In the 35th game of the T20 World Cup, India beat Bangladesh by 5 points to record a thrilling victory. Playing first, the Indian team scored 184/6 in 20 overs, in response the Bangladesh team could only score 145/6 in 16 stipulated overs and lost the match. Let us tell you that rain intervened during the Bangladesh innings in the game due to which the target was reduced to 151 under the Duckworth-Lewis rule. Virat Kohli was voted Player of the Match for his brilliant innings.
Battling first after losing the draw, India got off to a bad start and captain Rohit Sharma fell victim to Hasan Mahmood after scoring 2 runs in the fourth. From there, KL Rahul led the sets with Virat Kohli and played some great shots. The duo shared a half-century partnership to take the score to 78. Rahul hit a half-century and scored 50 runs on 32 balls hitting three fours and four sixes. Suryakumar Yadav came on and tried to score quickly and returned to the clubhouse after scoring 30 runs on 16 balls. Some wickets fell early from here. Hardik Pandya and Dinesh Karthik were dismissed for 5 and 7 respectively. Meanwhile, Axar Patel could also only contribute 7 points. Amidst it all, Virat Kohli struck boldly and scored his third half-century in the current World Cup. Virat scored an undefeated 64 on 44 balls and hit eight fours and a six in his innings. Ashwin also played an undefeated 13 not knocked out. Hasan Mahmood took the three highest wickets for Bangladesh.
Chasing the target, Bangladesh started very well. Liton Das, who came on the opener, hit quick and took the team past fifty on the power play and also completed his own half-century on 21 balls. Bangladesh had gone 66 unbeaten in seven sets, but the rain came and the game was affected for a while. When the match restarted, Bangladesh secured the goal of 151 in 16 overs.
The rhythm of Bangladesh ruined by the rain
After the rain, Liton was exhausted on the very second ball with KL Rahul’s best direct hit and returned to the clubhouse after scoring 60 runs on 27 balls with the help of seven fours and three sixes. Najmul also continued after scoring 21 points. From there, Bangladesh’s innings faltered and a few wickets fell early in an effort to score runs quickly. Afif Hossain and Shakib Al Hasan were executed in the same by Arshdeep Singh on personal scores of 3 and 13 respectively. Bangladesh received the fifth blow in the form of Yasir Ali and he was fired for 102 after scoring 1 point. Bangladesh needed 31 points in the last 12 serves. Against Hardik Pandya, who came on to play the 15th innings, the Bangladeshi batsmen scored a total of 11 runs, hitting a four and a six. 20 runs were needed in the final over but the team could only manage 14 runs and lost the game. Arshdeep Singh and Hardik Pandya took two wickets each for India.