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Hardik Pandya lifts India to 196/5 against Bangladesh

Hardik Pandya lifts India to 196/5 against Bangladesh

Antigua, June 22 (UNI) Hardik Pandya's blistering unbeaten 50 off just 27 deliveries propelled India to a commanding total of 196/5 against Bangladesh in a crucial Super-8 T20 World Cup clash at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium here.

Pandya's innings was a masterclass in power-hitting, as he showcased his ability to score quickly and decisively under pressure. His knock included four boundaries and three massive sixes, which not only accelerated India's scoring rate but also demoralised the Bangladeshi bowlers in the death overs.

Coming in when India needed a late surge, Pandya wasted no time in settling down. He accounted for loose deliveries, particularly targeting Mustafizur Rahman and Rishad Hossain, who struggled to contain his aggressive strokes. Pandya's fifty was a testament to his ability to adapt to different match situations and deliver when it mattered most for his team.

Earlier in the innings, India's top order had set a solid platform with explosive contributions from Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and Rishabh Pant.

Rohit got India off to a flying start with a flurry of boundaries off the bowling of Mahedi Hasan and Shakib Al Hasan, scoring 23 off 11 balls before falling victim to Shakib Al Hasan.
Kohli then took charge, smashing a quickfire 37 off 28 deliveries, including three towering sixes. However, his innings was cut short by Tanzim Hasan Sakib, who bowled him with a well-executed delivery.

Rishabh Pant continued the onslaught with a brisk 36 off 24 balls, featuring four boundaries and two sixes, before he was dismissed by Rishad Hossain.

As Bangladesh prepare to respond, India's total of 196/5 poses a significant challenge. The focus now shifts to whether Bangladesh can mount a successful chase against India's formidable bowling attack, led by Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja.

The stage is set for an enthralling contest as both teams vie for a crucial victory in the T20 World Cup group stage, with India aiming to maintain their unbeaten run in the tournament and Bangladesh seeking an all-necessary win to stay alive in the competition.

Scores

India: 196/5 in 20 overs (Hardik Pandya 50* off 27 balls, Rohit Sharma 23 off 11 balls, Virat Kohli 37 off 28 balls); Shakib Al Hasan 1/37, Tanzim Hasan Sakib 2/32, Rishad Hossain 2/43.

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