On this day in 2016: India pull off a stunning victory over Bangladesh

MS Dhoni stood behind the stumps with only one wicket-keeping glove intact. Bangladesh needed 2 runs to win off the last ball. Hardik Pandya had the ball in his hand. Pandya ran in and delivered a short length ball. The batsman missed it. Both the Bangladesh batsmen ran, in a bid to scamper through for a single. Dhoni sprinted with the ball in his hand and uprooted the stumps. The batsman was caught inches short of his crease. India won, by a slender margin of 1 run.

On 23rd March 2016, India and Bangladesh played out a nail-biting encounter at Bengaluru in the 2016 T20 World Cup. Bangladesh won the toss and inserted the ‘Men in Blue’ to have a go with the willow. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan provided a decent start for India, as they put on a 42-run opening stand within the first 6 overs.

But then, after the dismissal of Rohit Sharma, the Indian side lost wickets at regular intervals. And at the end of their allotted 20 overs, the MS Dhoni-led side could only muster 146/7 on the board. Suresh Raina was the top scorer for the hosts and scored a valuable 30 off 23 deliveries.

In reply, the likes of Tamim Iqbal and Sabbir Rahman spearheaded the Bangladesh run chase. While Tamim scored 35 off 32 deliveries, Rahman blazed his way to a 15 ball 26. But then, Hardik Pandya held his nerve in the final over, as India won a humdinger of a clash by just 1 run.

For the Indian side, Ravichandran Ashwin was the pick of the bowlers. The crafty off-spinner bowled 4 overs and gave away just 20 runs. He also scalped the wickets of Mohammad Mithun and the dangerous Shakib Al Hasan. And, for his excellent performance with the ball, Ashwin won the Man of the Match award. Apart from Ashwin, the likes of Ravindra Jadeja and Hardik Pandya scalped 2 wickets each, as India registered a thrilling victory against their neighbours.