India firm their grip on WTC table; Here's how they can qualify for the final after 3-wicket win vs BAN
Team India were struggling at 74/7 in 29.3 overs, needing another 71 runs to win. The Bangladeshi spinners were all over the Indian batters. But then, Ashwin and Iyer started cautiously and used loose balls for boundaries, which helped India seal the deal.
Both batters added an unbeaten 71 runs for the 8th wicket and won the game to whitewash the home team by 2-0. This was also India's highest 8-wicket partnership in the fourth inning of a test. Ashwin remained unbeaten on 42 off 62, with four boundaries and one six.
Iyer remained not out on 29 off 46 with four boundaries. Ashwin won the "Man of the Match" award for his all-round performance in the game, as he also took six wickets in the game. This win has certainly provided India with a strong hold in the ongoing WTC table.
With this win, India has firmed up their hold on the second spot. India started the series at No. 4. The win in the first test helped them move on to No. 3. Then South Africa's loss to Australia pushed India to the No. 2 spot in the WTC table.
However, this win has strengthened their position now. Their win percentage has improved from 55.77 to 58.93. Meanwhile, Australia is in first place. South Africa (54.55) and Sri Lanka (53.33) are at Nos. 3 and 4, respectively.
The visitors started Day 4 at 45/4 with another 100 runs needed. But they lost three more wickets for just 29 runs. Mehidy Hasan Miraz completed his fifer by dismissing Rishabh Pant (9) and Axar Patel (34) in successive overs.
In the end, India registered a three-wicket win over Bangladesh. India has left to play four tests in the ongoing World Test Championship against Australia. They will host the Men in Yellow for a four-match series at home in February. They needs three wins out those four games to qualify for the WTC final.