India survive major scare to beat Bangladesh by five runs in controversial rain-affected T20 World Cup clash – after umpires decided to resume play despite soaking wet outfield when the underdogs were 17 RUNS ahead of the DLS-par score
- India batted first and posted 184-6, with Virat Kohli scoring another half-century
- Bangladesh started their response well as Litton Das hit a blistering 50
- Rain fell at the Adelaide Oval with Bangladesh ahead of the DLS par score
- The rain subsided and the umpires resumed the match despite the wet outfield
- Bangladesh lost regular wickets after the restart and fell just short of their target
Chasing 185 to win, Bangladesh raced to 66 without loss after seven overs thanks to a blistering half-century from Litton Das and were 17 runs above the DLS par score when heavy rain forced the players off.
It looked like the weather could help Bangladesh pull off a shock win, but the rain stopped just in time for India, and the umpires decided to resume the match despite doubts about whether the outfield was playable.
India survived a major scare to beat Bangladesh at the T20 World Cup on Wednesday
Bangladesh’s new target moved to 151 off 16 overs, and things could hardly have got off to a worse start for them after the restart when Das was run-out by a direct hit from KL Rahul.
Das lost his footing on the first ball of the restart and appeared to injure his wrist, and he again slipped going for the second run when Rahul ran him out the following ball.
His fellow opener Najmul Shanto quickly followed him back to the changing room after being caught in the deep by Suryakumar Yadav off the bowling of Mohammed Shami.
Litton Das had threatened to lead Bangladesh to a famous win at the Adelaide Oval
Das appeared to injure his wrist while running when play resumed after heavy rain
He was then run out the following ball by a brilliant direct hit from KL Rahul
When Bangladesh lost four wickets in just 10 balls in the 11th and 12th overs to leave themselves on 108-6, it looked like the game was up.
However, Nurul Hasan and Taskin Ahmed refused to give up hope of a famous win, and kept finding the boundary to take the match to the final over, with 20 runs needed for victory.
Hasan hit a monstrous six off the second ball and found the boundary again three balls later to keep Bangladesh dreaming.
Requiring a six off the final ball to force a super-over, Hasan could only pick out the long-off fielder for a single, as Bangladesh fell agonisingly short of a memorable win.
Nurul Hasan’s big-hitting nearly got Bangladesh over the line, but they fell just short
Earlier, India had posted 184-6, with Virat Kohli playing a starring role once again.
After KL Rahul had set the platform by returning to form with an impressive 50 off 32 balls, Kohli picked up the mantle and finished with an unbeaten 64 off 44 balls – his third half-century of the tournament.
Yadav also hit a brisk 30 off 16 balls to help India post an imposing total that proved too much for Bangladesh in the end.
Virat Kohli starred for India with the bat once more as he hit an unbeaten 64 off 44 balls