India edge Bangladesh in rain-affected ICC T20 World Cup 2022 contest
Bangladesh once again threatened to steal India’s limelight in a T20 World Cup match but it was not meant to be. Despite a spirited fightback led by opening batsman Litton Das, Bangladesh could not deliver the goods against a resolute Indian team with weather affecting the Group 2 contest on Wednesday night at the Adelaide Oval.
India eventually prevailed by 5 runs via the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method in a game which was highly entertaining as well as produced its controversial movements which will remain the talking points for a few days to come at least.
Virat Kohli once again ruled the roost with a superb 64* while KL Rahul notched up an important half-century as Indian power to a strong total of 184/6 batting first after Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan won the toss and elected to field.
Indian captain Rohit Sharma continued to have an ordinary run in important matches in this T20 World Cup but there was delight from the other end when KL Rahul found this lost mojo and form to notch up a vital half-century, which will certainly take away a lot of concerns as far as India’s top order is concerned.
While KL Rahul scored his runs, Virat Kohli went past Mahela Jayawardene to become the highest run scoring batsman in the history of the T20 World Cup tournaments and recorded his third half-century in four matches in this edition being played in Australia.
Virat Kohli scored 64 not out from 44 balls with the help of 8 boundaries and 1 six whereas KL Rahul was dismissed immediately after bringing up his half-century, which came from 32 balls, 3 boundaries and 4 sixes.
Along with Virat Kohli, KL Rahul added 67 runs for the second wicket to provide strength to the Indian innings while Virat Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav once again had a fruitful association, albeit not a long one on Wednesday night.
India finished strong at 184/6 in their 20 overs but little did they know that the next half an hour or so when the contest will resume in the second innings will have the game slipping away from their clutches.
The right-handed Bangladeshi batsman Litton Das turned up the heat on Indian bowlers, stroking his way to the second fastest half-century for his country and the format and putting Bangladesh on course for a win, but the weather gods had other plans.
The Tigers were placed strongly at 66/0 after 7 overs when rain intervened and the target was revised after a 45-minute break. The Bangladesh side was left with a target of 84 runs to score from the next 54 balls, that is to score 151 by 16th over it they were to win this contest against India.
The resumption of play saw captains of both the teams involved in discussions with the umpires, with Shakib Al Hasan not being entirely happy about the conditions in which his side was asked to bat.
However, with all 10 wickets intact and an achievable target in front, the Bangladeshi team did not have a lot to complain about and resumed their chase. However, this time they collapsed horribly to lose the contest in the end .
The dashing Litton Das was run out for 60 from 27 balls studded with 7 boundaries and 2 sixes with a stunning throw from KL Rahul, which helped India turn the tables. The Bangladeshi side kept losing wickets in regular intervals while keeping the scorecard ticking.
Arshdeep Singh provided body blows to Bangladesh in the 12th over by dismissing Afif Hossain and Shakib Al Hasan, which proved to be too costly for them.
While Nurul Hasan kept on fighting right until the end, finishing at 25 not out from 14 balls, Bangladesh just did not have enough to go past the finish line as India once again went to the top of the points table in Group 2.
The victory has given India a strong ground to make it to the semi-finals as they have only one match left against the fourth placed team in the group, Zimbabwe to be played on November 6 while Bangladesh will now prepare for their last contest in this tournament, against Pakistan to be played on the same day.