India registered a memorable win against England at Nagpur T20I by just five runs. They defended a target of 145 thanks to Jasprit Bumrah’s superb death-over bowling. This was India’s second lowest score defended in T20Is. Cricwizz takes a look at India’s best wins in T20Is while defending a totals less than 160.
India beat Pakistan in 2007 World T20 final by five runs: India had put up a competitive score of 157/5 and had Pakistan on the mat at 77/6. However, Misbah-ul-Haq waged a lone battle, helping Pakistan to make a remarkable comeback. The equation boiled down to 13 runs off 6 balls. MS Dhoni played a gamble by choosing to bowl Joginder Sharma, who bowled the over of his career. Joginder got smashed for a six on the second ball, but he maintained his cool to dismiss Misbah and win the World Cup for India. With six runs needed off 4 balls, Misbah attempted a scoop, but fails to get past short fine-leg where S Sreesanth took a comfortable catch and sealed a memorable triumph for India. India won the final by 5 runs.
India beat South Africa by 1 run at Colombo in 2012 World T20: India needed to win this match by a big margin to qualify for the semis. But it was not meant to be. They scored 152/6 in 20 overs. India eked out a 1-run win when at one stage South Africa were looking to make it look like an easy chase. South Africa were 127/5, needing 26 runs off 16 balls. However, India made a strong comeback, bowling out South Africa for 151 to win by a run. With 14 runs needed off 6 balls, Balaji conceded 12 runs and took two wickets to bowl India to a memorable win.
India beat Bangladesh by a run in 2016 World T20: This was more of Bangladesh losing the match than India winning it. India had set a competitive target of 147. Bangladesh looked on course for a historic win with 2 needed off three balls. And then panic struck in Bangladesh rank who looked to finish off in style. Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah holed out in the deep off consecutive balls and then skipper MS Dhoni ran out Mustafizur Rahman to win the match by just a run. What a thriller!
India beat Zimbabwe at Harare in 2016: India were struggling at 76/4 in 13th over in the third and deciding T20I against Zimbabwe. Kedar Jadhav then played a gem of an innings (58) to take India to a competitive score of 138/6 in 20 overs. India kept on taking wickets at regular intervals, but Zimbabwe were up for the fight. Zimbabwe needed 21 off 6 balls. Zimbabwe scored 17 off the over and fell short by three runs. Zimbabwe needed a four off the last ball, but E Chigumbura hit it straight to Y Chahal off Barinder Sran. India sealed the series 2-1.
India beat England by 5 runs at Nagpur in 2017: On a difficult pitch, India managed 144 in 20 overs. England were cruising to win with 32 runs needed off last four overs and Ben Stokes going hammer and tongs. But the timely dismissal of Stokes by Nehra saw momentum shift in India’s favour. Bumrah conceded just five runs in his last two overs (18th and 20th over of India’s innings) to see India home by 5 runs. Also, India were lucky to see the LBW dismissal of Joe Root went in their favour in the last over. Nevertheless, it was a good performance by Team India and their bowlers.