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Dhaka Tribune

Yet another heartbreak as Tigers lose by five runs against India

Liton's masterful 27-ball 60 went in vain as Tigers lose to India again at a T20 WC

Update : 02 Nov 2022, 11:24 PM

Bangladesh's long list of heartbreaks in losing a close match against India has a new addition as yet another agonizing loss came their way, this time by just five runs in their Super 12 blockbuster at the Twenty20 World Cup 2022 in Adelaide Wednesday.

Liton Das' majestic innings at one stage provided Bangladesh a stunning start while chasing 186 for victory.

When Liton was in full swing, it appeared that the Tigers would reach their target with ease.

But Bangladesh's batting could be defined in two phases.

In phase one, there was masterclass batting from Liton but in the second, the entire batting order fell apart and hopes were shattered.

Rain played its part in this game as predicted as it interrupted Bangladesh's batting and hampered their momentum.

As rain was predicted in the forecast, Bangladesh camp was predetermined to chase, considering that while chasing, a curtailed over game would work in their favor.

And that's exactly what happened but Bangladesh could not manage to pull off a famous win.

When Liton and Nazmul Hossain Shanto came out to bat, the pressure was huge as India set a challenging 185-run target.

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But then, magic began.

Liton scored a superb half-century with shots flying all over the ground. He reached his eighth T20I fifty in only the 21st ball when he pulled Mohammad Shami over fine leg for a six in the sixth over.

Bangladesh were 66 for no loss after seven overs when rain poured in, and heavily.

Liton was batting on 59 off 26 balls while Shanto was batting on a modest seven off 16 deliveries.

Bangladesh were 17 runs ahead at that time in accordance with the Duckworth/Lewis method.

Rain continued for around half an hour and the match was stopped for 45 minutes.

The target was revised as Bangladesh needed 151 to win from 16 overs, giving them 85 more runs to chase from nine overs.

Then phase two of the Bangladesh batting unfolded. Liton got run out in the very first over after the break and things started falling apart.

Shanto played a ball towards deep square leg and called for two. Liton slipped slightly when he was completing the first run and then hurried for the second.

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Fielder KL Rahul saw from the deep that Liton was struggling to cover the ground and he threw the ball towards non-striker's end. And it was a superb throw from the deep as it hit the stumps directly and immediately Liton knew that he was gone.

Liton's innings ended on 60 off 27 balls with seven fours and three sixes.

And after that, India bounced back and took regular wickets to take a grip of the match.

Shakib al Hasan (13), Afif Hossain (three), Yasir Ali (one), Mosaddek Hossain (six) could not capitalize on the brilliant start by Liton and all went back to the pavilion within a short period of time.

Left-arm pacer Arshdeep Singh bowled a superb 12th over – his second - where he took two wickets and conceded just two runs and the match swung in India's favor.

Taskin Ahmed smacked a sixer over mid wicket in the penultimate over to produce some sort of hope as the equation went down to 21 required off nine.

Eventually Bangladesh needed 20 from the last over bowled by Arshdeep and Nurul Hasan hit a six and four to give some hope.

Six were needed off the last ball to tie the match for a Super Over but wicketkeeper-batter Nurul managed a single only.

And so, the match ended as another “so close yet so far” moment for Bangladesh cricket.

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