The last time India and Bangladesh met in the T20 World Cup, it was again Dhoni’s composure and his incredible presence of mind that helped the Men in Blue pull victory from the jaws of defeat and the Bangla Tigers to beat by 1 run in a thriller. from a competition in Bengaluru in 2016.
With India set to take on Bangladesh in the ongoing T20 World Cup clash in Adelaide on Wednesday, the exciting 2016 T20 World Cup showdown between the two countries is naturally part of every India-Bangladesh conversation right now.
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LOOK HOW DHONI DID INDIA WON THE MATCH VES BANGLADESH IN THE 2016 T20 WORLD CUP HERE:
MS Dhoni breaks Bangladeshi hearts
Jasprit Bumrah conceded 6 runs in the penultimate over, leaving Bangladesh needing 11 runs to win in the last over.
The tension was clearly visible on the Indian players’ faces, but a cool-headed Dhoni bowled the ball to Hardik Pandya for the last over. Four players (Dhoni, Pandya, Ashish Nehra and Rohit Sharma) chatted for some time and then Dhoni gave a firm pat on Pandya’s shoulder and asked him to go for it. The onus was on Pandya to stop the Bangladesh batsmen from getting the required 11 runs, with the dangerous Mahmadullah and Mushfiqur Rahim batting, in front of a roaring Bengaluru crowd.
Ball 1: Mahmudullah sent Pandya towards sweeper cover and took 1 run, bringing the equation to 9 off 5 balls.
Balls 2 and 3: Mushfiqur Rahim then smashed Pandya for back-to-back boundaries, first to extra cover and then fine leg, to put Bangladesh in command. Bangladesh now needed two runs in three balls. 1 run to tie the game.
Dhoni immediately rushed to Pandya and had a serious talk with the all-rounder. And Pandya did not disappoint the skipper this time.
Balls 4 and 5: Pandya removed Mushfiqur (11) and Mahmudullah (18) in quick succession, bringing the tie down to 2 needed from 1.
Dhoni again had a mini-encounter with Pandya. This time Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh and Nehra also joined the discussion. Nehra saw most of the talking.
Dhoni stepped back, looked around and motioned for Pandya to bowl outside. Dhoni took off his right glove and was ready for the final chase. Shuvagata Hom gave the delivery that was bowled wide outside the off-stump an all-out push but failed to connect.
An alert Dhoni picked up the ball with his gloveless right hand but did not throw. As the Bangladesh batsmen raced for a bye that would level the match, the extremely fit MSD ran to the stumps and swore off the bails. Running to bat, Mustafizur Rahman was run out thanks to Dhoni’s presence of mind and brilliance on the field. He helped India pull out a 1 run win from the jaws of defeat.
India won the thrilling contest by 1 run.
Overall, India have won ten T20I matches out of eleven played against Bangladesh, including the first eight between 6 June 2009 and 18 March 2018.
India have won all three of their T20 World Cup matches against Bangladesh so far – by 25 runs at Nottingham on June 6, 2009; by 8 wickets at Mirpur on 28 March 2014 and by 1 run at Bengaluru on 23 March 2016.