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India has qualified for the Cricket World Cup semi-finals after Rohit Sharma’s ton inspired them to 28 runs win over Bangladesh.

India had won the toss at Edgbaston and Virat Kohli elected to bat first against Bangladesh in their World Cup match at Birmingham.

India made two alterations, bringing in Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Dinesh Karthik to replace Kuldeep Yadav and Kedar Jadhav.

Man of the match Rohit Sharma hammered (104) and had a 180-run opening partnership with KL Rahul (77) to help India to a commanding 314-9 at Edgbaston.

Bangladesh, in their reply, fell short by 28 runs despite battling half-centuries by Shakib Al Hasan and Mohammad Shaifuddin.

Jasprit Bumrah (4-55) and Hardik Pandya (3-60) shared seven wickets as the Indian bowlers struck at regular intervals to deny Bangladesh significant partnerships.

Rohit Sharma: 

I had a great feeling right at the start. The pitch was good to bat on, a used pitch. Initially wanted to take some time, assess, and see where we go from there.

This World Cup, the first game against South Africa the conditions were challenging, last time against England too, the pitch wasn’t coming onto the bat as I would have liked and they used the conditions well. Batting first, there’s no scoreboard conditions so we wanted to come out and be positive.

I was lucky early on [dropped by Iqbal] but fortune favours the brave I guess. I never think about the shorter boundary when I bat if I’m good touch then my game is about piercing the field.

My mantra is whatever happened in the past, keep it there. That’s what I’m trying to do. It’s critical that guys in-form continue that form.

India’s semi-final opponent is yet to be decided with 2 spots still up for grabs. India will be in action on Saturday, as they entertain neighbours Sri Lanka at Headingley in Leeds.


Follow the action live:

Bangladesh Innings

BAN 286

BOWLED HIM! IT’S ALL OVER! INDIA WIN AND QUALIFIES FOR THE SEMI-FINALS.

BAN 286/9

BOWLED HIM!

BAN 285/8

FOUR! Fifty up for Shaifuddin. Good Innings from him under pressure.

BAN 257/8

OUT! KNICKED AND CAUGHT! Bhuvneshwar Kumar strikes.

BAN 245/7

OUT! BOWLED HIM! Bumrah strikes.

BAN 208/6

17 from the over.

BAN 179/6

Shakib Al Hasan is OUT! Huge moment in the game. An important wicket for India.

BAN 173/5

OUT! EDGED AND BOWLED. Mossadek Hossein departs. Bowled by Bumrah.

BAN 164/4

OUT! Liton Das heads back to the dugout. Hardik Pandya with a good reply after being struck for a six.

BAN 148/3

Fifty for Shakib.

BAN 121/3

OUT! CAUGHT! Much needed wicket for India. Chahal dismisses Mushfiqur Rahim.

BAN 74/2

OUT! CAUGHT! Soumya Sarkar was looking good.

BAN 39/1

OUT! EDGED AND BOWLED! Tamim Iqbal is gone.

BAN 18/0

FOUR!


India Innings

IND 314/9 (50)

Miserable display from the Indian middle order. Dhoni once again fails to show any intent. Bangladesh needs 316 runs to win.

IND 298/6

OUT! Dinesh Karthik is out.

IND 277/5

OUT! CAUGHT! Rishabh Pant departs.

IND 249/4

Hattrick of boundaries. Rishabh Pant counter attacks Shaifuddin.

IND 237/4

OUT! Hardik Pandya departs for a duck.

IND 237/3

OUT! Virat Kohli caught at mid-wicket.

IND 231/2

FOUR! Edged and races towards fine leg.

IND 203/2

SIX! Rishabh Pant steps down and smashes one into the stands.

IND 195/2

OUT! KL Rahul departs for 77.

IND 176/1

OUT! HITMAN DEPARTS! SOUMYA SARKAR provides the breakthrough.

IND 176/0

HUNDRED!!! What a knock from Rohit Sharma.

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IND 162/0 (25)

350+ from here would be a massive total.

IND 144/0

FOUR! UP IN THE AIR BUT THERE WAS NO ONE!

IND 134/0

SIX! THAT’S Humongous! Rohit Sharma attacks Mossadek.

IND 117/0 (19)

Fifty up for KL Rahul as well.

IND 85/0

Fifty up for Rohit Sharma. Blistering innings so far.

IND 52/0

50 runs partnership between these two

IND 46/0

FOUR! KL Rahul targets Shaifuddin.

IND 42/0

FOUR! KL Rahul flicks one towards fine leg.

IND 27/0

SIX! Rohit ‘HITMAN’ Sharma strikes.

IND 20/0

IN THE AIR AND DROPPED! Rohit Sharma escapes. it was an easy catch.

IND 18/0 (4)

Good recovery from Bangladesh after conceding 10 from the first over.

IND 10/0 (1)

Great start to the Indian innings.

IND 8/0

SIX!!! Rohit Sharma gets in on the act.

 

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