India made it to semi-final stage after they defeated Australia in a do or die game at Mohali. Riding on India’s vice-captain Virat Kohli’s 82 runs, India sealed a semi-final berth. India’s top-order has failed to deliver in the tournament so far but Kohli has been the team’s saviour in the wins so far. Chasing the target on three occasions, the Men in Blue were able to pull the wins twice. Here’s a look at India’s path to semi-final. (STATS || POINTS TABLE || FIXTURES)
India vs New Zealand (lost by 47 runs)
India played their inaugural World T20 match in this edition against New Zealand in Nagpur. After a decent bowling performance on a turning track, New Zealand were restricted to 126/7 in 20 overs. An expected win for India turned into a brutal loss as the Indian batsmen were wrapped up on for 79. New Zealand won by 47 runs.
India vs Pakistan (won by 6 wickets)
India then met arch rivals Pakistan in Kolkata. A rain-affected match saw some of the overs wiped out and it reduced to 18 overs apiece. Pakistan batted first and scored 118/5 to conclude their innings. In reply, India lost some early wickets and were left tottering at 23/3. It was Virat Kohli who took the charge of the situation and scored an unbeaten half century to guide India home in an important clash.
India vs Bangladesh (won by 1 run)
A must win game for India as they had a win and a loss under their belt. India batted first and scored a decent 146/7 in allotted 20 overs. But the spectators at Bengaluru couldn’t have asked for a more exciting encounter. Bangladesh were cruising towards the target and eventually required 2 runs from 3 balls with Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah at the crease in the last over.
Youngster Hardik Pandya was bowling this over. Third last ball of the match and Mushfiqur Rahim tried to go for a glory shot but landed at giving away his wicket as the Bangladesh wicket-keeper was caught in the deep by Shikhar Dhawan. On the penultimate delivery, Mahmadullah tried to repeat the same story but he was too caught out and it was Ravindra Jadeja this time who took a brilliant running catch. It came down to 2 off 1. A short last delivery from Pandya to Shuvagata Hom saw Mustafizur Rahman’s run out through a sprint from MS Dhoni while the batsmen tried to steal a single off a bye. India won the match by 1 run.
India vs Australia (won by 6 wickets)
A crunch situation and a match which would seal a semi-final berth for the winner as both the teams had two wins under their kitty. Australia batted first and went on to score 160/6 in 20 overs. India again lost early wickets and it was up to Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh to hold on the innings. Yuvraj had a terrible start as the Indian batsman’s ankle twisted while stealing a run. Virat Kohli and Yuvaj Singh then stitched a responsible partnership but it was Kohli who scored unbeaten 82 runs to anchor India home and eventually help India make a place in the semi-final. India won the match by 6 wickets.