The clash against Bangladesh, marred by rain, swung like a pendulum at the Adelaide Oval with India holding their nerve to register a win and collect the full 2 points on offer.
Chasing a revised DLS target 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 in Adelaide:
The Rahul-Kohli stand – Put into bat after losing the toss, India went on to score 184 for 6 but did not have a great start. Losing skipper Rohit Sharma in the fourth over after a sedate start, India were in a precarious position but KL Rahul and Virat Kohli stitched a superb 67-run partnership for the second wicket to steady the team. Returning to form after a series of low scores, Rahul hit a stylish 32-ball fifty to lay a strong foundation for a big total. Rahul along with Kohli batted till the 10th over, steading the India innings and ensuring runs too were scored quickly after a slow start.
The Surya blitz – India were 86 for 2 after 10 overs when Suryakumar Yadav arrived in the middle after the dismissal of KL Rahul. Surya started tonking the Bangladeshi bowlers from the word go and blasted 30 off just 16 balls before getting out in the 14th over. Surya’s innings might not have lasted as long as he would have liked, but the pace at which he scored the runs gave India the middle-overs acceleration they needed.
The King Kohli show – The man in form Virat Kohli was once again at his scintillating best scoring an unbeaten 64 off 44 balls to power India to a strong total. His partnerships with KL Rahul and Suryakumar Yadav along with his finishing touches helped India go past the 180-mark. In the process, Kohli also became the top run-scorer in T20 World Cup history. In this edition itself, Kohli has aggregated 220 runs in 4 matches at a jaw-dropping average of 220.00 and at a strike rate of 144.73 so far. His assault with the lower-order batters helped India collect 44 runs off the last 4 overs, taking India to 184.
Litton Das‘ fireworks and the rain break – Bangladesh Opener Litton Das came out all guns blazing in the chase and took the Indian pacers to the cleaners in the powerplay overs. Smashing a 21-ball fifty, Litton caught India completely by surprise and Rohit Sharma and co. had absolutely no clue what was happening as they were blown away by Das’ blazing knock. But then, as forecast earlier, Adelaide received showers and the rain came to India’s rescue, halting the momentum of Das and his opening partner Najmul Hossain Shanto. At the time of the stoppage, Bangladesh were 66 for no loss in 7 overs and 17 runs ahead of the DLS par score.
KL Rahul’s direct hit to dismiss Litton Das – When play resumed after the rain break, Bangladesh were chasing a revised target of 151 in 16 overs with all their 10 wickets remaining and all the pressure was on Team India. At that stage they needed 85 more in 9 overs. But second-ball into the resumption, KL Rahul produced a magical fielding effort, running out Litton Das for 60. Running in from the deep fence, Rahul hit the bulls eye at the non-striker’s end as Litton, who slipped on his way to a second run, fell short of his crease. The wicket gave India the desperately needed breakthrough and opened the doors for Rohit Sharma and co.
The Collapse – With the Litton Das wicket, India pounced on the opportunity and applied pressure on the Bangladeshi batters with some tight bowling. And Bangladesh completely imploded, as they lost wickets in a flurry under pressure. In a span of four overs, Bangladesh lost 5 wickets as the momentum completely swung India’s way in a realy hurry. Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh and Hardik Pandya shared 5 wickets between them. From a strong position of 68 for no loss in the 8th over, Bangladesh found themselves reeling at 108 for 6 after 13 overs.
Arshdeep and Hardik sealing the game – 43 needed off the final 18 balls and the required rate was shooting up, but it was still a gettable target. But the Bangladeshi batters succumbed under pressure. Arshdeep Singh and Hardik Pandya bowled the final three overs with precision, handing India a five-run win in the end, as the Men in Blue got back to winning ways.