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.
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.
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BOWLED HIM! IT’S ALL OVER! INDIA WIN AND QUALIFIES FOR THE SEMI-FINALS.
FOUR! Fifty up for Shaifuddin. Good Innings from him under pressure.
OUT! KNICKED AND CAUGHT! Bhuvneshwar Kumar strikes.
OUT! BOWLED HIM! Bumrah strikes.
17 from the over.
Shakib Al Hasan is OUT! Huge moment in the game. An important wicket for India.
OUT! EDGED AND BOWLED. Mossadek Hossein departs. Bowled by Bumrah.
OUT! Liton Das heads back to the dugout. Hardik Pandya with a good reply after being struck for a six.
Fifty for Shakib.
OUT! CAUGHT! Much needed wicket for India. Chahal dismisses Mushfiqur Rahim.
OUT! CAUGHT! Soumya Sarkar was looking good.
OUT! EDGED AND BOWLED! Tamim Iqbal is gone.
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.
OUT! Dinesh Karthik is out.
OUT! CAUGHT! Rishabh Pant departs.
Hattrick of boundaries. Rishabh Pant counter attacks Shaifuddin.
OUT! Hardik Pandya departs for a duck.
OUT! Virat Kohli caught at mid-wicket.
FOUR! Edged and races towards fine leg.
SIX! Rishabh Pant steps down and smashes one into the stands.
OUT! KL Rahul departs for 77.
OUT! HITMAN DEPARTS! SOUMYA SARKAR provides the breakthrough.
HUNDRED!!! What a knock from Rohit Sharma.
IND 162/0 (25)
350+ from here would be a massive total.
FOUR! UP IN THE AIR BUT THERE WAS NO ONE!
SIX! THAT’S Humongous! Rohit Sharma attacks Mossadek.
IND 117/0 (19)
Fifty up for KL Rahul as well.
Fifty up for Rohit Sharma. Blistering innings so far.
50 runs partnership between these two
FOUR! KL Rahul targets Shaifuddin.
FOUR! KL Rahul flicks one towards fine leg.
SIX! Rohit ‘HITMAN’ Sharma strikes.
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.
SIX!!! Rohit Sharma gets in on the act.