NEW DELHI: India defeated Bangladesh by 5 points (DLS) in an exciting race in Adelaide to take the lead in Group 2. With the win, Rohit Sharma and his teammates. now they have almost secured a place in the 2022 semi-finals T20 World Cup with 6 points in 4 games. The last game of the group to come is against the Zimbabwe minnows on Sunday.
The rain-marked clash against Bangladesh swung like a pendulum at the Adelaide Oval with India holding their nerve to register a win and collect all 2 points offered.
Chasing a revised DLS goal of 151 out of 16 overs after India finished 184 out of 6 in its 20 overs, Bangladesh finished at 145 out of 6.
Here’s a look at the key moments and turning points of the India-Bangladesh thriller in Adelaide:
The Rahul-Kohli stand – Batting after losing the draw, India scored 184 out of 6 points but did not have a great start. Losing skipper Rohit Sharma to fourth place after a quiet start, India was in a precarious position but KL Rahul and Virat Kohli have created a superb 67-run partnership for the second wicket to stabilize the team. Back in shape after a string of low scores, Rahul hit a nifty 32 and fifty balls to lay solid foundations for a grand total. Rahul along with Kohli batted up to 10th, stabilizing India’s inning and ensuring points were also scored quickly after a slow start.


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The lightning of Surya – India was 86-2 after 10 overs when Suryakumar Yadav came in the middle after KL Rahul’s expulsion. Surya started hitting Bangladeshi bowlers right from the start and blew 30 balls out of just 16 before coming out in 14th place. Surya’s innings may not have lasted as long as he would have liked, but the pace at which he scored points gave India the acceleration they needed.


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King Kohli’s show – Fit man Virat Kohli was once again at his best, scoring 64 unbeaten out of 44 balls to bring India to a strong total. His collaborations with KL Rahul and Suryakumar Yadav along with his finishing touches helped India pass 180. In the process, Kohli also became the top scorer in T20 World Cup history. In this same edition, Kohli has scored 220 points in 4 games with a staggering average of 220.00 and a strike rate of 144.73 so far. His onslaught with lower-order hitters helped India pick up 44 runs in the last 4 overs, bringing India to 184.


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Litton Das‘fireworks and the rain break – The Bangladesh Opener Litton Das came out with all guns on in the chase and took Indian pacers for cleaning in powerplay overs. Destroying about fifty 21 balls, Litton took India completely by surprise and Rohit Sharma and his companions. they had absolutely no idea what was going on as they were swept away by Das’s fiery blow. But then, as previously predicted, Adelaide received downpours and rain came to India’s rescue, blocking the momentum of Das and his opening partner Najmul Hossain Shanto. At the time of the hiatus, Bangladesh were 66 lossless in 7 overs and 17 runs ahead of the DLS partial score.


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Direct hit by KL Rahul to fire Litton Das – When play resumed after the rain break, Bangladesh were chasing a revised goal of 151 in 16 overs with all of their 10 wickets remaining and all the pressure was high India team. At that point, another 85 were needed in 9 overs. But on the second ball of the second half, KL Rahul produced a magical field shot, running out of Litton Das by 60. Entering through the deep fence, Rahul hit the bull’s eye on the non-attacker’s side while Litton, who slipped in his way. for a second run, it’s not up to its fold. The wicket gave India the desperately needed breakthrough and opened the doors for Rohit Sharma and co.


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The collapse – With Litton Das wicket, India seized the opportunity and put pressure on Bangladeshi batters with some tight bowling alleys. And Bangladesh has completely imploded, losing wickets in a burst under pressure. In a span of four overs, Bangladesh lost 5 wickets as the momentum completely changed India’s way in a hurry. Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh and Hardik Pandya shared 5 wickets between them. From a strong 68 position with no losses in the 8th over, Bangladesh found themselves teetering to 108 for 6 after 13 over.


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Arshdeep and Hardik seal the game – 43 needed the last 18 balls and the required speed was increasing, but it was still an achievable target. But the Bangladeshi hitters have caved under pressure. Arshdeep Singh and Hardik Pandya threw the final three overs with precision, giving India a win for five runs at the end, while the Men in Blue returned to winning ways.


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