After India won the match against Bangladesh by 5 runs (DLS method) on Nov 2nd at Sydney. Now, Men in blue are very close to making the place the in the semis. But the final position on the table will be decided after the last match of Super 12, which will be played between India vs. Zimbabwe on 6th Nov at Melbourne.
The last match played between India and Bangladesh was full of controversy. First, Shakib Al Hasan showed his anger when the umpire gave a wide ball, and later while fielding Virat Kohli pretended a throw, which was against the rule, and the umpire didn’t fined it as 5 runs, whereas Bangladeshi wicketkeeper Nurul Hasan accused it as a “fake fielding”. The run-out of the Dinesh Karthik incident was also a part of the controversy, and the most controversial part of the game was that the game resumed just after the rain stopped.
After the match, a reporter asked to former Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi about restarting the game just after the rain delay and also went pulling the leg of ICC, saying they are ensuring that “India reach the final”.
“Shakib Al Hasan bhi yehi keh rahe the. Aur woh screen par bhi dikhaya gaya. Aap ne ground dekha jo ki geeli thi. Par mujhe lagta hai ki ICC ka jhukaav jo hai, woh zara India ko kisi tareeke se semifinal pohuchaane ke liye kar raha hai. Aur umpires bhi wohi the jo Pakistan ke match mein the. Puuri duniya ke behtereen umpire ka award bhi unko jaana chahiye(Shakib Al Hasan said the same thing and it was shown on the screen as well. You saw the ground and how wet it was. But I feel that the ICC is somewhat inclined toward India. They want to ensure that India reaches the semifinals at any cost. And the umpires were also the same who officiated India vs Pakistan game. The world knows they will get the best umpire awards).,” he said live on SAMAA TV.
He also praised Litton Das for his blazing innings of 60 off 27 balls, after his dismissal, Bangladesh’s 6 wickets fell like a deck of cards on just 40 runs, and he also gave a reaction about the ‘inclination of ICC toward India’.
“I know what happened. Given the amount of rain, the game resumed immediately after the break. It is very evident that ICC, then India playing, then the pressure that comes with it, there are many factors involved, but Litton’s batting was amazing. He played positive cricket. After six overs, we felt that if Bangladesh didn’t lose wickets for another 2-3 overs, they would have won the match. Overall, the fight shown by Bangladesh was brilliant,” Afridi pointed out.