The clash against Bangladesh, battered by rain, swung like a pendulum at the Adelaide Oval, with India holding on to 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 standoff – Batting after losing the toss, India scored 184 for 6 but did not get off to a good start. With the loss of captain Rohit Sharma in the fourth over after a quiet start, India were in dire straits, but KL Rahul and Virat Kohli put together a superb 67-run partnership for the second wicket to steady the team. After bouncing back from a series of low scores, Rahul hit a stylish 32-ball fifty to lay a strong foundation for a big total. Rahul and Kohli batted till the 10th over, stabilizing the Indian innings and ensuring that runs were also scored quickly after a slow start.
The Surya flashes – India were 86 for 2 after 10 overs when Suryakumar Yadav arrived in the middle after the dismissal of KL Rahul. Surya started to ton the Bangladeshi bowlers from the start and smashed 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 rate at which he scored the runs gave India the middle-innings acceleration they needed.
The King Kohli performance – In-form Virat Kohli was again at his scintillating best scoring an unbeaten 64 off 44 balls to propel India to a strong total. His partnerships with KL Rahul and Suryakumar Yadav along with his finishing work helped India go past the 180 mark. In the process, Kohli also became the leading run-scorer in T20 World Cup history. In this edition itself, Kohli has so far amassed 220 runs in 4 matches at a jaw dropping average of 220.00 and at a strike rate of 144.73. His onslaught with the lower order batsmen helped India collect 44 runs from the last 4 overs, taking India to 184.
Litton Das‘ fireworks and the rain breaks – Bangladesh opener Litton Das came out guns blazing in the chase and took the Indian pacers to the cleaners in the power play overs. With a 21-ball fifty, Litton took India completely by surprise and Rohit Sharma and co. had absolutely no clue what was happening as they were blown away by Das’s blazing beat. But then, as predicted 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 break, 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 chased down a revised target of 151 in 16 overs with all their 10 wickets to spare and all the pressure was on Team India. At that stage they still needed 85 in 9 overs. But the second ball in the resumption, KL Rahul produced a magical fielding effort and ran out Litton Das for 60. Rahul ran in from the deep fence and hit the bullpen at the non-striker’s end when Litton, who had slipped on his way to a second run, stayed short of his crease. The wicket gave India the much-needed breakthrough and opened the doors for Rohit Sharma and co.
The Collapse – With the Litton Das wicket, India seized the opportunity and put pressure on the Bangladeshi batsmen with some tight bowling. And Bangladesh imploded completely as they lost wickets in a rush under pressure. In a span of four overs, Bangladesh lost 5 wickets as the momentum turned India in a 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 seal the game – 43 needed from the last 18 balls and the rate required was shooting up but it was still a doable target. But the Bangladesh batsmen succumbed to pressure. Arshdeep Singh and Hardik Pandya bowled the last three overs with precision, eventually giving India a five-run victory as the Men in Blue returned to winning ways.