The clash against Bangladesh, marred by the rain, swung like a pendulum at the Adelaide Oval, with India having the audacity to take a win and collect the full 2 points on offer.
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After a revised DLS goal of 151 in 16 overs after India finished at 184 for 6 in their 20 overs, Bangladesh finished at 145 for 6.
Here’s a look at the key moments and turning points of the India-Bangladesh thriller set in Adelaide:
The Rahul-Kohli Stand – After losing the toss, put into bat, India scored 184 for 6, but didn’t have a great start. Losing skipper Rohit Sharma in the fourth over after a slow start, India found itself in a precarious position, but KL Rahul and Virat Kohli stitched a fantastic partnership of 67 runs for the second wicket to keep the team stable. Returning to form after a run of low scores, Rahul hit a classy 32-ball fifty to lay a strong foundation for a big total. Rahul and Kohli skipped to the 10th, stabilizing India’s innings and ensuring runs were also scored quickly after a slow start.
The Surya Blitz – India was 86 for 2 after 10 overs when Suryakumar Yadav arrived in the middle after KL Rahul’s resignation. Surya started toning the Bengal bowlers from the get-go, shooting 30 from just 16 balls before coming over in the 14th. Surya’s innings may not have lasted as long as he would have liked, but the pace at which he scored the runs gave India the acceleration of the medium overs they needed.
The King Kohli Show – The man of form Virat Kohli was again at his best, scoring an unbeaten 64 from 44 balls to propel India to a strong total. His partnerships with KL Rahul and Suryakumar Yadav along with his finishing touches helped India cross the 180 mark. In the process, Kohli also became the top scorer in the history of the T20 World Cup. In this edition itself, Kohli has racked up 220 runs in 4 games with an astonishing average of 220.00 and a strike rate of 144.73 so far. His attack with the lower order batters helped India to collect 44 runs in the last 4 overs, bringing India to 184.
Litton Das‘fireworks and the rain break’ – Bangladesh Opener Litton Das gave chase with all weapons and took the Indian pacers to the cleaners in the power playovers. Litton hit a 21-ball-fifty and completely surprised India and Rohit Sharma and co. had absolutely no idea what was going on as they were blown away by Das’s blazing knock. But then, as previously predicted, Adelaide got showers and the rain came to the rescue of India, halting the momentum of Das and his opening partner Najmul Hossain Shanto. At the time of the stoppage, Bangladesh was 66 for no loss in 7 overs and 17 runs ahead of the DLS par score.
KL Rahul’s direct hit to Litton Das. to fire – When play resumed after the rains break Bangladesh was chasing a revised goal of 151 in 16 overs with all their 10 wickets left and all the pressure was on Team India. At that point, they needed 85 more in 9 overs. But the second ball in the restart, KL Rahul produced a magical fielding effort, knocking out Litton Das 60. Rahul ran from the deep fence and hit the bull’s-eye at the end of the non-striker as Litton, who slipped en route to a second run, couldn’t fit in. The wicket gave India the much needed breakthrough and opened the doors for Rohit Sharma and co.
The collapse – With the Litton Das wicket, India seized the opportunity and put pressure on the Bengali batters with tight bowling. And Bangladesh completely imploded, as they lost wickets under pressure in a flurry. In the span of four overs, Bangladesh lost 5 wickets as momentum swung very quickly in India’s direction. Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh and Hardik Pandya split 5 wickets between them. From a strong position of 68 with no loss in the 8th over, Bangladesh was at 108 for 6 after 13 overs.
Arshdeep and Hardik seal the game – 43 of the last 18 balls were needed and the required speed shot up, but it was still a viable target. But the Bangladeshi batters succumbed to pressure. Arshdeep Singh and Hardik Pandya threw the last three overs with precision, ultimately giving India a five-run victory, while the Men in Blue won again.