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Another heartbreak for Tigers against India

  • Samsul Arefin Khan From Adelaide
  • 3 November, 2022 12:00 AM
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Another heartbreak for Tigers against India
Bangladesh’s Liton Das plays a shot for four runs during the ICC men’s T20 World Cup match against India at Adelaide Oval in Australia on Wednesday. —AFP PHOTO

The picturesque stadium, Adelaide Oval, produced a thriller on Wednesday where Bangladesh suffered a five-run defeat to India via the D/L method in the last ball of a nail-biting Group 2 Super 12 encounter of the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup.

Liton Das played one of the gem innings -- 60 off 27 balls -- that gave Bangladesh a flying start in the 185-run chase which was later curtailed to 151 runs in 16 overs due to rain.

Nurul Hasan Sohan (25 off 14 balls not out) and Taskin Ahmed (12 off seven not out) made desperate efforts late in the innings but it all came in the losing cause as Bangladesh suffered another heartbreak against India in a World Cup match being restricted to 145-6 in their stipulated 16 overs.

The defeat against India also made Bangladesh’s chances to reach the semifinals difficult as they now need to beat Pakistan in their last match and also need the other match results and net run rate to come in their favour.

Liton orchestrated his innings with seven fours and three sixes and reached his fifty off 21 balls to give Bangladesh a quick 68-run start with Najmul Hossain Shanto after India made 184-6 in their 20 overs with both Lokesh Rahul (50 off 32 balls) and Virat Kohli (64 off 44 balls not out) hitting fifties.

Rain interrupted the game when Bangladesh were 66-0 after the end of their seventh over and the Tigers were 17 runs ahead of India at that time in the D/L method.

However, when the match restarted again after a 51-minute break, Bangladesh were given a revised target and they needed to score 85 runs off nine overs with all 10 wickets in hands.

Bangladesh lost Liton in the second ball through run-out after the restart of the match while Najmul followed his partner a few balls later as he was dismissed by Mohammad Shami after making 21off 25 balls.

Shakib Al Hasan (13 off 12 balls) played some exciting shots but was unable to carry these forward as he got dismissed by Arshdeep Singh (2-38), who removed Afif Hossain (three) earlier in the same over.

Hardik Pandya (2-28) then inflicted double blow on Bangladesh as he removed Yasir Ali (one) and Mosaddek Hossain (six) in the same over but Taskin and Nurul took the game to the last over with the Tigers needing 20 runs.

Nurul struck Arshdeep for 12 runs (with a four and a six) in the first five deliveries leaving seven runs required in the final ball. Nurul needed to hit a six in the final delivery to take the match of Super Over.

However, the Indian pacer kept his cool and bowled a full delivery outside off and denied Nurul to become a hero for Bangladesh on the day.

Earlier, in-form pacer Taskin Ahmed troubled the Indian openers in the early overs after they sent India to bat first in an overcast condition.

Bangladesh went into the match with one change as they brought in one extra pacer in Shoriful Islam at the expense of opener Soumya Sarkar. India also made one change from their South Africa match defeat as they included Axar Patel in place of Deepak Hooda.

Taskin could have got the priced wicket of Rohit Sharma in the third over but another pacer Hasan Mahmud dropped a sitter at the deep backward region when the batsman was on one.

However, Hasan (3-47) made a quick amendment in the next over as he removed the Indian skipper (two) after Yasir Ali took a good catch at gully. The pacer later dismissed Hardik (five) and Axar (seven) in the match.

Taskin, the leading wicket-taker for Bangladesh in the ongoing tournament, completed his four overs in one brilliant spell where he conceded 15 runs and bowled a total of 16 dot balls.

India were 52-1 after eight overs and they got the momentum in their innings when Lokesh Rahul and Virat Kohli smashed Shoriful for 24 runs in the ninth over.

Rahul, who was struggling with his form in this World Cup, completed his fifty in the next over but Shakib removed him immediately after his 21st T20I fifty.

Suryakumar Yadav made an impact immediately after coming into the crease as he smashed 30 off 16 balls before Shakib (2-33) got rid of the batsman in his final over.

However, Kohli was firm on one side and he kept India’s run flow going up by smashing Bangladeshi bowlers all around the ground despite the fall of few wickets from the other end.

Kohli reached his fifty from 37 balls – his third fifty in four matches in this World Cup – and scored 14 runs off the next seven balls he faced while Ravichandran Ashwin made unbeaten 13 off six balls that helped his side post a massive total on board.

Bangladesh will now face Pakistan in their last Super 12 match at the same venue on November 6.

Players of India celebrate their victory against Bangladesh during the ICC men’s T20 World Cup match at Adelaide Oval in Australia on Wednesday.     – AFP PHOTO