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Saturday, 29 March 2014

Report: Bangladesh vs India – WT20 2014


With a comprehensive eight-wicket win over Bangladesh, India posted their third consecutive win in the 2014 ICC World T20. The Indian spinners responded to their captain’s call by restricting Bangladesh to 138 for seven after MS Dhoni opted to field first.  (Also Read: Stats Highlights: Bangladesh vs India – WT20 2014 )

While Ravichandran Ashwin (2/15) applied the breaks at the top, India’s man of the moment, Amit Mishra (3/26), spun a web around the Bangladesh batsmen later in the innings. Unfortunately, both spinners missed out on hat-tricks. Rohit Sharma (56) and Virat Kohli (56*) then helped India to an easy victory. 

Earlier, with 13 runs off Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the first over, the Bangladesh openers had got their team off a good start despite Ashwin’s miserly bowling at the other end. Tamim Iqbal picked a boundary through the slips, while Anamul Haque sent the pacer through the covers and claimed four runs to deep square leg. The beating forced Dhoni to replace Bhuvneshwar with Mohammed Shami in the third over. 

However, poor shot selection reduced Bangladesh to 21 for three after being 20 without loss. In Ashwin’s second over, Tamim Iqbal was the first to depart. The opener pushed at the delivery and Suresh Raina snapped a low catch in the slips. Shamsur Rahman then went for a sweep shot off the first ball and Rohit received the offering at deep square-leg. Shakib Al Hasan then took a single on the leg side and denied Ashwin three in three. But that was all that the former Bangladesh captain did. In the next over, Bhuvneshwar, who was reintroduced into the attack, got the inside edge onto the pads and toppled Hasan’s bail. 

The Bangladesh captain then walked in, and for a while it looked like Mushfiqur Rahim and Haque could salvage the innings. Milking the bowlers, they worked to rebuild the innings. With half the innings over, Haque slapped Shami over extra cover for a six, while Rahim punched him on the backfoot to add four. However, after collecting 11 runs off the over, Rahim perished pulling Shami as Kohli took the catch comfortably at mid-wicket. 

An over later, Mishra claimed Haque with a leg-spinner’s trusted weapon, the googly. The opener returned for 44, leaving the team on 82 for five with seven overs left. With the task cut out for them, Mahmudullah and Nasir Hossain tried to set India a competitive target. Scoring at over seven runs per over, the pair added 49 runs, until Mishra ended their stand. He deceived Hossain by flight and pace and had him stumped, while Ziaur Rahman perished holing out to long-off. But Mishra too was denied a hat-trick. Mahmudullah’s 27-ball 33-run cameo and Mashrafe Mortaza’s six over mid-wicket off the last ball took the team to 138 for seven.

When India took guard, Rohit set the tone of the innings with a six over deep-square leg. Dhawan, however, once gain departed early. With his bails knocked off by Al-Amin Hossain, the left-hand opener was back in the dressing room for one. That brought out Kohli to the middle; and in the bowler’s next over, he sent the ball sailing over extra cover for six. 

Both batsmen pierced the field and beat the fielders to the boundary as they gleaned runs. The pair brought up India’s 50 with a two past point in seven overs. They were coasting towards the target with ease when Rohit was dropped on 36 off Ziaur as the two fielders collided while looking to take the miscued offering. The batsman then picked four as the ball fell just inside the mid-wicket fence.

Kohli then hit Sohag Gazi to either side of the wicket for boundaries as India galloped towards the target. With India comfortably perched and requiring run-a-ball, both top-order batsmen inched towards their fifties. Rohit brought up his half-century with a single to short fine-leg off Mahmudullah, while Kohli reached his with a single to the off-side in the next. 

However, with just 26 runs needed, the opener hit Mortaza to Hossain at point to depart for 56. With a 100-run partnership they had taken the wind out of Bangladesh’s sails. Promoting himself up the order, the India captain then came out to bat for the first time in the tournament and dealt a couple of big blows. With Kohli unbeaten at the other end, Dhoni took India to the target with a six straight down the ground.

Man of the Match:
 Ravichandran Ashwin for his match-winning bowling performance of 4-0-15-2

  • Dhoni: "I think this is an important win as it takes us into the next stage with momentum on our side. I wanted to have a hit and Yuvraj had one in the last match. It was a good opportunity for me and now all our Top 5 have had some time out in the middle. I have to be flexible with who I use in the death overs and we don't have a banker such as Malinga."
  • Rahim: "We lose a couple of bad wickets and suddenly we are throwing them away, no one is pushing on to make a big score. When you lose a couple of early wickets you have to protect your own but in the end we didn't and ended up short."

  • source: bcci.tv

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