Birmingham : The Men in Blue team secured their tryst with the World Cup semifinal. At Edgbaston, on a Tuesday oscillating between clear skies and a canopy of clouds, Virat Kohli’s men defeated Bangladesh by 28 runs to register their sixth triumph in the global tournament’s latest edition.
Team India reach semi-finals
The victory propelled India to 13 points, just behind current topper Australia (14). Bangladesh (7), meanwhile, bid farewell to its last-four hopes. India posted 314 for nine, a score that revolved around Rohit Sharma’s fourth hundred (104,92b, 7×4, 5×6) in this World Cup and there were handy contributions from K.L. Rahul (77) and Rishabh Pant (48). Mashrafe Mortaza’s men replied with 286 in 48 overs.
Team India smashes Bagladesh, reaches semi-finals
Pursuing a 300 plus target, Bangladesh needed its top-order to fire. Tamim Iqbal struck a few fours and Soumya Sarkar remained watchful against the trio of Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, who replaced Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami. But India found a breach in the 10th over as Tamim chopped Shami on to hi stamps.
Sarkar then survived an LBW review and an angry Kohli exchanged words with umpired Marais Erasmus Palliyaguruge. The Indian captain need not have expended energy as after a few overs Sarkar drilled Hardik Pandya into Kohli’s palms at short extra-cover.