Rohit Sharma hit his first World Cup century, and Umesh Yadav claimed four wickets as India got the better of Bangladesh by 109 runs on Thursday at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) to progress to the semi-finals of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, joining South Africa. After winning the toss and batting first, India posted 302 for 6 on the board courtesy a wonderful century from Rohit Sharma and 65 from Suresh Raina. In response, Bangladesh were never in the hunt as Umesh Yadav claimed 4 for 31 to play the stellar role in bowling Bangladesh out for 193.
Above photo: MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 19: Players from India celebrate, after India defeated Bangladesh at the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup match between India and Bangldesh at Melbourne Cricket Ground on March 19, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
After winning the toss and deciding to bat first, India were off to a bright start as Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma added 75 for the first wicket in 16.3 overs. But, Bangladesh hit back hard with quick wickets. Shikhar Dhawan was foxed by Shakib Al Hasan for 30, as he was dragged out of his crease and stumped smartly by Mushfiqur Rahim. Fast bowler Rubel Hossain delivered a mighty blow to India as he had Virat Kohli caught off a widish delivery for 3. Ajinkya Rahane, who is known for keeping his cool, looked out of sorts, and threw his wicket away for 19.
Above photo: MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 19: Ravindra Jadeja of India is congratulated by team mates after running out Imrul Kayes of Bangladesh during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Quater Final match between India and Bangldesh at Melbourne Cricket Ground on March 19, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
At 115 for 3 in the 28th over, India were in a spot of bother, but Rohit Sharma found an able partner in Suresh Raina. The duo batted with great sense, and ensured that India had a nice platform for the final assault. Suresh Raina smashed 65 from 57 balls with the aid of 7 fours and a six to go with his hundred against Zimbabwe in the previous game. Rohit Sharma carried on to complete his hundred. He was lucky on 91, when a full toss, which seemed below waist height, was given a no ball. Rohit Sharma was finally dismissed for 137 and a quick cameo from Ravindra Jadeja took India past 300.
Above photo: Indian batsman Rohit Sharma (2nd R) celebrates scoring his century against Bangladesh with teammate Suresh Raina (2nd L) as Shakib Al Hasan (L) and Mushfiqur Rahim (R) look on during their 2015 Cricket World Cup quarter-final match in Melbourne on March 19, 2015. AFP PHOTO / William WEST / GETTY IMAGES
Bangladesh began in a decent fashion, but Umesh Yadav sent back Tamim Iqbal caught behind for 25. Imrul Kayes struggled for 5, before being run out following a dreadful mix-up with Soumya Sarkar. A lot depended on the in-form Mahmudullah, but he was taken away by Mohammed Shami when on 21. Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim did not look in touch, as the match slipped out of Bangladesh’s grasp. They were eventually dismissed for 193 as India registered another memorable win.
Above photo: MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 19: Rubel Hossain of Bangladesh celebrates getting the wicket of Virat Kohli of India during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup match between India and Bangldesh at Melbourne Cricket Ground on March 19, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)