India beat Bangladesh by 28 runs with two overs to spare, securing their spot in the ICC Cricket World Cup semi-finals on Tuesday, July 2nd.
Rohit Sharma was the star of the show yet again, just as he has been throughout the tournament. The 32-year-old was dropped in single figures for the second game in a row, but just like in the last game he managed to hit a century, this time managing 104. Thanks to his strong performance, India managed an impressive 314-9 despite strong bowling from Bangladesh’s Mustafizur Rahman.
Bangladesh failed to catch them in their reply, managing only 286 with two overs to spare. Shakib Al Hasan was the top scorer for the Tigers with 66.
The result means Virat Kohli’s side is now certain to be in the semi-finals as Bangladesh are confirmed to be out. The BBC reported that India’s captain Kohli spoke after the game and praised Sharma for his performance. “This was a team picked specifically for this ground with a small boundary. We can’t be stubborn and play the same team every game.
“I have been watching Rohit for years now, he is the best ODI player around. He is a joy to watch and is having the tournament of his life. “When he plays well, we know we are heading for a big score. He gives everyone confidence to go out and bat.”
Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza also spoke after the game and rued his side’s defeat. “It was a good effort - Mustafizur bowled well - but if one of the batsmen could have got to 80 or 90, it might have been different.
“We were asking too much in the end. A bit of luck didn’t go our way either.”