The best cricket match: When MS Dhoni became Usain Bolt

If you are a cricket fan, you probably would never forget  Jonty  Rhodes’  flying run out of Inzamam-Ul- Haq in  the  1992  World  Cup.  It  was  such an  iconic  moment  in  the  game  that  it  lives  on  beyond generations. Such an epic moment was witnessed in the group game between India and Bangladesh in the 2016

World  T20  at  Bengaluru.  India,  considered  strong  favourites  to  win  the  World  T20  faced  a  near elimination after their  shock defeat to New Zealand earlier in the tournament and they were up against the plucky Bangladesh team, full on adrenalin and vengeance for revenge after their loss to India in the World Cup 2015 quarter-final clash.

In this background, India batted first and scored a below par 146/7 on a batting paradise. All six players in the Indian top six reached double digits but not even one managed to score beyond 30. Bangladesh bowled and fielded with great belief and discipline. The experienced duo of Mashrafe Mortaza and Shakib Al Hasan put the brakes on the scoring with their tight bowling and the pressure created by them turned into wickets for Mustafizur Rehman and Al-Amin Hossain. Bangladesh had their eyes set on a very achievable target of 147 runs in 20 overs to script a memorable heartbreak.

Bangladesh on verge off pulling of an upset

When Bangladesh went into bat staring down a very manageable target India had set for them, the odds had dramatically swung in Bangladeshis favor. From being a huge underdog, to now being favorites to win at  right cricket betting sites. With a superb turnaround in odds the Bangladesh innings unfolded as described below.

Tamim Iqbal gave Bangladesh another good start against India and Sabbir Rehman and Shakib Al Hasan held steady after him. Bangladesh had a clever plan to play out Ashwin and Jadeja cautiously and target Hardik Pandya, India’s fifth bowling all-rounder. Thanks to their luck, India’s most reliable T20 bowler Jasprit Bumrah hose that day of all days to forget his magic and Bangladesh capitalized on that very effectively.

Running out of options, the Indian captain MS Dhoni had to throw the ball to Hardik Pandya for the 20th over when Bangladesh had 4 wickets in hand and required 11 runs to win. Dhoni was no stranger to tense finishes but on that day he was behind the wickets with nothing much to do except marshal his troops and hope for the best. Pandya tried his best to hide the butterflies but went for successive boundaries in the second and third deliveries after a single conceded off the first ball. 3 balls to go. 2 runs to win. Bangladesh had it all in their hands.

White line fever – MS. Doni pulls off the impossible

That was when they decided to go for glory. Mushfiqur Rahim lofted high in the air in search of the winning six but ended up caught by Dhawan at deep mid-wicket. It was still ok. The batsmen had crossed over, which meant the well-set Mahmudullah was on strike. But, inexperience and adrenalin rush joined hands to push Mahmudullah to commit the same mistake that Mushfiqur committed a ball before and he lofted one straight up in the air to be caught by India’s best fielder Ravindra Jadeja. The game sprang to life all of a sudden.

Hardik Pandya delivered the last ball on a good length and Shuvagata Hom missed it but still tried to sneak a bye for a tie. MS Dhoni, from at least 20 yards behind the stumps collected the ball and backed himself to race Mustafizur who was running in from the non-striker’s end to the stumps. In a blink, MS Dhoni won that race and broke the stumps in a photo finish befitting a 100 metre final. Bangladesh’s story turned from glory to doom in a defining moment. India survived a real scare by holding to thei

nerve in the final moment.

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Game Scorecard  

The photo finish moment

 

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