The last time India and Bangladesh faced each other in the T20 World Cup, it was once again Dhoni’s composure and incredible presence of mind that helped the Men in Blue snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, beating the Bangla Tigers by 1 run in a thriller of a 2016 Bengaluru match.
With India poised to take on Bangladesh in the ongoing T20 World Cup clash in Adelaide on Wednesday, the thrilling 2016 T20 World Cup clash between the two countries is, of course, part of every India-Bangladesh conversation right now. .
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SEE HOW DHONIA INDIA WON THE MATCH VS BANGLADESH IN THE 2016 T20 WORLD CUP HERE:
MS Dhoni breaks the hearts of Bangladesh
Jasprit Bumrah gave up 6 runs in the penultimate over, meaning Bangladesh needed 11 runs to win in the last over.
The tension was evident on the faces of the Indian players, but a cold-blooded Dhoni threw the ball over to Hardik Pandya for the latter. Four players (Dhoni, Pandya, Ashish Nehra and Rohit Sharma) talked for a while and then Dhoni gave Pandya a firm pat on the back and asked him to go for it. It was up to Pandya to prevent the Bangladesh batters from getting the required 11 runs, while the dangerous Mahmadullah and Mushfiqur Rahim went on strike, in front of a roaring Bengal crowd.
Ball 1: Mahmudullah sent Pandya in the direction of sweeper cover and took 1 run, making the comparison 9 out of 5 balls.
Balls 2 & 3: Mushfiqur Rahim then punched Pandya for back-to-back boundaries, first to extra cover and then fine leg, to command Bangladesh. Bangladesh now needed two runs in three balls. 1 run to tie the match.
Dhoni immediately rushed to Pandya and had a serious conversation with the all-rounder. And Pandya did not disappoint the skipper this time.
Balls 4 & 5: Pandya removed Mushfiqur (11) and Mahmudullah (18) in quick succession, reducing the equation to 2 needed from 1.
Dhoni had another mini-meeting with Pandya. This time, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh and Nehra also joined the discussion. Nehra was seen doing most of the talking.
Dhoni walked back, looked around and motioned for Pandya to bowl out. Dhoni took off his right glove and was ready for the final hunt. Shuvagata Hom gave the pitch thrown wide outside the stump an almighty swell, but was unable to connect.
An alert Dhoni picked up the ball with his gloveless right hand, but did not throw. As the Bangladesh batters raced to collect a bye that would have evened the game, the extremely fit MSD sprinted to the stumps and knocked the stirrups off. Mustafizur Rahman, running to the end of the battle, was eliminated thanks to Dhoni’s presence of mind and brilliance on the field. He had helped India snatch a 1 run win from the jaws of defeat.
India won the exciting match by 1 run.
Overall, India has won ten T20I matches out of eleven contested against Bangladesh, including the first eight between June 6, 2009 and March 18, 2018.
India has won all three of their T20 World Cup matches against Bangladesh so far – by 25 runs in Nottingham on 6 June 2009; by 8 wickets in Mirpur on March 28, 2014 and with 1 run in Bengaluru on March 23, 2016.