Cricket: India win thriller as Bangladesh throw away certain win

Bangladesh slumped to a one-run defeat by India at the World Twenty20 today after a collapse by its lower-order batsmen in the final over of a gripping Group 2 match at Chinnaswamy Stadium.

Needing 11 to win off the last over, bowled by Hardik Pandya, Mushfiqur Rahim slammed two consecutive boundaries as nine runs came off the first three deliveries to put Bangladesh in sight of victory in reply to India's 146-7.

But Mushfiqur holed out to mid-wicket, the next ball saw Mahmudullah do the same and Shuvagata Hom missed the final ball and made a vain attempt to steal a single to level the scores.

However, his partner Mustafizur Rahman was run out by India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni to leave Bangladesh beaten on 145-9.

The defeat followed a solid start by Tamim Iqbal (35) and Sabbir Rahman (26), who did well to add 44 for the second wicket, and some useful contributions from Shakib Al Hasan (22) and Soumya Sarkar (21).

Put into bat, India's openers had earlier struggled to get going against some disciplined bowling. Both Rohit Sharma and Shikar Dhawan struggled to score at a run-a-ball and the frustration that crept in resulted in both openers departing in quick succession. Rohit made a 16-ball 18 and Shikar had a 22-ball 23.

With Virat Kohli being joined by Suresh Raina, India began to make progress. The pair added 50 runs for the third wicket before Kohli was bowled by Hom for 24.

Raina showed a return to form by cracking a 23-ball 30. But two back-to-wickets by Al-Amin Hossain, who had Raina and Pandya both caught, put India on the back foot again.

Dhoni then took charge, finishing unbeaten on 13. Along with Ravindra Jadeja, he added 20 runs for the seventh wicket before he and Ravichandran Ashwin put on nine more runs from five balls.

What it means:
- India move to second on four points behind New Zealand.
- Bangladesh can't make the semifinals.
- India still need to win final pool game against Australia to make the semifinals due to their poor net run/rate.

Match centre with scorecard, wagon wheel and Manhattan/Worm

- NZ Herald

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