Published On: Thu, Mar 19th, 2015

Cricket :India vs Bangladesh World Cup 2015


India, rising in confidence with every match, has beaten Bangladesh by 109 runs on Thursday in the quarter-finals of the World Cup. The defending world champions made light effort of their clash at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, surpassing their Asian neighbours to stretch their undefeated run at the tournament to seven games.

India will now play either with Australia or Pakistan in the semi-finals in Sydney following week and on current form, they will be tough to beat. Batting first, India gathered a discouraging total of 302 for six, built on the back of a superb century from Rohit Sharma, who accomplished his first World Cup hundred with a share of luck. One of the most daring batsmen in the world, his return to form could not have come at a better time for an Indian team that fight back in the lead-up to the World Cup but is swiftly gaining force.

Rohit was caught in the profound when he was on 90 but was given a second life when the referees ruled that Rubel Hossain’s delivery was above waist-height and hence a no-ball, although television replays recommended otherwise. Rohit went on to make 137 off 126 balls, emphasized by 14 boundaries and three sixes, while the left-handed Suresh Raina whittled in a with a quick-fire 65 after India had swayed along to 115-3 and required a boost.

Bangladesh, performing in their first World Cup quarter-final, kept the Indian batsmen in check through the first 35 overs, delaying their run-rate with their spin bowlers. But they dropped their heads after Rohit was given his acquittal and gave up 147 runs off the last 15 overs, leaving themselves a close impossible run chase at one of cricket’s largest and most threatening cauldrons. Bangladesh is one of the most developed sides in cricket. They defeated England to make the quarter-finals but found India too hot.

Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes came out all guns raging; smacking 31 off the first six overs but when they fell in succeeding balls in the next over the run-chase was hopeless. Their frustrations were compounded by India’s brilliant fielding, once one of their weakest points but now one of their toughest. India has bowled out their adversaries in all seven matches they have played at the World Cup, another menacing warning for their remaining opponents. Shikhar Dhawan took a manipulated catch on the fine leg edge rope to send Mahmudullah, who had scored two consecutive hundreds in the Pool stage, on his way for 21. Then the Indian captain and wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni took a plunging catch to remove Soumya Sarkar for 29 to excellently end any confidences of a Bangladesh upset