T20 World Cup
Rain, Run Out and Another Heartbreak for Bangladesh
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Bangladesh were set to pull off a remarkable win after opener Litton Das took charge of a 185-run target against India in today's [Wednesday] crucial Super 12 match of the T20 World Cup in Adelaide.
Despite a thrilling finish, Bangladesh have faced yet another heatbreak against India as they were defeated by five runs [D/L Method].
Litton's onslaught put the Tigers on top, with the score at 66 for naught in seven overs before rain intervened.
When play resumed with a revised target of 151 in 16 overs, wickets continued to fall at regular intervals, beginning with the unfortunate dismissal of Litton, who was run out for a 27-ball 60.
KL Rahul's direct hit from midwicket caught Litton short and dashed the Tigers' hopes, who eventually lost momentum after resumption.
Following Litton's dismissal, opener Najmul Hossain Shanto and skipper Shakib Al Hasan hit two boundaries, but India held their nerve and the Tigers were defeated.
In the end, Nurul Hasan Sohan hit an undefeated 13-ball 24 to take Bangladesh to 145-6.
Arshdeep Singh and Hardik Pandiya scalped two wickets each for India.
Earlier, Virat Kohli became the highest run-scorer in Twenty20 World Cup history as he powered India to 184-6.
Kohli, who hit an unbeaten 64, and KL Rahul with a blazing 50 put on a key stand of 67 to lay the foundations of a strong total.
India need to win their remaining two matches to be certain of entry into the semi-finals, but Bangladesh are also in the hunt for the knockout stage.
Kohli beat former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene's total of 1,016 runs in his 23rd innings in T20 World Cups. Jayawardene set his previous World Cup-leading mark off 31 innings.
The in-form Kohli, who had already hit two match-winning half-centuries at this World Cup, reached his third fifty in 37 balls to bring alive the Indian-dominated crowd in Adelaide.
Taskin Ahmed kept India on the backfoot in a lethal opening burst of seam and swing bowling after Bangladesh elected to field first.
Indian fans had their hearts in their mouths when Taskin got Rohit Sharma to mistime a hit to deep backward square, but Hasan Mahmud dropped the catch.
Skipper Rohit could not capitalise as Mahmud had his revenge in the next over to get the opener out for two.
Rahul had other ideas and shrugged off his poor form to take on the attack with a flurry of boundaries and Kohli joined in from the other end.
Rahul, who had scored just 17 runs in the previous three matches, smashed two sixes and a four in a 24-run ninth over as the Indian run-rate soared.
He reached his fifty off Shakib Al Hasan but fell on the next ball from the left-arm spinner.
There was no respite for the Bangladesh bowlers as Suryakumar Yadav joined Kohli to keep up the attack, nonchalantly hitting the ball to all parts of the ground.
Shakib struck again to cut short Yadav's innings on 30 off 16 balls.
Kohli slowed down after the two wickets but soon changed gears with two boundaries and took the attack until the end with help from Ravichandran Ashwin's six and four in the final over.