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India Crush Bangladesh by 50 Runs, Move Closer to T20 World Cup Semis Spot

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India continued their dominant run in the T20 World Cup Super Eight stage, defeating Bangladesh by a convincing 50 runs on Saturday in Antigua. This victory puts them on the cusp of a semi-final berth, pending the outcome of the Australia vs Afghanistan match.

Early Jitters Don’t Derail India’s Momentum

While the opening partnership of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli failed to click again, India managed to overcome this hurdle. Their strategy of a star-studded middle order, packed with big hitters, proved successful once more. Despite a slow pitch that stifled scoring, cameos from various batsmen propelled India to a competitive total of 196 for 5 wickets.

Bangladesh’s Bowling Hero Emerges

Bangladesh’s bright spot came in the form of bowler Tanzim Hasan. He frustrated the Indian batsmen with his unpredictable pace variations and slower deliveries that deceived even seasoned players like Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav. Tanzim claimed two crucial wickets and emerged as Bangladesh’s most effective bowler.

India Launch Counter-Attack

Rishabh Pant provided the spark India needed in the middle overs. After a period of slow scoring, Pant exploded with a flurry of boundaries, showcasing his power hitting prowess. While his knock was cut short, it ignited a change in momentum for the Indian batting line-up.

Rishad Hossain Impresses Despite Defeat

Bangladesh’s young spinner Rishad Hossain continued to impress. Despite the team’s loss, Hossain displayed his talent and fighting spirit. He claimed two key wickets, including the prized dismissal of Pant, and bowled with confidence throughout his spell.

Hardik Pandya Anchors India’s Late Surge

Hardik Pandya provided much-needed stability in the later stages of the Indian innings. He capitalized on a loose delivery from Mahedi Hasan to break free and accelerate the scoring rate. Pandya’s knock, a well-paced fifty off just 27 deliveries, ensured India posted a formidable total.

India’s Unique Batting Approach

This match marks a shift in India’s batting strategy at the T20 World Cup. Unlike their usual approach of building a strong foundation, they opted for a more aggressive style. Seven batsmen scored at a strike rate exceeding 150, with the focus on taking calculated risks throughout the innings. This resulted in their highest ever T20I total without a single batsman scoring a fifty.

With a win against Bangladesh and a potential semi-final berth on the horizon, India appears to be peaking at the right time in the T20 World Cup. Their newfound aggressive batting approach, coupled with their strong bowling attack, makes them a serious contender for the championship title.

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