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Wednesday July 24, 2024

India inflict humiliating 50-run defeat on Bangladesh in T20 World Cup match

Hardik Pandya's four off last ball of innings to finish unbeaten on 50 off 27 balls help Men in Blue

By Sports Desk
June 22, 2024
Indian side Virat Kohli bats against Bangladesh in the T20 World Cup match. — ICC
Indian side Virat Kohli bats against Bangladesh in the T20 World Cup match. — ICC

India defeated Bangladesh by 50 runs in their second Super 8 match of the T20 World Cup 2024 at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound, Antigua and Barbuda.

The Men in Blue are undefeated in this competition with five wins and are close to confirming their semi-final spot.

Bangladesh had a slow start to the chase as Indian bowlers kept their dominance over them. Litton Das (13) was the first man to depart in the fifth over by Hardik Pandya.

Meanwhile, captain Najmul Hossain Shanto looked compact but he didn’t get enough support from the other end. Spinner Kuldeep Yadav removed Tanzid Hasan (29) and Towhid Hridoy (4) to put more pressure on the Tigers.

Shakib Al Hasan tried to accelerate from ball one but he fell on 11 off 8 balls. He was also dismissed by Yadav.

Moreover, Najmul’s innings was ended by Jasprit Bumrah as he was unable to pick his slower delivery and the ball went up in the air. He scored 31-ball 40.

All-rounder Rishad Hossain tried to minimise the gap with quickfire 10-ball 24.

For India, Bumrah ended with figures of 2/13 while Arshdeep Singh bagged 2/30. Kuldeep was the pick of the bowlers, claiming 3/19.

Earlier, India scored 196/5 after being put into bat first.

Men in blue started aggressively with Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli opening the innings. The Indian skipper smashed 11-ball 23 before being dismissed by Shakib Al Hasan.

However, the team managed 53/6 in powerplay, which is their best score in this competition. On the other hand, Tanzim Hasan Sakib pull things back for Bangladesh by removing Kohli (37) and Suryakumar Yadav (6) in space of three deliveries.

Wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant scored a brisk 36 from 24 balls with the help of four fours and two sixes.

Meanwhile, all-rounders Shivam Dube and Hardik Pandya put the step on the paddle and scored freely. Both added 53-run stand for fifth wicket.

Dube slammed 34 off 24 balls, powered by three sixes while Pandya remained unbeaten on 50 off 27 balls.

Men in Blue have won their first game of this round against Afghanistan, while the Tigers lost to Australia.

Bangladesh captain Najmul ul Hasan Shanto said they aim restricting India to 150-160.

"We would like to restrict them to a small total and chase it down. We know condition, the wind factor and hopefully we can execute.”

On the other hand, India's Rohit Sharma said he would have batted even if they won the toss. India are unchanged, whereas, Bangladesh have benched Taskin Ahmed and included Mustafizur Rahman