India scraped to a one-run win against a tenacious Bangladesh in Bangalore in a thrilling match, played at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore. With this win, India has kept their hopes of World Twenty20 glory alive
India was restricted to 146 for seven after being sent in to bat, courtesy to some spirited Bangladesh bowling. Bangladesh also came tantalizingly close to chasing total, but poor shots and three critical dismissals at the end eventually saw the home side scramble home by the slimmest of the possible margins.
The match reminded us to the Nine years ago, 2007 50-over World Cup match played in West Indies, when Masrafe Mortaza’s four-wicket haul enabled Bangladesh to contain India to less than 200, and then they finally managing to cause the biggest upset for India in the decade time, triggering then the voices of retirement of the senior players including the master blaster Sachin, Ganguly, Dravid, Sehwag, etc. That defeat had then put Bangladesh in the second stage.
Even in this match India were poor on the field. Jasprit Bumrah, Ashish Nehra, R Ashwin and skipper MS Dhoni dropped catches, some of them difficult but needed to be taken if India were to somehow escape with victory. Bangladesh finally needing 11 runs off the final over, which Hardik Pandya was asked to bowl. Mushfiqur Rahim hit two successive fours leaving just two runs to get off the last three deliveries. Thus Bangladesh needed two runs to force a tie, both Mushfiqur and Mahmudullah lofted catches off the next two deliveries to deep midwicket, where Shikhar Dhawan and Ravindra Jadeja made no mistake and then at the last ball Pandya bowled wide to beat Shuvagata Hom and Mustafizur Rahman was run out by Dhoni going for the bye that would have tied the game and forced the Super Over. Twitter reacts to the success of Hardik Pandya’s last over as the identification of The new Joginder Sharma.
The win keeps India on course, and a victory over Australia in the final league game on March 27 will see them through to the semifinals behind leaders New Zealand. However, their poor net run rate will leave India in a tricky situation if Pakistan defeats Australia.
Few weeks before, in the Asia Cup final, Dhoni had blasted 20 off the penultimate over to all but seal India's win. India's captain was not as explosive with the bat here, but his 13 crucial runs, smart stumping and cool run-out with one glove on, made the difference between the two teams.
With India’s dreams of winning the World Twenty20 at home remained alive after a heart-stopping one-run victory gave them a second victory in the Super 10 Group 2. The night will be remembered in Bangalore for a very, very long time.