India vs Bangladesh ICC CWC Match 17 Report: Bangladesh’s fate continues to be poor, as they met India to receive their third consecutive defeat in four games. India’s victory was by eight wickets, powered by the magnificent performances of Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja.
The King is Back
Virat was all in the mood on Thursday. He was patient, he was aggressive whenever it needed it, and he reminded us once more what the classic Kohli would look like. His 48th century yesterday moved him just a century closer to the Master Blaster, who holds the record for the most number of centuries in ODIs (49).
In fact, Kohli’s chase seemed more like a race between the winning target and the century. He was close to the century, but the target was even closer. At one point, both India and Kohli required 19 runs. And when India needed two runs to win, Nasum threw an intentional wide ball, which was not given, thanks to the umpire’s fair decision. KL Rahul addressed the media after the win, saying that he told Kohli not to take any singles so that the talisman could score most of the runs and possibly reach a ton. This in fact worked, as the former Indian captain knocked the ton and Bangladesh with a beautiful six.
Jaddu’s All-round Performance
Jadeja’s clinical fielding, coupled with his magic with the ball, was one of the keys to toppling Bangladesh. His two wickets at the expense of 36 runs may not seem fancy, but they came in at a very crucial time, which helped India tie Bangladesh on their back foot.
Openers’ Incredible Opening of the Innings
Both Rohit and Gill gave India an incredible start. Rohit started firing first, and then Gill, who initially lazed around with his mellow run, later picked up the speed before returning to the pavilion and scoring a fifty (53). Rohit went back two runs prior to the half-century.
A Good Start Squandered by a Middle Over Collapse
The openers gave Bangladesh a good start, but their middle order failed to capitalize on it. The ‘good start’ came after 5 overs into the match, as they could score only 10 runs in the initial five. The later five could have been a reverse uno if the middle order was a bit persistent. Tanzid Hasan and Litton Das went on fire with a flurry of boundaries to bag 53 runs, adding to the later 10, and squared off 63 runs in the first power play.
Both batters seemed a real threat in the absence of Hardik Pandya, who had left the ground following an ankle twist. As per India vs Bangladesh ICC CWC Match 17 Report, the score was once 93 for nil, but it slipped down to 137 for four after Shraddul Thakur and Ravindra Jadeja stepped in and plucked crucial wickets. Every time Bangladesh started to gain momentum, India struck on time and folded their innings at 256.
India vs Bangladesh ICC CWC Match 17 Report: Score Summary
261 for 3 (Kohli 103*, Gill 53, Rohit 48)
256 for 8 (Litton 66, Tanzid 51, Mahmudullah 46, Jadeja 2-38, Bumrah 2-41)
India by seven wickets