Former India cricketer Sunil Gavaskar said that Bangladesh panicked against India in the T20 World Cup fixture in Adelaide on Wednesday, November 2. He also felt that Bangladesh could’ve sustained their momentum by playing smartly as well. However, Bangladesh got off to a stunning start while chasing 185 against the Indian team, spearheaded by Litton Das’ 21-ball fifty. They scored 66 off seven overs without losing a wicket before the rain interrupted the game as well.
Speaking to India Today, Sunil Gavaskar said: “I would say Bangladesh lost the game rather than India winning the game. Yes, India kept their nerves, but it was Bangladesh’s batting where they panicked and tried to play too many glory shots. If they had played smart cricket, worked the ball around for twos, they would have got 10 runs an over and that’s all that they needed.”
Liton Das, who was the first Bangladeshi wicket to fall, got out for a 27-ball 60. However, his wicket broke their momentum as India kept picking up wickets regularly as well.
“Instead of playing smart cricket, they tried to hit a six just about every ball, trying to target the short square boundaries. The Indians bowled cleverly, just out of the arc of the big shots. Hence, the shots, which otherwise would have gone for sixes were caught at long on and deep mid-wicket,” Sunil Gavaskar concluded.
Meanwhile, with this victory, Team India have reached the T20 World Cup semi-finals and they have a chance to win the title as well.