India vs Bangladesh 17th match of ICC world Cup 2023 at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune. The match is played by India vs Bangladesh at 2 pm on 19 October Thursday.
India 261 for 3 beat Bangladesh 256 for 8 by seven wickets
The predictability of a Virat Kohli innings in a moderate chase isn’t a critique of his batting; rather, it underscores his consistent hunger to capitalize on every opportunity.
On Thursday, this characteristic propelled him to his 48th ODI century, bringing him closer to the man he famously hoisted on his shoulders on that unforgettable April night in 2011, delivering an epic line that resonated with a nation of over a billion, evoking tears of joy.
Kohli’s innings, which evolved into a race between his century and a victory towards the end, followed a run deluge from Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill.
The duo’s 88-run opening partnership in pursuit of 257, a target that seemed below par, showcased a batting display reminiscent of dreams.
Rohit, with his effortless elegance, fierce cuts, and powerful pulls, set the early tempo, while Gill gradually shifted into high gear.
After the duo departed against the flow of the game, falling to shots they’d typically execute successfully 99 times out of a hundred, Kohli took charge, inviting everyone to join his ODI batting journey, consistently delivering runs.
Brief contributions from Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul sealed a commanding win, India’s fourth in a row, leveling them at the top with New Zealand, their upcoming opponents on Sunday in Dharamsala.
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The victory was orchestrated by Ravindra Jadeja, who made significant contributions with both the ball and his fielding prowess.
While his figures of 2 for 38 might not appear headline-worthy at first glance, they played a pivotal role in reining in Bangladesh’s innings, which, at one point, was progressing at breakneck speed.
Starting at 10 for 0 in five overs, the next four overs yielded 37 runs. Tanzid Hasan quickly found his rhythm, reaching a maiden ODI half-century off 42 balls.
He challenged Jasprit Bumrah with hooks, toyed with Shardul Thakur, dispatching him for 6, 4, 6 in a forgettable opening over, and set the tone for the innings.
However, when spin entered the equation, Kuldeep Yadav created an opening in the 15th over, breaking a crucial 93-run partnership.
Amidst the action, India faced a setback when Hardik Pandya hobbled off just three balls into his opening over, having twisted his left ankle in the follow-through.
At that moment, concerns arose about the absence of a sixth bowling option.
However, Shardul bounced back after a challenging first over, delivering eight more overs and even claiming a wicket, although Mahmudullah marred his figures in the final over.
Pandya remained sidelined for the remainder of Bangladesh’s innings and wasn’t required with the bat.
However, once the jubilation over the victory subsides, the realization of Pandya’s crucial role in the team’s balance is likely to set in.
As Kuldeep Yadav applied the brakes on Bangladesh’s scoring rate, Ravindra Jadeja injected life into the atmosphere with his precise, wicket-to-wicket deliveries that dismissed Shanto.
With runs drying up, the pressure to accelerate led to Litton chipping one straight to long-off, granting Jadeja a second wicket. At 137 for 4, the innings shifted into a mode of build-rebuild-build.
Mushfiqur Rahim showcased an array of deft paddles and sweeps to sustain the scoreboard, aiming to take the innings deep.
However, the mounting pressure from Towhid Hridoy’s struggles he was on 14 off 32 with 14 overs left prompted him to adopt a more aggressive approach, especially with Hridoy unable to capitalize after settling in.
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An opportunity off a Bumrah cutter saw an acrobatic Jadeja diving full-stretch to his right, pulling off a sensational grab to dismiss Mushfiqur for 43.
It was as exhilarating as Rahul’s stunning grab at full stretch down the leg to dismiss Mehidy Hasan earlier.
The captivating moments on the field continued as Bumrah dismantled Mahmudullah with a pinpoint yorker, although the all-rounder’s 46 had somewhat added respectability to Bangladesh’s total.
It set the stage for the type of chase that makes teams apprehensive, and unsure of how aggressively to approach the beginning.
However, India’s strategy appeared lucid. Rohit Sharma wasn’t going to alter the core of his revitalized game plan, which revolves around launching an offensive in the powerplay.
Yet, at 48, he attempted a pull shot that was perfectly timed but found the fielder at deep square.
Virat Kohli, on the other hand, had two free hits in his first four balls, converting them into a boundary and a six to catapult his innings into orbit right from the start.
From that point onward, there was no looking back. Kohli exhibited strong drives, ran with intensity, handled spin masterfully, and approached Hasan Mahmud’s skiddy deliveries with caution.
Similar to Rohit, Shubman Gill departed against the flow of the game after showcasing some effortless shots, signaling that the signs of dengue were a thing of the past.
While Shreyas Iyer might have been slightly disappointed not to see the game through, particularly after settling in, the timing of his dismissal hardly posed a concern for India.
KL Rahul steadied the ship before adjusting his game to allow Kohli to reach his milestone.
At one juncture, both India and Kohli needed 19 runs. There was a fleeting moment of speculation if Century No. 48 had to wait.
However, it didn’t. Needing just two runs, Nasum fired a delivery down the leg in anticipation of a wide that wasn’t given.
One ball later, Kohli stepped out and dispatched a low full toss into the deep midwicket stands, securing victory.