India finally confirmed their place in the World Cup semi-finals with a comfortable if not flawless win which eliminated spirited Bangladesh. Batting first, India set a victory target of 315 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in allotted fifty overs. In reply, Bangladesh were all out for 286 runs, in 48 over.
After Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul hit the highest opening partnership of the tournament, a fine 180, India ran out of steam to post a disappointing 314. India returned to the top of the ODI ratings above England last week and are full of experienced, proven world-class players.
India´s bowlers then combined to dismiss Bangladesh for 286 with two overs to spare after star batsman Shakib Al Hasan top-scored with a valiant 66. Jasprit Bumrah took four wickets and fellow paceman Hardik Pandya three, including the prize scalp of Shakib.
Defeat ended Bangladesh´s slim hopes of a place in the last four after they had impressed during wins over South Africa and the West Indies. The day belonged to the in-form Sharma, who played an attacking knock, hitting seven fours and five sixes in his 92-ball innings while being cheered on by another largely pro-India crowd in Birmingham.
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27 September, 2019