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In what could have been a high-scoring contest on a flat Edgbaston turf, India limited Bangladesh to 264 for 7, in semi-final II of ICC Champions Trophy 2017. Fifties from Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim had put India in a spot of bother, but they spectacularly imploded in the middle overs only to recover in the death. The best bowling services came from the unlikeliest of sources: Kedar Jadhav dismissed Tamim and Mushfiqur to spin momentum towards India. Full cricket scorecard: India vs Bangladesh

There was a thin film of grass, with clouds looming over in spells. Virat Kohli chose to field first. To India’s advantage, there was enough wind to hover the ball. Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar only had to exploit what was on offer.

When Tamim Iqbal left the first ball, MS Dhoni collected it waist-high, indicating that the track had enough purchase as well. Bhuvneshwar often hit the seam around middle and off, with two slips waiting for the ball to fly off the outside edge and in their hands. In the pursuit of swinging it in, the ball held its line and moved away from Soumya Sarkar. Trying to cover-drive, he induced an inside-edge and chopped it onto the stumps. India drew first blood in the very first over.

The situation gave an impression that India would wrap up the innings well before 50 overs. However, Bangladesh had plans in place: counterattack or wait for India to run through the batting.

Sabbir Rahman collected a boundary off the very first ball. On another day the ball would have kissed the edge and into the slip cordon, but Sabbir made a good ball look ordinary. He then targeted Bhuvneshwar, so much so that he danced down the track and lofted over extra-cover. To end the over, he eased one past cover-point.

The fall of wicket did not bog Bangladesh whatsoever. The intent to not let India settle put them in command. However, India did not let Bangladesh off the hook either. They maintained line and length that would make Bangladesh toil hard for brisk runs. Meanwhile, Tamim played the second fiddle.

Amidst the carnage, Sabbir overlooked the set-up Bhuvneshwar was trapping him into. He started the over with a short ball, following it up with a back of length. The third ball was a slower delivery on off and the fourth a bouncer. To put things into perspective, Bhuvneshwar pushed him on the back foot, eventually surprising him with a knuckle ball a delivery he often used in IPL 10 to outfox the batsmen.

Sabbir, thinking it was a regulation medium-fast delivery, flashed it but the low elevation placed it in the hands of Ravindra Jadeja at backward point. Bangladesh were 31 for 2 in 6.5 overs.

Mushfiqur Rahim joined Tamim and thus began India’s frustration. The veterans added 123 for the third wicket at a run rate of 5.81. Kohli tried all his options from Ravichandran Ashwin to Hardik Pandya.

Unlike he did in his last match, Ashwin was on the shorter side. Perhaps the right-left-combination made him difficult to use the tricks of his trades with conviction. Tamim hit a six off him. Mushfiqur played scoop off him. In other words Ashwin could not weave his magic the way he often does. Same was the case for Jadeja. He shortened the trajectory instead of tossing it up. He strayed down instead of maintaining the same line. If anything, Bangladesh are naturally good against spinners.

India needed a man with a golden arm. There always is Yuvraj Singh, but he has not bowled in a while. Shikhar Dhawan was banned once and did not even bother to correct his action. Why would he? Rohit Sharma can roll his arm over with his off-spinners, but Kohli prefers himself over him. That leaves Kedar Jadhav, who had taken 5 wickets in a three-ODI series against New Zealand over half a year ago.

Jadhav started with a six-run over, all coming in singles. The next over was a legion of bad deliveries, and that after all the hard work undid Bangladesh. Jadhav bowled so slow that Tamim was way early into his shot, letting it violate his defence. The breakthrough India were painfully looking for came from Jadhav. That was not it. Bangladesh lost the plot, that Mushfiqur heaved a full-toss to midwicket. The ball that should have been punished garnered a wicket, and all of a sudden Jadhav had 2 for 22 in 6 overs.

It was the dot balls that invited the collapse, the ploy that pushed Pakistan in the final. India’s story unfolded the same in the middle overs despite going for runs before. From 154 for 2 in 28 overs, Bangladesh entered death overs at 202 for 5.

Bangladesh lost 2 more wickets. Bumrah castled Mahmadullah with a peach of yorker, while he had Mosaddek Hossain caught and bowled.

Then began a barrage of lucky reasons. Pacers bowled perfect yorkers and the ball went off the edges past Dhoni. Pacers bowled well-directed bouncers and the ball went over Dhoni’s head. Edge or off the middle of the bat, Bangladesh did not mind unless the runs came thick and fast. Mashrafe Mortaza and Taskin Ahmed added 35 runs off 5 overs to take Bangladesh to a competitive total.

Bangladesh 264 for 7 in 50 overs (Tamim Iqbal 70, Mushfiqur Rahim 61; Kedar Jadhav 2 for 22, Jasprit Bumrah 2 for 40) vs India.

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