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Bangladesh almost out of the equation of semi-final following a poor run chasing

Lack of T20 skills brought the ordeal for the Bangladeshi team once again as the hope for the semi-final is now dead with the defeat against  India by 50 runs. After the gut-punch from the Aussies, the Tiger’s fate didn’t change in the do-or-die match as well.

After winning the toss Bangladesh put India into bat to set a target. The number 1 team’s opening pair did the job of ransacking pretty well. Rohit played a short innings but added 23 runs with a staggering strike rate of 209.09. Virat, on the other side, got his best score in this World Cup. Before Tanzim Hasan Sakib paved the way to the pavilion he played a 28-ball 37 runs laced with 3 sixes and 1 four. Rishabh Pant accelerated the run rate in the middle over and Bangladeshi bowlers were looking hopeless before he tried to go for a reverse sweep against Rishad and gave a catch in the short third. While IPL star Suryakumar couldn’t enlarge his innings, another proven star from the same league Shivam Dube accumulated 34 runs off 24 balls. And lastly, Hardik Pandya hammered the Bangladeshi bowling line-up with his 27-ball 50.

Bangladeshi bowling line-up featured just 2 pacers today as Taskin was dropped after his expensive spell against Australia and Nepal. However, the change of plan didn’t change the outcome – the Fizz was way too expensive with a spell of 4-0-48-0. He gave away 18 runs in the last over. Rishad, the long-awaited leg spinner in Bangladesh got rid of Pant and Dube but his economy rate was also 14.33. While senior Shakib also was expensive, junior Sakib took 2 wickets with an economy rate of 8. Mahedi and Mahmudullah also maintained an economy rate below 10.

It was deemed to be one of the best pitches for the batters throughout the World Cup but Bangladeshi top orders failed to deliver the need as usual. Tanzid scored 29 runs after playing 31 balls which wasn’t the right approach in this crucial game. Liton maintained a healthy strike rate of 130.00 but the problem was with his limitation of shot selection after sweeping Pandya out of the ground he opted to play a similar kind of shot in a slower delivery and was caught in the mid-wicket. Shanto was showing a good intention but didn’t get the support for the other end. Before being dismissed by Bumrah he played an innings of 40 runs off 32 deliveries where he lofted away the ball over the boundary 3 times alongside a four. Tawhid was trapped by Kuldeep Yadav for a lbw and this wrist-spinner ripped through the top and middle orders while bogging down the batters. Shakib and Mahmudullah – the most senior players in the team were no exception in this crucial chase and Bangladesh’s loss was evident from the 11th-12th over when the required run rate was jumping. Rishad stuck 24 off the first 8 balls with 3 sixes before showing his back after a dot ball. In the end, Bangladesh failed to even post a total of 150 in 20 overs as India strangled them within 146/8.

So, India now swans into the predetermined place in the semi-final. Bangladesh despite having the best-ever season in the magazine tournament,  still has a long way to go to achieve something glorious. Especially if the batting unit doesn’t master the art of T20-style firing batting, the dream may never become reality!

Bangladesh still has one more game in the second stage against Afghanistan before boarding the flight to Dhaka. This match will commence on 25 June at 6:30 AM.

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