India knew they had to win against Bangladesh to have any hope of qualifying for a semi-final berth and were under pressure right from ball one after they were sent into bat. Both openers in Dhawan and Sharma have been out of form this tournament and their bad run continued.
The Indian batting line-up apart from Virat Kohli just hasn’t clicked at this world cup and once again they found themselves in trouble. This time around Virat Kohli wasn’t able to bail them out and India could only manage to put 146 runs on the board. The highest scorer was the out of form Suresh Raina who scored thirty runs that comprised of a drop catch that went for six and a number of poorly timed shots that fell in the gap.
Bangladesh started their chase poorly with Mithun falling to R Ashwin but Tamim who was back after missing the last game due to a stomach upset formed a good partnership with Sabbir Rehman to put Bangladesh in a good position. All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan also played a cameo hitting 22 runs of just 15 balls to give Bangladesh a commanding position. They were helped with some poor fielding that resulted in two dropped catches as Bumrah and Ashwin put down relatively easy chances.
Bumrah redeemed himself by sending down two tight overs in the end, leaving Bangladesh to get 10 runs of the final over. Dhoni had used all his specialist bowlers to put the brakes on the Bangladesh batsmen and it was left to young Pandya to hold his nerve and see if he could restrict Bangladesh. It looked like Bangladesh would run away with the match after former captain M Rahim hit Pandya for two fours and started celebrating a win even though there was two runs left for them to win.
What happened next was incredible as Pandya took two wickets in his next two deliveries and got rid of Rahim and the dangerous Mahmudullah. Bangladesh were required to get 2 runs of the final ball and MS Dhoni was responsible for a run-out after he beat M Rahman in a sprint to give India a nail biting victory.
While R Ashwin was given the man of the match award for his tight spell of bowling, credit must be given to MS Dhoni for the way he captained the side using all his experience to get the right fielders in the right positions, the fact that he took off his right glove for the final ball and his also not forgetting that in India’s innings it was Dhoni who ran a second run of the final ball when R Ashwin was willing to settle for one. In the end it was that one run that made the difference, thanks to captain Marvel.