WATCH: KL Rahul’s game-changing direct hit ends Litton Das’ fearless knock

WATCH: KL Rahul’s game-changing direct hit ends Litton Das’ fearless knock

KL Rahul's direct hit ends Litton Das' knock

Rain was the spoilsport for Bangladesh, as they couldn’t control the momentum after it. But the massive breakthrough was given by KL Rahul when his long-range direct hit ended Litton Das‘ stay at the crease on Wednesday [November 2] at the Adelaide Oval.

After the rain, overs were reduced to 16 and runs to 151. But Bangladeshi opener Litton and Najmul Hossain Shanto got their team off to a dream start when the former completed his half-centuries within the powerplay. Littons’ power hitting added 60/0 in seven overs when rain suspended the game for a while.

India would have faced a major disappointment if the rain marred this match; however, they could only thank heaven for its downpour. Under pressure, Rohit Sharma handed the ball to Ravichandran Ashwin– a spinner. Against off-spin, Litton has got dismissed six times in 10 innings.

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Bangladesh’s collapse started after KL Rahul’s direct hit to run out Litton Das

KL Rahul
KL Rahul’s direct hit ends Litton Das’ knock

But it wasn’t Ravichandran Ashwin who gave the massive relief to the Men in Blue but KL Rahul. On the second ball of the eight over, Najmul Shanto whipped the ball toward the deep mid-wicket and completed a run. But he and Litton wanted to steal a second run when Rahul’s rocket throw sent Litton to the dugout, sending relief to the Indian side and fans.

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Coming to the match, India set a competitive target of 184/6 courtesy of Virat Kohli and Rahul’s half-centuries, not forgetting Suryakumar Yadav’s 30-run quickfire. After rain halted the proceedings, the Bangla Tigers had to score 84 runs from 54 deliveries with all 10 wickets in hand.

Once the game resumed, Litton’s (60 runs off 27 balls) departure triggered a collapse. Shanto started attacking till Mohammed Shami, on his first ball, ended his innings. Arshdeep Singh bowled the last over, when 20 runs were needed; in the end, despite Nurul Hasan’s smashing, India were able to seal the thriller by five runs to reach the top of the points table in Group 2.

It’s been the story when we play India. We’re almost there but don’t cross the line,” Bangladeshi skipper Shakib Al Hasan said during the post-match presentation. “We’re almost there but don’t cross the line. It was a great game, the crowd enjoyed, both teams enjoyed, in the end someone has to win and someone has to lose. Litton is batting really well, probably he’s our best batsman going round,” he added. And that’s how today’s thriller ended.

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