There have been matches which have gone down to the wire and there have been many heartbreaks. India versus Bangladesh in Bangalore on Wednesday was one such instance. India needed a win to stay in the hunt for semi-finals while Bangladesh needed one to keep their faint semis hopes alive. In the end, the former happened.
Here is how India pulled off a thrilling one-run win in the last over bowled by Hardik Pandya.
19.1 – Pandya bowls to Mahmudullah which is wide delivery and steered to cover in the deep for a single. 10 runs required.
19.2 – Pandya to Mushfiqur. The batsman shuffles and Pandya bowls it wide and short of length which has no pace. Rahim settles on one knee and smokes it past the covers region. Six needed from 4 balls
19.3 – Pandya to Mushfiqur. Batsman moves towards the off side and scoops it just wide of MS Dhoni and it goes for four. Rahim pumps his fists and yells in celebration! Two needed from 3 balls
19.4 – Pandya to Mushfiqur. Another slower ball and short of length, Rahim hits it high and it is caught at deep mid-wicket by Shikhar Dhawan. But batsmen manage to cross over and give Mahmudullah the strike. Mushfiqur gone. Two needed from 2 balls.
19.5 – Pandya to Mahmudullah. Full-toss and it hits just high on Mahmudullah’s bat and goes to deep square-leg. Ravindra Jadeja comes running in and holds on to a very good catch in the deep. Rolls over but ball is safely in his hands. Mahmudullah departs.
Two needed off one ball
19.6 – Pandya to Shuvagata Hom. MS Dhoni knows the batsmen will run irrespective of what happens now. He has removed his right glove. Pandya keeps it wide and short of length. Hom misses it completely but batsmen set off for a run. Dhoni collects and sets off to break the stumps. He is quicker than the batsmen. Mustafizur Rahman is run-out and India win. Celebrations all around. Yuvraj Singh jumps on MS. Kohli yells. Crowd is deafening.