ICC World Cup 2015: India thrash Bangladesh, reach semi-finals
Melbourne, March 19 (IANS): India beat Bangladesh by 109 runs to enter the cricket World Cup semi-finals at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) here on Thursday. Powered by Rohit Sharma's 137, India put up a challenging total of 302/6, which Bangladesh failed to chase down, and folded up for 193 runs in 45 overs.
Guided by Rohit, the defending champions posted a challenging total of 302/6 in 50 overs in the quarterfinal. Later, the Bangladeshi batsmen proved no match for the Indian bowlers, who skittled out the youngest Test-playing nation for 193 runs in 45 overs.
No team has ever chased down a 300-plus target at the huge MCG and Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men ensured that they maintained the record. Dhoni also entered his name into the record books to become only the third captain in One-Day International (ODI) history to win 100 matches after Allan Border (107) and Ricky Ponting (165).
Chasing 303, Bangladesh never got going and kept losing wickets steadily. Opener Tamim Iqbal (25) looked a little dangerous at the start but his wicket in the seventh over started the collapse.
None of the Bangladesh batsmen stepped up to play the anchor's role. The only notable partnership came from Nasir Hossain (35) and Sabbir Rahman (30) who struck a 50-run stand for the seventh wicket. But it was a little too late to resurrect the innings for Bangladesh, who had lost six wickets at 139 by the 36th over.
On a day when Mohammed Shami (2/37) and Mohit Sharma (1/36) went for a few runs, it was Umesh Yadav who rose to the occasion to clinch his career-best figures of 4/31. Also, with his two wickets, Shami is now the highest wicket-taker of the World Cup with 17 scalps.
The spinners were also effective. While Ravindra Jadeja (2/42) picked up a couple, offie Ravichandran Ashwin tied down the batsmen with figures of 10-1-30-0.
Earlier, Rohit's 122-run fourth-wicket partnership with Suresh Raina (65) provided the platform for India to put up a big total.
After opting to bat, India started off quite smoothly with openers Rohit and Shikhar Dhawan (30) crafting a 75-run opening wicket stand to take India through the initial overs.
The Bangladesh pacers lacked sting at the start. Seeing this, captain Mashrafe Mortaza brought in spin via Nasir Hossain in only the fifth over. When he was unsuccessful, part-time spinner Mahmudullah also rolled his arm over.
Such impact-less were the Bangladeshis that Mortaza had introduced five bowlers within the first 12 overs as Dhawan and Rohit batted with ease, without taking chances.
With none of them finding success, Mortaza brought in his key weapon -- Shakib Al Hasan -- and the left-arm spinner got immediate success when he had Dhawan stumped in the 17th over. It took eight more deliveries before Bangladesh struck again when fast bowler Rubel Hossain sent back Virat Kohli (3).
Bangladesh stepped up the pressure on India, curbing their run flow. Under pressure, middle-order bat Ajinkya Rahane (19) did not last long, chipping one to mid-off to put India in more than a spot of bother at 115/3 in the 28th over.
Enter Raina. The left-hander cut loose from the start to up the ante. Seeing his partner, Rohit also started going for the shots. Raina, who scored a match-winning unbeaten century in the last game against Zimbabwe, brought his form into this crucial contest to hit seven boundaries and a six in his 57-ball innings.
The two smashed 50 runs in the batting powerplay (35-40 overs) to help India reach 205/3. India have till now not lost even a single wicket in the batting powerplay, unlike other teams in the tournament.
After Raina fell in the 44th over, Rohit kept up his strokeplay to bring up his seventh ODI century and become one of only three non-Australians to hit two hundreds at MCG along with David Gower and Viv Richards. Rohit's ton was studded with 14 fours and three sixes.
In the end, Ravindra Jadeja's unbeaten 15-ball 23-run cameo helped India cross the 300-run mark with 97 runs coming off the last 10 overs.
Pacer Taskin Ahmed, 19, was the pick of the Bangladeshi bowlers, picking up three wickets including that of Rohit.
Defending champions India will now play the semi-final against the winners of the Australia vs Pakistan quarter-final.
Rohit Sharma b Taskin Ahmed 137
Shikhar Dhawan st Mushfiqur Rahim b Shakib Al Hasan 30
Virat Kohli c Mushfiqur Rahim b Rubel Hossain 3
Ajinkya Rahane c Shakib Al Hasan b Taskin Ahmed 19
Suresh Raina c Mushfiqur Rahim b Mashrafe Mortaza 65
M.S. Dhoni c Nasir Hossain b Taskin Ahmed 6
Ravindra Jadeja not out 23
Ravichandran Ashwin not out 3
Extras (b 4, lb 7, w 3, nb 2) 16
Total (6 wickets; 50 overs) 302
Fall of wickets: 1-75 (Dhawan, 16.3 overs), 2-79 (Kohli, 17.5), 3-115 (Rahane, 27.6), 4-237 (Raina, 43.5), 5-273 (Rohit Sharma, 46.6), 6-296 (Dhoni, 48.6).
Mashrafe Mortaza 10-0-69-1
Taskin Ahmed 10-0-69-3
Nasir Hossain 9-0-35-0
Rubel Hossain 10-0-56-1
Shakib Al Hasan 10-0-58-1
Tamim Iqbal c Dhoni b Yadav 25
Imrul Kayes run out (Jadeja/Yadav) 5
Soumya Sarkar c Dhoni b Mohammed Shami 29
Mahmudullah c Dhawan b Mohammed Shami 21
Shakib Al Hasan c Mohammed Shami b Jadeja 10
Mushfiqur Rahim c Dhoni b Yadav 27
Sabbir Rahman c Mohammed Shami b Yadav 30
Nasir Hossain c Ashwin b Jadeja 35
Mashrafe Mortaza c Dhoni b Mohit Sharma 1
Rubel Hossain c Ashwin b Yadav 0
Taskin Ahmed not out 0
Extras (b 1, lb 1, w 8) 10
Total (all out; 45 overs) 193
Fall of wickets: 1-33 (Tamim Iqbal, 6.3), 2-33 (Imrul Kayes, 6.4), 3-73 (Mahmudullah, 16.6), 4-90 (Soumya Sarkar, 20.4), 5-104 (Shakib Al Hasan, 28.2), 6-139 (Mushfiqur Rahim, 35.1), 7-189 (Nasir Hossain, 42.6), 8-192 (Mashrafe Mortaza, 43.6), 9-193 (Rubel Hossain, 44.4), 10-193 (Sabbir Rahman, 44.6).
Umesh Yadav 9-1-31-4
Mohammed Shami 8-1-37-2
Mohit Sharma 7-0-36-1
Ravichandran Ashwin 10-1-30-0
Suresh Raina 3-1-15-0
Ravidra Jadeja 8-0-42-2
Toss: India chose to bat
Man-of-the-match: Rohit Sharma
Umpires: Aleem Dar (Pakistan) and Ian Gould (England)
TV umpire: Steve Davis (Australia)
Match referee: Roshan Mahanama (Sri Lanka)
Reserve umpire: Paul Reiffel (Australia)