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TThrillers and nail-biting contests have played an important role in popularizing cricket. The recent success of T20 World Cup 2022 is one of the best examples. With some surprisingly close matches, this year’s T20 World Cup proved that fans enjoy games where two teams’ nerves are tested. However, it becomes a challenge for the cricketers to win such games.
Talking about India’s performances in thrillers in the one-day format, records show that the Men in Blue have pulled off the unthinkable many times, including the famous 2002 NatWest Trophy final win. On the other hand, the team has had a bitter experience even in close matches.
In 2009, chasing a target of 351 against Australia in an ODI in Hyderabad, the Men in Blue lost a thriller by just three runs. Recently, a similar incident happened to Rohit Sharma and his men as they lost the contest by just one wicket. For the fans, this defeat by a narrow margin has become difficult to digest as India dominated the match at one point.
To further discuss that new defeat, below are three instances when India lost by one wicket:
3. India vs Bangladesh in 2022 ODI Series
India is currently touring Bangladesh to play three ODIs and two Tests. The Indian team batted first in the first ODI held at Mirpur Sher Bangla Stadium. For the Indian openers, the challenge was to give the team a tough start. Such as with huge names Rohit SharmaWith Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, and KL Rahul, India were looking for a strong batting line-up.
But Shakib Al Hasan used his experience and skill to destroy the Indian batting line-up and pick up a sensational five-wicket haul. Shakib was supported by pacers Ebadat Hussain and Mehdi Hasan who took four and one wickets respectively to bundle out the Indian innings for 186 runs in 41.2 overs. In his five-wicket haul, he also picked up the wickets of Rohit and Kohli.
Chasing a target of 187 runs, Bangladesh suffered a setback early on when Deepak Chaha dismissed Nazmul Hossain Shanto on his first delivery. Liton Das and Anamul Haque slowly took the innings forward after the first blow, but the wicket of Mohammad Siraj created more pressure on the hosts. After the fall of the second wicket for 26 runs, Das and Shakib put on a partnership of 48 runs.
But with the departure of Das on 41 and Hasan on 29, India clawed their way back into the game and to further control it, the Men in Blue picked up wickets at regular intervals. After picking up nine wickets for just 136 runs, India were expected to win comfortably but Mehdi Hasan Miraj, along with Mustafizur Rahman, put on an unbeaten 51 for the tenth wicket to hand India a memorable one-wicket defeat.