Insights Into India-Bangladesh Rivalry Through Six Games

India-Bangladesh rivalry: India vs Bangladesh rivalry has recently gone a few steps higher. Both teams have been a part of some great cricket matches lately. The players and fans from both sides have added more fuel to these games.

After winning the 1997 ICC Trophy, Bangladesh got its Test status through cricketing diplomacy. Former BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya advised Bangladesh on how to win ICC votes and gain Test status. In November 2000, India sent a full-strength team over the border to play against a young Bangladesh Team

Below is a list of six games that define the India-Bangladesh rivalry.

1. Bangladesh’s Moral Boosting Test Match

Bangladesh’s Test status was granted after they won the 1997 ICC Trophy. As ICC president, Jagmohan Dalmiya advised Bangladesh on how to get Test status. To play this young side in November of 2000, India sent a full-strength team across the border.

Naimur Rahman’s team did not bask in the glory of that historic test on its first two days. It was Aminul Islam scoring 145, Habibul Bashar scoring 71, and others who wag to push the team past 400. 

In response, India’s batting line-up was 236 for 6, before a 92 from Sunil Joshi lifted them to a small 29-run lead. The Test match rookies eventually succumbed to their inexperience and collapsed to 91 in the second innings, handing India the victory and the trophy.

2. The 2007 Port of Spain Glory

Port of Spain in 2007 sowed the seeds of the current rivalry, adding another layer to all the other matches. After electing to bat first, India was rocked by seam bowler Mashrafe Mortaza and then by the left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak and Mohammad Rafique. 

The Indian team’s line-up fell for six single-digit scores and three ducks as they managed only 191. Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan, and Mushfiqur Rahim hit the 50s in the chase to see the side home.

3. First World Cup quarterfinal and controversy, 2015

India-Bangladesh’s 2007 rivalry continued in the 2015 World Cup quarterfinal. After a victory over England in Adelaide, Bangladesh reached its first World Cup quarterfinal.

For most of the first innings, Bangladesh dominated the ODI champions with Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, and Ajinkya Rahane getting out cheaply. However, Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma steadied the Indian innings. 

Rohit was caught at deep mid-wicket on a ball from Rubel Hossain when he was on 90. But Aleem Dar called a no-ball for what Bangladesh said was not an over-the-waist full-toss. India won with 302 after Rohit scored 137.

In addition, there was a massive uproar in Bangladesh as the general public and Bangladesh media were up in arms against the ICC and BCCI in particular.

4. The 2016 Bengaluru Heartbreak

Having been frustrated by external forces in Melbourne, Bangladesh comes to Bengaluru the next year. After yet another impressive bowling effort up front left Bangladesh chasing a small total of 146, they had their second World Cup victory over India all but secured.

Subsequently, the target dropped down to 2 runs off 3 balls when Mushfiqur Rahim hit Hardik Pandya for two consecutive fours in the final over. 

He pulled the following ball to the deep midwicket’s throat. After Mahmudullah’s wicket, Bangladesh required 2 off of 1. The batters rushed for a bye but were unable to outrun Dhoni’s dash from behind the stumps because Shuvagata Hom could not hit the final delivery. 

5. 2018 Nidahas Trophy finals.

The next year, Bangladesh lost twice when they faced India again in the Champions Trophy. In the Nidahas T20 Trophy in Sri Lanka in March, Bangladesh scored 166, leaving India needing 34 from 12 balls. 

Dinesh Karthik scored 22 off Rubel Hossain, the team’s best bowler till then, to reduce the equation to 12 runs off the final over. Soumya Sarkar gave just seven runs in the first five balls. But Karthik’s flat six off the final ball sealed India’s triumph.

6. 2022’s damp outfield controversy

Despite having the same number of points, skipper Shakib Al Hasan had predicted the outcome of the game for his team. In a T20 World Cup match, India will face Bangladesh.

This competition remained intense. Another 60-run PowerPlay by Bangladesh was led by Das. They had to chase 85 from nine overs after the DLS came into action. It is a normal routine in T20Is when you have 10 wickets in hand. However, Bangladesh failed to capitalize after losing Liton Das to a stunning run-out.

The BCB’s cricket operation head stated the umpires had ignored Shakib’s plea for a slightly delayed restart and that they would address the questionable umpiring in a “proper venue” after Nurul Hasan accused Kohli of staging a fake throw during the match.

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