India knocks Bangladesh out of the tournament, secures a place in the semi-finals
The second quarterfinal of ICC World Cup 2015 played on Thursday 19th March 2015 was pretty one sided as India continued their supremacy over Bangladesh starting from the statistics tally till the total domination of their opponent on the ground. Group champion India with an undefeated 6-match streak came face to face with Bangladesh, the lowest-ranked of the remaining eight teams of the quarterfinals. The match was played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and as an interesting statistics all of the six Championship ODIs between these two teams at neutral venues have been won by the team that played the second innings. India became victorious in five of these contests and Bangladesh has their precious victory at the 2007 World Cup in their only World Cup meeting till now.
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Indian batsman Suresh Raina congratulated Bangladesh team by saying, “I wanted to congratulate Bangladesh for qualifying for the quarter-final. It’s good to see India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh – all four subcontinent teams – in the quarter-final. Earlier people were saying that we don’t have all-rounders for conditions, so it’s good to see the teams from subcontinent through.” India carried their momentum since they had crushed Pakistan in the very first match and blown away the favorite South Africa after which they clinched “no match” victories against UAE, West Indies, Ireland and Zimbabwe. While talking about if they can defeat Team Blue, Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza replied, “You never know basically,” and added, “Hopefully, we’ll play our best and let’s see what happens after that.” He also said while talking about the 2007 story, “2007 won’t help; 2011, when we lost, that doesn’t help either. In short-form cricket, what is important is how you do on the day.” Mashrafe Mortaza came to lead his nation after he missed Bangladesh’s last group match against the Black-Caps New Zealand.
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Virat Kohli is one of the most successful batsmen against Bangladesh with three centuries and an average of 126 in 6 of the previous faceoff. Bangladesh batsman Mahmudullah also proved him favorite before the match as he already gathered 344 runs, more than anyone in Indian squad, from five games in this World Cup. Indian bowlers took 60 wickets in last six games of 2015 ICC World Cup with Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav on the leading role and, Mohit Sharma and R Ashwin as mid-innings constructor. All the cricket pundits stated clearly even before the match that may be this match will be one sided but Bangladesh will definitely give their hardest bites possible while remembering the 2007 incident.
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In this thrilling ICC World Cup Quarterfinal, India won the toss and opted to bat first and started with their prominent opening pair Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan. They stayed till 16.3 over after which Team Blue lost their first wicket of Dhawan in 75 runs while he was standing at 30 runs. With lots of expectations on his shoulder, Virat Kohli came on ground and dramatically sacrificed his wicket after he played just 8 balls. Bangladeshi bowler Rubel Hossain achieved the big wicket of India on the very next over of Dhawan’s Stump by Mushfiqur Rahim. Ajinkya Rahane slowly rotated the scoreboard with Sharma batting on the other end till he lost his wicket on the 28th over in a nice delivery by Taskin Ahmed was further nicely taken by Shakib Al Hasan. Rahane lost his wicket in 19 runs while playing the 37th ball. Raina came next on ground with his confidence as he played a wonderful inning in the last match of Group stage. Raina and Sharma slowly started to build up the innings with a little slow but consistent batting.
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Raina scored his half-century and shortly after Sharma with his wonderful batting completed a leading century when his team needed the most. After placing India back on track the duo started to take big shots to match up the 300-runs benchmark for any good target. Suresh Raina went to pavilion when India already scored 237 runs in 43.5 overs. India’s most dependable middle order batsman Raina scored 65 runs in 57 balls with 7 boundaries and a sixer. Captain Dhoni came on ground while Sharma was still showing his skills on the other end of the pitch. India lost the wicket of spectacular Sharma in the 47th over with 273 runs on their scoreboard. Ravindra jadeja came to replace Sharma and played a short but powerful innings of 23 runs in 10 balls with the help of 4 boundaries. Ravichandran Ashwin played 3 balls and scored 3 runs after Dhoni lost his wicket on the 49th over. India made a total of 302 runs in 6 wickets on the first innings of this quarterfinal. Despite the initial slow start and loss of wickets, as well as the occasional hiccups, like the match being halted due to rain, some wicket drop scares, India ended the first innings with 302/6.
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Bangladesh’s confidence had already been shaken by the first innings of the match. As commentator Sourav Ganguly suggested, their slow up steady approach in batting could have saved them. Bangladesh had a rather slow start, with only 7 runs in the first 3 overs. But then, Tamim decided to speed up the game, and the run rate improved, but only somewhat so. However, in the 6th over, Bangladesh lost Tamim Iqbal after he scored 23 off 25. This was the first big blow for Bangladesh. With that, Bangladesh started losing their wickets one by one in quick succession. Even though a few boundaries and over-boundaries were scored, it showed no sign redeeming themselves.
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The playing style of Bangladesh clearly showed that they had already accepted defeat. Imrul Kayes run out was due to a complete miscommunication. None of the players could even go near a half century. Nassir Hussain scored the highest for Bangladesh, with 35 off 34 balls. They did not get the opportunity to stay on the ground for all 50 overs, as India knocked their wickets out within 45 overs, yielding 193 runs at a run rate of 4.28. India defeated Bangladesh by 109 runs, knocking the team out of the tournament. India achieved its seventh victory in a row, and the seventh one to get the opponents all out. They secured a place in the semi-final. The match between Pakistan and Australia on 20th March, 2015 will determine whom they will face in the semi-final.
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India Batting First Innings
|Rohit Sharma||b T. Ahmed||137||126||14||3||108.73|
|Shikhar Dhawan||st M. Rahim b Al Hasan||30||50||3||0||60|
|Virat Kohli||c M. Rahim b R. Hossain||3||8||0||0||37.5|
|Ajinkya Rahane||c Al Hasan b T. Ahmed||19||37||1||0||51.35|
|Suresh Raina||c M. Rahim b M. Mortaza||65||57||7||1||114.03|
|MS Dhoni||c N. Hossain b T. Ahmed||6||11||0||0||54.54|
|Ravindra Jadeja||Not Out||23||10||4||0||230|
|Ravichandran Ashwin||Not Out||3||3||0||0||100|
Bangladesh Bowling First Innings
|Bowler||Over||Maiden||Runs||Wicket||Economy rate||No Ball||Wide|
|Shakib Al Hasan||10||0||58||1||5.8||0||0|
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Bangladesh Batting Second Innings
|Tamim Iqbal||c MS Dhoni b U. Yadav||25||25||4||0||100|
|Imrul Kayes||run out R. Jadeja||5||14||0||0||35.71|
|Soumya Sarkar||c MS Dhoni b M. Shami||29||43||3||1||67.44|
|Mahmudullah||c S. Dhawan b M. Shami||21||31||2||0||67.74|
|Shakib Al Hasan||c M. Shami b R. Jadeja||10||34||0||0||29.41|
|Mushfiqur Rahim||c MS Dhoni b U. Yadav||27||43||2||0||62.76|
|Sabbir Rahman||c M. Shami b U. Yadav||30||40||2||0||75|
|Nasir Hossain||c R. Ashwin b R. Jadeja||35||34||6||0||102.94|
|Mashrafe Mortaza||c MS Dhoni b M. Sharma||1||3||0||0||33.33|
|Rubel Hossain||c R. Ashwin b U. Yadav||0||3||0||0||0|
|Taskin Ahmed||Not Out||0||0||0||0||0|
India Bowling Second Innings
|Bowler||Over||Maiden||Run||Wicket||Economy Rate||No Ball||Wide|
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Toss: India won the toss and elected to bat
Referee: Roshan Mahanama (SL)
Umpires: Aleem Dar (PAK), Ian Gould (ENG) and Steve Davis (AUS)
Man of the Match: Rohit Sharma
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