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Bangladesh succumb to pressure as India sneak home in last-ball thriller

Bangladesh succumb to pressure as India sneak home in a last-ball thriller
Dhoni effected a run-out off the final delivery to lead his team to a nail-biting one-run victory.
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India 146-7 (Raina 30) beat
Bangladesh 145-9 (Iqbal 35) by 1 run
25th match, Group 2 ICC World Twenty20, Bangalore

With two runs to win off the last three balls, Bangladesh succumbed to the pressure and lost three wickets in the process as India managed to sneak a thrilling one-run victory in the Super 10 Group 2 encounter in the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangalore.

Bangladesh were the superior team for most of the game as they restricted India to 146 for seven in 20 overs before dominating the chase for most part of the match.

Bangladesh won the toss and opted to field first.

India started off well as Rohit Sharma (18) Shikhar Dhawan (23) put on 42 runs for the opening stand, but Sharma holed out to midwicket off a slower delivery from Mustafizur Rahman (2-34).

India lost Dhawan in the next over, trapped LBW by Shakib Al Hasan (1-23). Virat Kohli (24) and Suresh Raina (30) joined hands in their 50-run stand for the third wicket, giving India a platform to mount a finish.

However, Bangladesh came right back in the game with Al-Amin Hossain (2-37) striking twice in two balls to remove Raina and Hardik Pandya (15).

Yuvraj Singh (3) had an off day with the bat and India were struggling at 118 for six after 17 overs. Mustafizur bowled a tidy 18th over but MS Dhoni (13 not out) and Ravindra Jadeja (12) hit 14 runs off the penultimate over.

Mustafizur conceded just nine runs in the final over and castled Jadeja as India managed to score 146 for seven in 20 overs.

Bangladesh’s chase was on track from the very first ball as

Tamim Iqbal (35) smacked a four and he was dropped three balls later by Ashish Nehra (1-29), who had very little time to react in his follow through.

Jasprit Bumrah (0-32) bowled a fine second over while Ravichandran Ashwin (2-20) followed it up with the wicket of Mohammad Mithun (1) in the third. In the fifth over, Iqbal was dropped once again by Bumrah this time and Sabbir Rahman (26) smacked a six to shrug off the mounting pressure.

The pressure was on Bumrah in the final over of the powerplay as Iqbal plundered 16 runs to take Bangladesh to 45 for one after six overs. In the eighth over, Iqbal was stumped off the bowling of Jadeja (2-22) and Rahman’s cameo was ended in the 10th over when Dhoni effected another razor-sharp stumping.

Ashwin dropped Hasan (22) in the 11th over which went for 10 runs. Mashrafe Mortaza’s (6) plan of promoting himself did not work as he was castled by Jadeja and Ashwin returned in the 13th over to dismiss Hasan, who was looking really dangerous after hitting a couple of sixes.

India pulled things back by conceding just nine runs between overs 13 and 15, but cameos from Soumya Sarkar (21) and Mahmudullah (18) kept Bangladesh’s chase right on target. Sarkar fell in the 18th over, caught down the ground off Nehra.

However, Mahmudullah hit a four moments later to bring the equation down to 17 runs needed from 12 balls. Bumrah kept his calm and gave just six runs in the penultimate over leaving Pandya to defend 11 runs from the final six balls.

With two fours in the first three balls, Mushfiqur Rahim (11) made it a walk in the park for Bangladesh as just two runs were needed from the last three balls.

However, Rahim and Mahmudullah fell in successive balls trying to get big hits away while Dhoni effected a run-out off the final delivery to lead his team to a nail-biting one-run victory.

Ashwin was the man of the match and India moved up to the second spot in the Group 2 points table after this victory.

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