India and Bangladesh played their first-ever T20I against each other in June 2009 at Trent Bridge, Nottingham in the T20 World Cup. By then, India had already won the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007, but had still not faced their neighbours in the shortest format of the game. India registered an easy win by 25 runs, ensuring there was no anti-climax to the fixture like the 50-over World Cup 2007.
Prior to India’s match against Bangladesh on Sunday, the first T20I of the upcoming three-match series, the two teams have played a total of eight T20Is against each other. Bangladesh are yet to register their first win. Bangladesh came close to beating India on two occasions but were not able to close out the game.
Here are five memorable performances from Indian players over the decade:
1. Yuvraj Singh’s quickfire 41
Yuvraj Singh, one of the best T20 batsmen of the time, came to bat at No.4 in India’s 2009 World T20 match against Bangladesh and played a whirlwind 18-ball 41 including three fours and four towering sixes. His quickfire knock ensured that India posted a fighting total of 180 for 5 in the first innings.
He scored at a strike rate of 227.77. Later on, he also pulled off a stupendous catch to dismiss Mahmudullah, diving forward from short fine leg position. India registered a comfortable win as Bangladesh managed to post 155 for 8 in the run chase.
2. Rohit Sharma’s 53-ball 83
Rohit Sharma led the Indian batting lineup from the front in the Asia Cup 2016 game in Dhaka. Despite the Indian top order’s failure to score runs at a brisk pace, Rohit kept firing from one end. Rohit’s 83 had seven fours and three sixes. He scored half of India’s runs. MS Dhoni-led India posted 166 for 6 and were able to beat Bangladesh easily by a margin of 45 runs.
3. Hardik Pandya’s all-round effort
The credit for this knock belongs not only to Hardik Pandya but MS Dhoni as well. The Indian skipper pulled off the iconic last-ball run out and helped India beat Bangladesh by one run in a do or die clash in the 2016 T20 World Cup. In a low-scoring match, Pandya’s 7-ball 15 helped India post 146 for 7.
Hardik was expensive at first with the ball but Dhoni trusted him to bowl the last over and defend 11 runs. The first three balls were mediocre as Mushfiqur Rahim hit him for two boundaries. Bangladesh needed two runs to win from the last three balls. Pandya got the wickets of Rahim and Mahmudullah in two consecutive deliveries, followed by a run out by Dhoni as India pulled off a tense thriller.
4. Rohit Sharma’s 61-ball 89
Rohit Sharma has been consistent against Bangladesh. This was the Indian opener’s third half-century in T20Is against them. Bangladesh bowlers were taken to the cleaners by the ‘Hitman’ as he scored 89 runs from 61 deliveries, in a knock studded with five fours and five sixes. He got out of the last ball of the innings. His knock helped India post 176 for three in the first innings of the fifth match of Nidahas Trophy 2018.
Chasing a target of 177, Rahim did not have support from his teammates. He remained not out for 72 runs from 55 balls but Bangladesh fell short of the target by 17 runs.
5. Dinesh Karthik’s eight-ball carnage
It was a jam-packed stadium in Colombo with Sri Lankan fans supporting Rohit Sharma-led India because of the controversy between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in the previous match. The Nidahas Trophy final went right down to the wire. After Vijay Shankar failed to get bat on ball off Mustafizur Rahman’s bowling and Manish Pandey lost his wicket succumbing to the pressure, Dinesh Karthik walked in to bat with India needing 34 runs from 12 balls.
Karthik absorbed all the pressure and hit Rubel Hossain for 22 runs in the penultimate over including two fours and two sixes. In the last over, the Tamil Nadu batsman needed to score five runs off the final delivery. The 34-year-old hit Soumya Sarkar for a six over covers to win the Nidahas Trophy final. The final over’s video is the most-watched cricket video on Youtube.