India knockout Bangladesh en route to sealing semi-final spot at Edgbaston
India might have succeeded in winning the match by 28 runs, but Bangladesh certainly gave them a run for their money and were in the game till the last delivery. The Tigers are out of the World Cup, but they walk out with their heads held high.
India 314-9 (50 Overs) [Rohit 104(92), Rahul 77(92); Mustafizur 5/59, Shakib 1/41]
Bangladesh 286-10 (48 Overs) [Shakib 66(74) Saifuddin 51(38); Bumrah 4/55, Hardik Pandya 3/60]
Result- India won by 28 runs
India might have succeeded in winning the match by 28 runs, but Bangladesh certainly gave them a run for their money and were in the game till the last delivery.
The 59-metre short boundary on one side of the ground, played a major role in the decision making of both sides who dropped a spinner each for a pacer.
Batting first, India got off to a flyer, for the first time in the World Cup, courtesy of Rohit Sharma's dropped catch by Tamim Iqbal off Mustafizur Rahman. KL Rahul scored a decent half-century but struggled for timing.
Sharma also departed soon after notching up his fourth century of the tournament. Rishabh Pant and MS Dhoni helped India to 314 from 50 overs, but the team was clearly 20-30 runs short of what they would have liked to achieve.
Mustafizur Rahman was sensational with the ball, and used his cutters to good effect, picking up a well-deserved five-wicket haul.
Each of the top five Bangladesh batsman got starts but failed to convert them. Hardik Pandya was key for India and used the slower delivery to his advantage, bagging three wickets, least of which was Shakib Al Hasan's dismissal for 66, a turning point in the match.
Sabbir Rahman and Mohammad Saifuddin joined to give India some headaches. After Rahman was dismissed, Saifuddin waged a lone battle and threatened to take Bangladesh over the line, before Bumrah showed his class and took two wickets of consecutive deliveries to help India win the match by 28 runs.
Team India became the second team to move to the semi-final, while Bangladesh have been knocked out of the tournament.
Bangladesh- Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Liton Das, Mushfiqur Rahim, Sabbir Rahman, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Rubel Hossain, Mashrafe Mortaza, Mustafizur Rahman
India- Lokesh Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, MS Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal
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