Indian team officially secured the semi-final spot of the World Cup 2019 after beating Bangladesh by 28 runs at Edgbaston. India now has to wait for the England-New Zealand’s match result to see who they will be facing in the semis.
At Edgbaston, India won the toss and decided to bat first on a pitch used on Sunday for India-England clash. Rohit Sharma, who is in the form of his life smashed yet another hundred in the tournament. This was his fourth in the current edition and in that process, he became the highest run scorer of World Cup 2019. He along with KL Rahul, added 180 runs for the opening partnership, their best of the tournament. Rohit (104) got out soon after scoring the hundred, while Rahul (77) again failed to convert a well made fifty into a hundred.
Kohli (26), Pant (48) and Dhoni (35), helped India to score a total above 300 on board. Although at one time India looked like scoring anything above 375 in the innings. Mustafizur restricted India to 314 in 50 overs as he took 5 Indian wickets in his ten overs quota.
Bangladesh in reply had a solid start, as their openers added 39 runs in 9 overs before Shami rattled Tamim’s defense and the ball crashed into the wickets. To chase down a target of more than 300, Bangladesh required one great partnership in the middle, but the batsmen with only chipped with low scores and small partnership.
After losing their best batsman Shakib in the 34th over at the score 179, the fans thought it was all over but Sabbir Rahman and Mohammad Saifuddin added 66 runs in 10 overs brought back the hope of winning the match. When just 29 runs were required to win, Bumrah bowled two consecutive toe-crushing yorkers to win the game for India. Bumrah picked four wickets while Pandya took 3.
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- Rohit Sharma has now 5 World Cup Hundreds; only Sachin Tendulkar has more (6) World Cup Hundreds.
- Rohit Sharma has scored 4 World Cup Hundreds in the current edition. Only Sangakkara (in 2015) has scored four hundreds in single World Cup tournament.
- One hundred eighty runs partnership between Rohit and Rahul is the highest partnership for the first wicket for India in the World Cup. Previous best was between Rohit and Dhawan off 174 runs against Ireland in 2015.
- Bumrah took four wickets, all bowled. He is the only Indian pacer to achieve this feat, and only the second Indian bowler after Anil Kumble (in hero cup final, 1993) to bowled four batsmen in an ODI inning.