh Raina, who played an important knock to support his captain on this challenging wicket. Raina played a patient knock before trying to up the ante in the later stages of the match. The Uttar Pradesh batter finished with 47 off 30 balls, hitting five fours and two sixes.
"The partnership between Raina and me was key; he has been timing the ball brilliantly and that is great to see. Hope he can do it for us in the finals as well," said the 30-year-old.
The elegant right-hander also spoke highly of Mohammed Siraj, who again conceded 50 from his four overs. The Hyderabadi was smashed all around the park but was trusted to bowl the last over. Talking about what he said to the 24-year-old, he said: "I just told Siraj to keep it simple (in the last over) and we knew that that was the way to contain them. They needed 28 runs and we knew that would happen only if they hit big. I asked him to bowl that back of a length ball because we found it tough to hit.
From whatever I have seen of him he can do very well. He is a great talent, has all the capabilities of doing what a fast bowler has to do. He's coming back off a break and that's never easy. It wasn't a good game for him, but he has a lot of talent to come back hard."
India will now play the final against the winner of the match between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh on Sunday.

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