On Wednesday evening, India have notched up a thrilling win against Bangladesh to keep their semifinal hope alive. The outcome of the match came against the run of the game as Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza showed his shrewd cricket brain and his bowlers and fielders always kept Indian batsmen under pressure but Mahmudullah and Mushfiqur Rahim’s mistakes spoiled their hope.
India after losing the toss was asked to bat first, the ball was gripping at the pitch, so batsmen were finding difficult to play big shots, however, Suresh Raina did some hard work and scored 30 off 23 balls while Virat Kohli chip in with a 24 run small but important contribution. Fall of wicket in regular interval disrupted India’s motif to score a big total. Bangladesh player Soumya Sarkar took a stunner to halt Hardik Pandya.
India finally scored 146 runs losing seven wickets.
Bangladesh commencing the chase lost Mohammad Mithun’s wicket as the opener tried to sail Ravichandran Ashwin’s delivery over the long on rope, but Hardik Pandya grabbed a stunning catch. However, Tamim Iqbal scorched five boundaries to accelerate the innings and when he was stumped out by MS Dhoni off Ravindra Jadeja Bangladesh were 55 for 2. Middle order batsmen Sabbir Rahman and Shakib Al Hasan started the chase on a positive note as they went on to score 26 and 22 respectively. Raina and Ashwin’s two back to back strike put Bangladesh under pressure. India didn’t lose their hope while Bangladesh slowly started to crumble as 55,000 strong spectators vociferously chanted for India.
But, Bangladesh fought well and almost went at the brink of winning the match as they need to score 11 runs from the final over. The Indian captain has thrown the ball to young boy Hardik Pandya who conceded 9 runs from the first three balls, but he in the next three balls took two wickets while MS Dhoni running out Mustafiziru Rahman to script a victory from the jaws of defeat.
Pandya in his third ball got the wicket of Mushfiqur Rahim who tried to clear the long-on rope but caught by Shikhar Dhawan, in the fifth ball, Mahmudullah made the same mistake as Rahim did as he instead of taking a single tried to play lofted shot that was brilliantly caught by Ravindra Jadeja that ditched Bangladesh’s aim for first World T20 match victory against India and in World T20 2016 in “Super 10 “ round.
If Jadeja missed that stunner India’s hope for semifinal berth could have been spoiled.