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Litton Das’ sparkling innings of 60 went in vain, as Bangladesh went down by 5 runs in a rain hit game against India at the Adelaide Oval in front of a 29,000+ strong crowd on Wednesday. The result sees India take a major step towards the semi-finals- an important victory for them after losing to South Africa in Perth a few days ago in front of over 44,000 fans.
Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan won the toss and asked his opponents to take first guard. Indian skipper Rohit Sharma got a reprieve when Hasan Mahmud dropped a sitter on the deep square leg boundary off Taskin Ahmed in the third over.
However Mahmud made it up by having Rohit (2) caught at backward point by Yasir Ali soon after.
KL Rahul along with Virat Kohli added 67 runs for the second wicket before the former perished to Mustafizur Rahman after making half century. His knock came off just 32 balls with three fours and four sixes.
Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav put on 38 runs for the third wicket before the latter was castled by Shakib for a quickfire 16 ball-30.
Bangladesh put a break on the scoring rate with wickets of Hardik Pandya (5), Dinesh Karthik (7) and Axar Patel (7), as the Men in Blue were reduced to 157/6.
Former skipper Kohli continued his rich vein of form by reaching his third fifty of the tournament. Veteran spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (13)* aided him by hitting two boundaries in the final over to take India to 184/6 in their 20 overs. Kohli remained unbeaten on 64.
Chasing 185, openers Najmul Hossain Shanto and Litton Das got Bangladesh off to a fantastic start. They were 66 for no loss after 7 overs, before play was interrupted due to rain and the target was revised to 151 in 16 overs.
After the resumption, Rahul produced a brilliant direct hit to send back the dangerous looking Liton for 60. The latter slipped while going for the second, and that momentary lapse was the difference at the end, as he failed to make his ground despite a desperate dive.
Mohammed Shami then got into the act by claiming Shanto for 21. The Indian seamers hit back with regular wickets as the Bangla tigers slumped from 84/2 to 108/6.
With 20 needed off the final over, Arshdeep Singh held his nerve and gave away only 14 runs, as Bangladesh eventually fell short by 5. Nurul Hasan (25*) and Taskin Ahmed (12*) provided a glimmer of hope with an unbeaten 37 run stand for the seventh wicket, but it wasn’t enough for the Tigers, as has oft been the case in their matches against India in the recent past.