T20 World Cup: India improves chances of reaching semifinals with five-run victory against Bangladesh

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India defeated Bangladesh by five runs in a Men’s T20 World Cup match in Adelaide that was delayed by rain to advance to the semifinals.

Before the game was abandoned owing to rain, the Tigers, who were chasing 185, rapidly reached 66-0 in seven overs because of Litton Das’ 21-ball fifty.

Despite being 17 runs above the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern (DLS) par score, Bangladesh’s target was amended to 151 off 16 overs.

Soon after the game resumed, an irate Das slipped on the wet ground and was run out, and the Tigers soon began to lose wickets frequently as India displayed flawless fielding.

When Nurul Hasan needed 20 runs from the last over to tie the game, he smacked a six and a four.

Arshdeep Singh, a seamer, maintained his composure and gave up just a single, leaving the Tigers on 145-6. A six would have forced a tie and a 

India is now in first place in Group 2 and will go to the semifinals with a win over Zimbabwe in their next match, while Bangladesh must defeat Pakistan and hope other results go their way.

Earlier, India scored 184-6 thanks to KL Rahul’s fifty and Virat Kohli’s third half-century of the competition.

Kohli recovered from a loss to South Africa to punish Bangladesh with half-centuries against Pakistan and the Netherlands.

Rohit Sharma was dismissed for two runs by the Tigers’ bowlers early on, and Taskin Ahmed gave up just 15 runs in his first five overs.

However, Kohli was able to withstand everything by capitalising on Rahul’s quick start and Suryakumar Yadav’s 30 off 15 balls.

Before he changed gears and deflated the Bangladesh bowlers, edges flew past the stumps, and catching opportunities simply eluded the fielders.

With 64 runs left in the game, he has scored 220 runs in four innings, and his former swagger and confidence have returned.

India appears to be headed for the semifinals, and it will be counting on its best player to keep hitting home runs