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T20 World Cup: India gets closer to semi-final after nerve-wracking win over Bangladesh | Cricket News

ADELAIDE: A piece of pure brilliance on the pitch by a rejuvenated KL Rahul and divine intervention by the weather gods brought India one step closer to the World Cup T20 semi-final with a five-run lead over Bangladesh in a match with limited rain on Wednesday.
With an impressive total of 184 for 6 courtesy of Virat Kohli (64 not out of 44) and KL Rahul (50 out of 32), India thought little of what would happen to them in the form of Litton Das (60 of 27 balls).
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Bangladesh needed 151 in 16 overs according to the revised target after a brief shower of rain, but eventually made it with 145/6. India, who now have six points from four matches, will have to beat Zimbabwe in their last Super-12 match to move into a last four place.
Last time 20 discount needed, young Arshdeep Singh showed an icy temper despite Nurul Hasan hitting him a six and four as he threw some perfect yorker length deliveries to seal the draw.
Just as Bangladesh was cruising 66 for no loss in 7 overs, the heavens opened to the delight of Bangladeshi fans and their partisan media.


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After the force-break, the revised DLS method goal required Bangladesh to score 85 from 54 balls. The break did affect their momentum as Rahul set off a runout that will be part of any highlight package with the direct throw from a deep mid-wicket to get rid of Litton.
Just as it happened with Mohammed Nawaz in the Asian Cup, India’s coaching staff had no plans for Litton, who played smart before the rain.

After a quiet first over from Bhuvneshwar Kumar, the next over from Arshdeep saw the righthander resign from the wicket repeatedly, trying to nullify any offered swing.
In the next few overs he was all over Arshdeep and Bhuvneshwar turning good length deliveries into over-pitch and praising them across the infield. It was one of the best T20I 50s for Bangladesh, just in 21 balls.


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Litton played cover drives, pulls and square sixes and led the pace of deliveries, leaving Rohit Sharma clueless during the Powerplay overs that yielded 60 runs.
By the time it started to drizzle, Bangladesh was at 66 without a loss in seven overs with a 17-point lead on the DLS par score.
Once the target was reduced, Rahul’s inspiring fielding from deep found Litton short of his ground on the non-striker’s end.
Shanto (21 from 25 balls) struggled for the most part for timing before a mistimed pull-off found Shami’s bowling Suryakumar Yadav on wide long-on.

With two wickets falling in quick succession, the damp outfield due to the rain made it difficult to get a hold of the ball as Shakib Al Hasan Ravichandran launched Ashwin for a few limits.
But Arshdeep (2/38 in 4 overs) coming for his post-rain spell got the dangerous Afif Hossain caught by Surya and then skipper Shakib was caught by substitute fielder Deepak Hooda deep in the middle of the wicket to tone up the match to change.
Hardik (2/28 in 3 overs) then removed Yasir Ali and Mosaddek Hossain Saikat in one over to seal the match.
Previously, Kohli’s perpetual love affair with the Adelaide Oval continued as he propelled India to a strong total.

There were eight fours and a six in his 44-ball innings as none of the Bangladeshi bowlers had any answer to his superb stroke play.
The field was much slower compared to Perth and the Bangladesh bowling attack fell under extreme pressure in the post Powerplay overs as Rahul (50 from 31 balls) also returned to form with his first 50 of the tournament.
Kohli, heading into his third half-century of competition, had a few usable stands – 67 for second wicket with Rahul and 38 for third wicket with Suryakumar Yadav (30 from 15 balls).
Shakib Al Hasan (2/33 in 4 overs) took wickets from Rahul and Surya, but Taskin was undoubtedly the best bowler on display.
After taking a lot of criticism in the last three matches, Rahul got into his element. He played his usual ‘pick-up pull-shot’, which is a whip from the wrists behind square for a six.
With skipper Rohit sacked cheaply, Kohli eased Taskin’s initial pressure with some smooth running between the wickets.
Rahul took 20 balls to score his first 21 runs but once the Powerplay was over he suddenly upped the ante like in one over from Shoriful, hitting a short arm pull over deep mid wicket and a slash over back point for two maximums.
That ninth over from Shoriful brought in 24 runs and the pressure was completely removed from the Indian batters.
Rahul’s next 29 runs came from 10 balls before his 31-ball-50 ended when a lap shot attempt found the top edge and Mustafizur took a well-judged catch on skipper Shakib’s bowling.
Kohli, on the other hand, hit a flurry of boundaries—a few from Taskin, one from Mustafizur, and the best of the bunch—an off-station notebook that you can look at in the loop as many times as you like.
The stage was set for Suryakumar, and he responded in style with a quick cameo before Shakib’s armball broke through his defense.
However, Kohli continued to attack from one side to bring India to an above average score.

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