Bangladesh’s hopes come crashing down as India wins by 28 runs


Edgbaston: India defeated Bangladesh by 28 runs, dashing its hopes of making it through to the semifinals as the two sides met at Edgbaston on Tuesday.

They were chasing a target of 315 runs set by India.

Mohammed Shami bowled out Tamim Iqbal (22) in the 10th over, bringing an end to a budding 39-run partnership that had lasted the opening powerplay. Shakib Al Hasan joined Soumya Sarkar on the crease after Iqbal’s dismissal.

The second man to go was Soumya Sarkar (33) at 15.3 overs, off of Pandya’s delivery which was caught by Indian skipper Virat Kohli at extra cover.

Mushfiqur Rahim was the third wicket down at the end of the 23rd over as he attempted a sweep off Yuzvendra Chahal’s delivery, but could not keep the ball down. It carried straight over to Mohammad Shami at midwicket.

Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan were at the time three runs shy of a 50-run partnership.

Liton Das (22), Mosaddek Hossain (3) and Shakib Al Hasan (66) all fell within the next four overs, dealing a big blow to the side’s momentum.

Then, to make matters worse Jasprit Bumrah struck at 43.1 overs to claim the wicket of Sabbir Rahman, followed by Kumar at 44.2 overs who dismissed skipper Mashrafe Mortaza.

Mohammad Saifuddin and Rubel Hossain are currently at the crease, fighting to bring up the required run rate.

India innings

India wrapped up their innings at 314-9, thanks in large part to a 180-run partnership between openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul.

India had gotten off to an impressive start as openers Rohit Sharma (104) and KL Rahul (77) maintained a high run rate from the get-go and formed a 180-run partnership, which, according to ESPN Cricinfo, is the highest opening stand of this World Cup so far.

They scored 69 in the first 10 overs — their highest score in the opening powerplay in the ongoing World Cup tournament according to ICC’s Cricket World Cup Twitter account. The men in blue seemed to have regained their batting prowess after their defeat at the hands of England at the same venue on Sunday.

This was Sharma’s fourth century during the World Cup and was scored off 92 balls. The right-handed batsman made the most of the second chance he received after Tamim Iqbal dropped a catch in the fifth over.

Bangladesh got their much-needed breakthrough in the 30th over after Sarkar dismissed Sharma soon after he scored his century. Rahul was dismissed soon after when Mushfiqur Rahim took a catch on Rubel Hossain’s ball in the 32nd over.

Mustafizur Rahman starred amongst the bowlers, bagging 5-59 in his 10 over spell. He picked the all-important wickets of skipper Virat Kohli (26) and Hardik Pandya (0) in the 39th over and got his third wicket of the day as he dismissed Dinesh Karthik (8) in the 48th over. Karthik’s wicket came soon after Rishabh Pant (48) walked back to the pavilion in the 45th over when Mosaddek Hossain took a shaky catch near the long boundary on a delivery by Shakib Al Hasan.

Rahman picked his final two wickets in the final over when he bowled Shami (1) and dismissed MS Dhoni (35), who was caught by Hasan when he tried to hit a fast bouncer.