It was only in the 88th minute that centre-back Adil Khan headed in a goal to equalise.

In FIFA 2022 World Cup Qualifier match at the Salt Lake Stadium, Adil Khan’s late equaliser helped India to 1-1 draw against lowly-ranked Bangladesh.

Saad Uddin gave Bangladesh the lead in the 42nd minute and the visitors looked like going back home with all the three points.

Adil Khan, however, ensured that India at least secure a point from the home match. Adil Khan header saved the blushes for India, who played their worst game of the campaign, as the home side played out a 1-1 draw against Bangladesh in their World Cup qualifiers match here on Tuesday at the Vivekananda Yuva Varati Krirangan.

Indian soccer team players acknowledge the crowd in their World Cup 2022 group E qualifying match against Bangladesh in Kolkata, India, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)

India now have two points from three matches, while Bangladesh stay at the bottom with one point from three games.

It was Rahul Bheke who conceded a freekick on the left and Bangladesh captain Jamal Bhuyan curled it in to the far post where Gurpreet missed the flight completely and Saad Uddin finished it with a diving header.

Gurpreet misjudged the flight of the ball to let in the Bangladesh’s goal to the stunning silence of the packed 65,000-plus crowd.

In the first-half, India had their share of chances. One such chance was in the 18th minute when Bheke’s powerful header zoomed over the crosspiece.

India had their first shot on target in the fifth minute when Manvir Singh floated in a long-ball with Ashique Kuruniyan leaving it for Chhetri but our captain volleyed it straight to the Bangladeshi goalkeeper Ashraful Islam Rana.

In the second half India made a flurry of chances but the Bangladesh defence gave a good account of themselves with Ibrahim making a goal-line clearance from Anas Edathodika’s header.

The 104-ranked India thus are yet to win against Bangladesh since 1999 when the Blue Tigers had won 1-0 in the SAFF Games.

Bangladesh stay unbeaten from three matches against India. The last two matches between the two teams, in 2013 and 2014, ended in 1-1 and 2-2 draws respectively.

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