Published: Wed, July 03, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

India beat Bangladesh to reach WC semis

India beat Bangladesh to reach WC semis

Kedar Jadhav and Yuzvendra Chahal could find their names struck off the final XI as India aim for a quick turnaround in their penultimate ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 group league game against a battle-hardened Bangladesh at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground here today at 3 pm IST, which is trying to stay relevant in a fight for the last-four berth. But losing wickets regularly did not help their cause. After KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma added 180 runs for the first wicket, India were looking set to post well in excess of 300.

Rohit's century against Bangladesh came after he had scored a ton against England just two day ago.

Things could have been vastly different though had Tamim Iqbal not spilled Rohit, then on nine, off Mustafizur Rahman who went on to return 5-59.

Bangladesh were eliminated on Tuesday after succumbing to their fourth defeat in eight matches while India, who prevailed by 28 runs, sailed into the last four with a match to spare.

A big India total had looked likely but Mustafizur applied the brakes further with two wickets in three balls as he had Kohli caught at mid-wicket by Rubel for 26 and Pandya caught at first slip by Soumya for a duck.

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India can still finish top of the table if they beat Sri Lanka in their final game, and Australia lose to South Africa.

Head coach Mickey Arthur is desperate for Pakistan to have their World Cup destiny in their own hands when they play Bangladesh on Friday. Had it not been him dismissing four out of Bangladesh's last six batsmen, India might have found themselves in a hard situation.

Rishabh Pant kept the runs flowing for India as he smashed 48 from 41 balls before he picked out Mosaddek Hossain at deep square leg to give Shakib his only wicket as he finished with solid figures of 1-41.

"I felt it was an important innings and he (MS Dhoni) did exactly what was right for the team". Against England, India had struggled to get off the blocks, limping to 28 in the first 10 overs. Also, India had but one six against England, that too coming in the final over of the innings. And yet again, it was Shakib Al Hasan, the MVP of the tournament, who led the way with a composed 66 off 74 balls. "When Kapil paaji won the World Cup in 1983, I was there as well", she was quoted as saying by ANI. It was left to Bumrah to deal a decisive blow for India when he had Sabbir bowled with a slow off-cutter.

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