T20 World Cup 2024, IND vs BAN: Men in Blue Crushed Tigers in Antigua With Hardik Pandya’s Outstanding Fifty

In IND vs BAN match, India virtually eliminated Bangladesh from the T20 World Cup 2024, putting on their most comprehensive effort in the tournament so far.

IND vs BAN Match Highlights: India virtually eliminated Bangladesh from the T20 World Cup 2024, putting on their most comprehensive effort in the tournament so far. At the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on Friday, June 22, India soundly defeated Bangladesh thanks to the bat and ball exploits of Hardik Pandya. This was the first occasion in which India had won the championship by a landslide. With the bat Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and Rishabh Pant showed remarkable desire, but Kuldeep Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah left Bangladesh questioning whether they were on the same level as them.

The Indian batting lineup showed remarkable intent in scoring the highest-ever total in Antigua, 196 runs for the loss of five wickets. The uneven velocity of the ball did not intimidate Indian hitters on a sticky surface, as they maintained open avenues for attack. With the exception of Axar Patel (3 off 5) all Indian batsmen had strike rates below 132 throughout the first innings, when they amassed a huge total.

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IND vs BAN: Men in Blue Crushed Tigers in Antigua With Hardik Pandya’s Outstanding Fifty
IND vs BAN T20 World Cup Match (Image: IANS)

Bangladesh in response found it difficult to get going right away and was bowled out for 146/8 in their 20 overs. Kuldeep Yadav who finished with the highest stats for India on the day of 4-0-19-3, found spin and bounce on the pitch, while Jasprit Bumrah concluded with 4-0-13-2.

On that particular day the Indian bowlers were superior to the Bangladeshi batsmen. With the exception of sporadic hits from Rishad Hossain and Najmul Shanto, Bangladesh was not really in the hunt.

Bangladesh Toss Decision Impact in IND vs BAN, T20 World Match 2024

When Bangladesh’s skipper Najmul Shanto decided to bat first in a day game, they were behind from the off. Speaking on behalf of the broadcaster prior to the toss, Harsha Bhogle predicted that the wicket will gradually deteriorate due to the sun’s influence.

In the IND vs BAN match Najmul called the toss well, giving Bangladesh a great opportunity, but for some strange reason he decided to bowl first. Najmul may have believed that the wicket would hold true till the very conclusion of the game, but that was not the case.

Kuldeep Yadav gave Bangladesh a lot of trouble in the match after the powerplay by twisting and turning the ball at a good length. With five wickets in two matches, Kuldeep has already proven to be an irreplaceable member of the Indian lineup in just his second game of the competition.

IND vs BAN: India’s Masterstroke Inning Against Bangladesh

Hardik Pandya (Image: IANS)

India worked as a unit to score the greatest total on Saturday, June 22, at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua. After Bangladesh sent India to bat first on what appeared to be a wonderful wicket, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli came out with intent.

India’s aggressive strategy persisted even after their skipper was dismissed. Despite the frequent loss of wickets, Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant both kept their foot on the accelerator as India continued to pile up runs.

When Virat Kohli attempted to knock a slower ball for six, he was out. Though India never went below 8 RPO during their batting innings, Rishabh Pant was caught attempting to reverse sweep spinner Rishad Hossain. Following the removal of the two batsmen, Hardik Pandya and Shivam Dube went quiet for a while before stepping up their attacks in the last five overs after allowing the pressure to build.

Dube had not played well for much of the innings, but in the final few balls of his innings, he smashed three sixes, which helped him reach 34 off 24 balls.

The true hero of the IND vs BAN, T20 World Cup match was Hardik Pandya who scored 50* off 27 balls with a clever innings. India achieved a far higher score at the ground thanks to Pandya’s superb decision-making and wind-driven ball hitting. India’s score of 196 against Bangladesh would have presented challenges for the Bangladeshi team during the game’s second innings.

The two most effective bowlers were Tanzid Hasan Shakib, a fiery fast bowler who took 2/32 from his 4 overs, and Rishad Hossain, a youthful and gifted leg spinner who took 2 wickets but was costly on the day, giving up 43 off his 4 overs.

India’s victory has given them a significant lift in net run rate and a foothold in the semi-finals. If Afghanistan defeats Australia on June 23, India advances to the semi-final.

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