India clinched a thriller to defeat Bangladesh by 1 run in their World T20 match at Bengaluru on Wednesday.
Here’s a look at the five key moments that turned the match in Team India’s favour.
India’s opening partnership
After a string of poor partnerships, the openers finally managed to get India off to a flying start, putting on 42 runs in the first six overs. Both Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma hammered a six each against Mustafizur Rahman before Sharma holed out on the last ball of his first over. But it was enough of a platform for others to take off.
India’s batting in the slog overs
Sending Hardik Pandya up the order another masterstroke by Captain Cool Dhoni. India were 84/2 at the end of the 13 overs and it seemed that the batsmen will find it extremely difficult to take their score anywhere around 150. But the last 7 overs yielded 62 runs for Team India and they were able to post a respectable total of 146 for the loss of 7 wickets. Pandya started the destruction with two huge sixes and the rest of the work was done by skipper MS Dhoni (13 off 12 balls) and Ravichandran Ashwin (12 runs off 8 balls).
Tamim Iqbal’s wicket
Tamim Iqbal has been one of the most consistent batsmen for Bangladesh at the World Twenty20 and this match was no different. He started his innings on a positive note and raced to 35 runs off 31 balls to provide his team with a brilliant foundation for the run chase. But in the 8th over, Ravindra Jadeja was able to draw him out with a flighted delivery and MS Dhoni completed a good stumping to get rid of Bangladesh’s in-form batsman.
6 runs from the penultimate over of the game
Jasprit Bumrah has proven himself to be a good death-over bowler in the recent past and he again showed his capability when he bowled the penultimate over of the game. The young fast bowler did not give any room to the batsmen and his tidy bowling was able to put extra pressure on the Bangladesh batsmen ahead of the last over.
Hardik Pandya’s last over
The match went down to the wire and Bangladesh needed 11 runs to win from the last over. None of the specialist bowlers had any over left and MS Dhoni decided to trust Hardik Pandya with the ball. The youngster kept his cool after being hit for two boundaries and scripted a brilliant comeback by dismissing Musfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah in consecutive deliveries. The final delivery of the over was a short ball outside off and the Bangladeshi batsman Shuvagata Hom could not reach it. But, the batsmen still tried to sneak a single and MS Dhoni completed a lightning quick run out to clinch a thrilling victory for Team India.