India has registered a spot at the top of the points table with their latest win over Bangladesh. With 6 points in their bag and a decent run rate of +0.730, India has almost booked a spot in the semi-finals. The match itself didn’t turn out as one-sided as expected by the audience and the Bangladeshi Captain Shakib Al Hasan. However, the clash did face the expected hindrance caused by rain at the Adelaide Oval.
How the India Vs Bangladesh Clash Unfolded?
Shakib Al Hasan chose to field first after winning the toss. Virat Kohli held the Indian batting inning together with captain Rohit Sharma walking off at a mere score of 2. KL Rahul, however, scored a much-needed impressive half-centurion knock after days of struggling with his form. Rahul and Kohli’s knocks added with a quickfire 30 of Suryakumar Yadav took India’s total to 184. The target looked fairly defendable until Liton Das walked in.
Liton Das set the powerplay ablaze hitting the Indian bowlers all over. Das hit a 21-ball 50 leaving India’s defense in shambles and shock. With his opening partner Najmul Hossain Shanto, Das put 66 runs on the board in 7 overs. That is until rain hit the venue. The incessant rain put the management to review the DLS score and Bangladesh was 17 runs par the needed score.
However, the rain did stop after the match was reduced to 16 overs with the revised target of 151. India earned a grip over their defense as they took the ground after the rain. KL Rahul made a sensational direct hit to run out the man in blazing hot form, Liton Das. And then Arshdeep Singh and Hardik Pandya stunned the Bangladeshi batting attack scalping two wickets each. In the last over, Singh defended 20 and India won the match by 5 runs to spare.
Now with India at the top, the group 2 table seems shaped up. India is almost into the playoffs as is South Africa. Pakistan is yet to face South Africa and the result would decide if Pakistan can still count on its chances to move ahead. As for the Netherlands, the campaign will end with the league stage. Zimbabwe is in the same condition as Pakistan and tomorrow’s result will put everything in perspective for how the semi-finals stage would look like.