ADELAIDE: Breathless on the Oval! India practically slipped on the proverbial banana peel earlier than a fortuitous rain break labored of their favour on Wednesday night time as they pulled off a 5-run win (by D/L methodology) over Bangladesh. As their bowlers pulled issues again in dramatic trend in a curtailed 16-over recreation, Bangladesh‘s outdated bugbear, stress, undid opening batter Litton Das‘ extraordinary effort.
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It is not straightforward to overshadow Virat Kohli, KL Rahul and Suryakumar Yadav all in someday, however that is precisely what Litton (60 off 27 balls; 7×4, 3×6) practically managed to drag off. When Bangladesh started their chase of 185, it was as if Litton knew precisely when the rain would come and precisely what he needed to do.
The ferocity of his onslaught maybe took the Indian pacers without warning. By the point the rain got here, seven overs had been bowled and Bangladesh have been 66/0, a transparent 17 above the D/L par rating, with Litton on 59 off 26 balls. To place issues in perspective, his opening companion Najmul Hossain Shanto had solely managed 7 from 16 balls on the different finish by then.
India started nicely sufficient, with Bhuvneshwar making a gift of solely two off his first over and discovering some swing right away, however Arshdeep’s left-arm swing within the subsequent over leaked runs. First ball, a contact broad, was carved previous backward level for 4. Arshdeep in the reduction of on his size subsequent ball however overpitched the third, and Litton smoked it straight down the bottom previous the bowler. There was extra drama as behind the stumps, Dinesh Karthik didn’t cleanly gather an edge behind the stumps.
Third over, Litton went after Bhuvi: he pulled one for six, swatted one for 4 previous mid-off earlier than expertly guiding one previous slip and quick third man for one more 4. Litton made his personal area when India bowled again of a size, typically charging down the bottom to the likes of Shami.
Fifth ball of the third over, Litton survived once more, as Karthik, diving to his proper, arms outstretched, could not pluck a tough one. It appeared like this could be Bangladesh’s day.
Sixteen runs got here off Shami’s sixth over, Litton whipping one sq., then stepping out to drag for six, in all probability the shot of the day. Another boundary adopted however the 52-minute rain break stalled Bangladesh’s momentum. Their goal was revised to 151 off 16 overs, that means they now wanted 85 in 9 overs. With Litton round, the whole lot appeared attainable.
This was the second the celebrities realigned India’s manner. Ashwin restarted the proceedings and the outfield and pitch was nonetheless damp. Litton turned for a second run and slipped. Second ball, Shanto stepped out, taking part in to deep midwicket the place KL Rahul, who had rediscovered his batting type earlier within the day, spied the Bangladesh batters turning for a second.
As luck would have it, Litton slipped once more, recovered and carried on, however Rahul’s uncanny throw from deep midwicket hit the stumps. Think about the percentages!
Das was run out and Bangladesh panicked. They performed one too many photographs within the center overs and India spied a gap. Lots of of Indian followers who had queued up within the rain to exit the stadium got here operating again, and chants of “Vande Mataram” echoed throughout the Adelaide Oval. The Bangladesh followers went unusually quiet.
It will definitely boiled all the way down to 31 off the final 12 balls, with Taskin Ahmed and Nurul Hasan on the crease. Hardik Pandya ran in, Taskin related. 4 by further cowl. Two balls later, Taskin related once more. Six! Swung over deep mid-wicket. Pandya paused. Rohit Sharma walked up for a mid-pitch convention. 20 off 8 turned 20 off 7 and ultimately 20 off the final six by Arshdeep. It was simply an excessive amount of for Bangladesh.
Earlier, Virat Kohli continued his love affair with Adelaide, scoring 64 not out (44b; 8×4, 1×6) whereas KL Rahul made a welcome return to type with a 32-ball 50 (3×4, 4×6). Suryakumar’s 16-ball 30 too helped India up the tempo as they recovered from a sluggish begin to publish 184/6.
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Having escaped from jail right here, India (6 factors) are nearly by to the semifinals. Bangladesh, in the meantime, will rue the truth that they misplaced 5 wickets and scored solely 40 runs within the 34 balls they confronted after Litton was run out.