World Twenty20: India Stay Alive With Thrilling One-Run Win Over Bangladesh
India stayed alive in their quest to qualify for the semi-finals after defeating Bangladesh by one run in a thrilling match in Bangalore.
Bangladesh won the toss and chose to bowl in a crucial match for India. Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma started off well for India. (Picture credit: AFP)
Shakib Al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman got rid of Dhawan and Rohit Sharma in quick succession.
It was left to Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina to steady the ship.
Kohli looked good for 24 but he was cleaned up by Shuvagata Hom as he missed the sweep.
Bangladesh chipped away in the middle overs as they maintained their discipline.
Bangladesh ended up restricting India for 146/7 on a sluggish wicket and they felt they had a chance.
Chasing 147, Tamim Iqbal started off in grand style by smashing four boundaries off Jasprit Bumrah.
Mohammd Mithun departed to R Ashwin as Hardik Pandya took the catch at long on.
Shakib Al Hasan and Sabbir Rahman put Bangladesh on course as India struggled to get the breakthrough.
However, Suresh Raina got rid of Sabbir Rahman for 26 thanks to some brilliant stumping from MS Dhoni.
Ravindra Jadeja got rid of Mashrafe Mortaza while Ashwin sent back Shakib Al Hasan to throw the game wide open.
Hardik Pandya was entrusted to bowl the final over as India had to defend 11 runs to stay in the competition.
However, after conceding two fours, Pandya bounced back and picked up two wickets as Bangladesh choked. Heading into the final ball, they needed two runs off one ball.
However, on the final ball, Shuvagata tried to run a bye but Dhoni moved forward and whipped the bails off to catch the batsman short as India won a thrilling match by one run.
India's victory has kept them in the hunt for the semi-finals and their last league game against Australia is a virtual shoot-out.