INDIA BEAT BANGLADESH – WC T20

March 24th, 2016 by Ravi Matah | Posted in News, Sports   No Comments »
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India have snatched victory from the jaws of defeat when they defeated Bangaladesh by one run in the WC T20 match at Bangalore. Until the last over, Bangla Desh had the match well and truly in their control but they lost their nerves in in the last 3 balls of their innings. Needing just 11 runs in the last over to win the match but lost 3 quick wickets in the process. They needed just two runs of the last three balls when all hell broke loose and they could not score one run. Hritik Pandya was the bowler of that fruitful over.

Bangladesh could not score freely in the opening overs of the power play. Ravi Chandran Ashwin was in charge and had Mithun caught at deep mid-wicket in the third over. Mithun had scored only 1 run in 3 balls. In the eight over Tamim tried to attack Jadeja but slowly piled up 26 runs when he standing in the crease attempted a drive and missed it and then jumped in the air momentarily to regain his balance and Dhoni completed the stumping.

Shakib Al Hasan inspired some confidence from the Bangladesh point of view with some lusty blows for six. He kept the scoreboard ticking, but India see-sawed back into the contest when he was dismissed by Ashwin for a 15-ball 22 in the 13th over.

Ravindra Jadeja removed Mashrafe Mortaza, who had promoted himself in a bid to up the scoring rate. Mortaza managed to only score one six in the five balls he faced.

Thereafter Soumya Sarkar and Mahmadullah tried to steady the ship with some calm batting, but they were unable to keep the scoreboard ticking and the pressure mounted on Bangladesh. Sarkar particularly struggled against the spin of Ashwin. Mahmadullah has been in great form but even he was bogged down by some tight bowling.

Bumrah covered the trail of his earlier mistakes and in the 17th over he sent down almost six perfect yorkers together.

In the final three overs, Bangladesh required 27 off three overs. Nehra bowled the next over and started with a nice yorker, but the next ball was a poor short ball and was put away by Sarkar with a cracking pull shot to deep square leg.

Nehra then got a wicket off a full toss when Sarkar failed to get hold of it and was caught at long on for a run-a-ball 21. At that stage Bangladesh were left requiring 21 off 13 balls. Nehra followed it up with another full toss, and this time Mahmadullah put it away for four, meaning Bangladesh required 17 off the final two overs.

Bumrah bowled the penultimate over and under pressure bowled it superbly. He conceded just six runs of the six balls, a single of each ball.

Bangladesh then needed 11 off the final over, which was to be bowled by Hardik Pandya. He conceded just one run of the first ball. He conceded a boundary on the next ball taking the equation to six off four balls. Mushfiqur then scored another boundary with a paddle, bringing the equation to two of three balls. But then Musfiqur got caught at midwicket. The next ball, Mahmadullah got a full toss but failed to get the best of the bat on it, and was caught at the midwicket again. Leaving Bangladesh needing two off one ball. It was a wide ball outside off which the batsman missed and attempted to run a bye, Dhoni ran towards the stump to dislodge the stumps and he was declared Run Out by the third umpire to whom the case was referred.

Dhoni stumping

India earlier scored a middling 146 for 7 against Bangladesh. The pitch may not have been particularly conducive to shot-making, but credit has to go to the Bangladeshi bowlers for very smart bowling right through the innings.

The openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan were struggling on this surface. They were unable to get the boundaries in the power play period, even though they are typically players who play their shots fearlessly. The first five overs brought them less than 30 runs. Mortaza experimented with a whole range of bowlers in that period, including himself, Shuvagata Hom, Al Amin Hossain, Mustafizur and Shakib.

Mustafizur erred on his line in the sixth over and got smashed for a couple of sixes, one from each batsman. But being the crafty bowler he is, he came back with a cutter that foxed Rohit in that very over, to have him caught at midwicket. Dhawan fell soon after to Shakib, falling leg before.

Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina, then played a steady partnership by their usual game. Raina seemed to be struggling, but made up for it with a couple of sixes which injected some life in the dull Indian innings.

Kohli, who has been in spectacular form, also struggled for timing. He managed to score a run-a-ball 24 at time of his dismissal. Raina fell soon after for a mere a 23-ball 30, miscuing a pull shot of Al Amin-Hossain’s bowling.

Hardik Pandya came in with a bang, smashing a six and hit a couple of fours. He scored a 7-ball 15.

Yuvraj Singh failed to come to terms with the nature of the surface and scored just three runs off six balls before miscuing a pull shot of Mahmadullah to fine leg. In the final two overs, MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja capitalised on some loose bowling by Al-Amin Hossain to score a few boundaries and give India some late impetus.

Mustafizur bowled the final over. He got Jadeja castled off the very first delivery. He next had to bowl to Ravichandran Ashwin and goofed up by bowling one down leg, which Ashwin tickled down to the fine leg boundary. He then rotated strike to give Dhoni the opportunity to finish well. But Dhoni was unable to make most of it, scoring just four of the final three balls.

India now stand at the second place in their group, They still have to beat Australia to qualify to be in the Semi Finals.

Ravi Chandran Ashvin was declared the Man of the Match.

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