Viewers in Bangalore witnessed undoubtedly the most thrilling T20I ever as India toppled Bangladesh by 1 run to keep their hopes alive for the semifinals. It was a game which seemed to have been like an absolute fairy tale for the men in blue. With just 2 needed off 3 deliveries, Hardik Pandya held his nerve to ensure that India won the game by just a run. For Bangladesh, it was definitely a case of so near, yet so far.
India were put into bat, and the start was a slow one for the hosts. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan got off to sedate starts but failed to convert as wickets kept on tumbling. The pitch was not an easy one for batting and it needed a special effort from Suresh Raina to ensure that India got to a defendable total of 146-7.
The second wicket stand between Tamim Iqbal and Shabbir Rahman was taking the game away from the hosts and it needed the combo of Jadeja – Dhoni to stump Iqbal. The Indians, however, were guilty of sloppy catching as two catches were put down – one by Bumrah and the other by R. Ashwin. However, the duo redeemed themselves as Ashwin bowled an absolute beauty to get rid of the dangerous Shakib Al Hasan. Bumrah too bowled brilliantly in his final spell to keep the run rate in check.
With 11 needed off 6, the equation came down to 2 off 3 as two consecutive boundaries were hit by Mushfiqur Rahim. The next ball, he was caught at deep midwicket and that indeed was a poor move to go for the glory shot. Mahmudullah on the very next ball was caught in the same position superbly by Jadeja. On the last ball, MS Dhoni kept his cool and ran Mustafizur Rahman out as he tried to steal a bye.
Below, are the statistical highlights of the breathtaking game.
2nd. This was India’s 2nd win by just one run in T20I’s.
0. Mashrafe Mortaza did not concede a single boundary in his spell of four overs.
4. This was the fourth occasion in international cricket when Mustafizur Rahman dismissed Rohit Sharma.
13.87. India’s average opening partnership in the last 8 T20I’s has been a mere 13.87. This needs to improve if the men in blue are to achieve further glory.
8-4-42. The spin duo of Ashwin and Jadeja won the game for India as in their 8 overs, they gave away just 42 runs and took 4 crucial wickets to dent Bangladesh.