1-Run Win vs Bangladesh, ODI Game in Aus: India’s Top 5 Matches

The Quint takes a look at India’s top five matches across all formats in 2016.

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Virat Kohli. (Photo: Reuters)

The Indian cricket team had a fantastic 2016, especially in the Test arena. Virat Kohli led his team to victory in all Test series this year – 2-0 vs West Indies, 3-0 vs New Zealand and 4-0 vs England. And more importantly, India were not beaten in even a single Test match.

The men in blue lost only two series this year – 4-1 to Australia (ODI) down under and 1-0 to West Indies (T20) in the US.

The other setback of the year took place in the World T20, when India were knocked by the eventual champions West Indies in the semi-final.

Virat Kohli finished the year as the top run scorer in T20s with 641 runs, while Ravichandran Ashwin and Jasprit Bumrah completed 2016 as the top wicket-takers in Tests (72 wickets) and T20s (28 wickets) respectively.

The Quint takes a look at India’s top five matches across all formats in 2016.

India Beat Bangladesh by One Run in World T20

The match between India and Bangladesh in the World T20 in March, will never be remembered for any brilliant batting or bowling performance, but for the glove work done by India’s limited-overs captain MS Dhoni.

Bangladesh’s Tamim Iqbal top scored in the match with 35 runs and no bowler took more than two wickets in the match.

While chasing India’s relatively low total of 146/7, Bangladesh needed just 11 runs from the last over.

Things got worse for India when Mushfiqur Rahim smashed the second and third ball of the last over for four and reduced the equation to two runs needed to win from three balls.

Hardik Pandya held his nerve and dismissed Rahim and Mahmudullah in the next two deliveries.

Dhoni knew the Bangladeshi batsmen will take a run at any cost, so he removed his right glove before the last ball was bowled.

Pandya bowls, Shuvagata Hom misses, Dhoni collects the ball, runs and breaks the stumps. And guess what? The non-striker Mustafizur Rahman gets run out and India win the match by one run.

2. Manish Pandey’s Century vs Australia

When India entered the fifth ODI of the series in Sydney, they were staring at a 5-0 defeat to the Australians. And their fate was sealed when David Warner and Mitchell Marsh notched hundreds and helped Australia set a daunting target of 331 runs.

But the Indians were determined to have something to smile about in the ODI series. Openers Rohit Sharma (99) and Shikhar Dhawan (78) got India off to a great start.

Manish Pandey, who was only playing 4th ODI of his career, joined Rohit Sharma at 134/2.

Pandey, who smashed 104* off 81 balls, strung two big partnerships with Rohit Sharma (97 runs) and MS Dhoni (94 runs) before taking India home in the final over.

India won the match by six wickets.

3. India Miss Record Chase in T20s By Two Runs

KL Rahul and MS Dhoni were the last two Indian batsmen at the crease. (Photo: BCCI)
KL Rahul and MS Dhoni were the last two Indian batsmen at the crease. (Photo: BCCI)

India almost pulled off a record run chase in T20s when they were chasing West Indies’ mammoth total of 245/6 in the first T20 of the two-match series in Florida.

After getting off to a shaky start, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul figured the bowling attack quickly and began smashing sixes and fours all over the park.

After the duo put on 89 runs from 43 balls, the Mumbai lad fell to Kieron Pollard for 62 runs.

However, MS Dhoni continued where Rohit left off. The rain of boundaries continued and ahead of the last over, India needed just eight runs to win the match.

Marlon Samuels made the biggest mistake of his life when he put down an easy catch off Dhoni’s bat in the first ball of the final over bowled by Dwayne Bravo.

Dhoni (43) and Rahul (110) took three singles and a double in the next four deliveries and reduced the equation to two runs needed off the last ball.

Bravo bowls a slower delivery, Dhoni while trying to hit it to short third man for a two, gives a catch to Marlon Samuels and gets out!

West Indies won the match by one run.

4. Kohli, Raina, Rohit Counter Watson’s 1st T20 Century

India’s Virat Kohli bats during the third T20 against Australia. (Photo: Reuters) 
India’s Virat Kohli bats during the third T20 against Australia. (Photo: Reuters) 

After the then Australian T20 captain Aaron Finch was ruled out of the third T20 due to a hamstring injury, Shane Watson took over the captaincy and led from the front in style.

When all the batsmen, failed around him, the all-rounder smashed 124 off 71 balls and recorded his first T20 hundred.

The right-hand batsman single-handedly took Australia to a big total of 197/5.

India, who were 2-0 up in the series, came out to bat with nothing to lose. Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli notched fifties and Suresh Raina scored 49 runs off 25 balls.

When India needed 17 runs from the final over, Yuvraj Singh smacked Andrew Tye for a six and four off the first two balls and Raina wrapped up the match with a boundary in the last ball of the over.

India won the match by seven wickets.

5. Karun Nair, KL Rahul Help India Post Her Highest Test Total

Karun Nair. (Photo: AP)
Karun Nair. (Photo: AP)

India notched most of their Test match wins in 2016 very easily, but in the last Test against England, the team showed that they are not just happy with a draw but they want to win from any situation.

During the course of the Test, Karun Nair became the second Indian to score a triple century in Tests after Virender Sehwag. And KL Rahul agonosingly got dismissed at 199.

The two scores were largely responsible for India posting their highest ever Test total of 759/7d, while chasing England’s first innings total of 477.

When Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings took England to 97/0 at lunch on the final day, most teams would have given up and settled for a draw, but not this Indian team.

Ravindra Jadeja produced a masterclass in the second and third session and picked up seven wickets for just 48 runs.

England were bundled out for 207 runs and lost the match by an innings and 75 runs.

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