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355dThe Report by Sidharth Monga

Responsible Rohit sees off Bangladesh threat

Rohit Sharma's acceleration from 60 off 80 to 137 off 126 undid some excellent defensive bowling by Bangladesh to help India post a winning total

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

RG Sharma
137(126) 14x4 - 3x6
Control %87%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull
  • 28 runs
  • 3x4 - 1x6
17 0 19 14 19 19 22 27
SK Raina
65(57) 7x4 - 1x6
Control %80%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 14 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
5 4 6 15 9 13 4 9

Best performances - Bowlers

UT Yadav
O9
M1
R31
W4
Eco3.44
RHB
OFFLEG
3W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
Taskin Ahmed
O10
M0
R69
W3
Eco6.90
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Scorer: Binoy | Commentator: Alagappan Muthu

END OF OVER:
45 | 1 Run 2 Wkts | BDESH: 193/10 (110 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 4.28, RRR: 22.00)

  • Taskin Ahmed0 (0b)
  • UT Yadav9-1-31-4
  • MM Sharma7-0-36-1

That's about all we have from the G tonight, India will hope to be back here on March 29 but for that they'll either have to take on the might of Australia or the mercurial Pakistan. Bangladesh have made a terrific show of themselves and even today they were in the game for the first 35 overs. Thanks for your company, we hope to see the lot of you tomorrow for the third quarter-final from Adelaide. Until then, this is Alagappan Muthu fading to black

"It has been good, we can't shy away from the fact that we are playing some good cricket. But at the same time a month back we were struggling," says Dhoni. A lot of credit needs to go to the boys and the support staff. The good thing is not many players form our side are in the top run-scorers list, but the batting has performed. That was an area we wanted to improve [bowling teams out] Even in New Zealand and South Africa, we were struggling with that, but now we are doing much better. It's difficult to pin point how it changed. Just like a batsman out of form gets back into form, cricket has a lot of abstracts, but we need to do a lot of the small things right. Put in the intensity and hope it all turns out. [The catch] Fluke happens. It was an important catch, a decent partnership was going and I just dived. I thought it was a bit away from me, I dived and the ball came and sat in my hands. [300-plus scores] A lot of it is because of the fifth fielder being inside and the T20 influence and with teams keeping wickets in hand, it helps. If the wicket is dry, some reverse swing happens. But if it's a flat wicket, 300 is something most teams will score"

"Could have been, we'd like to bat first as well, But can't control that. At that time, Rubel and Shakib were bowling well, but we couldn't get through. 300 is difficult to chase, but 280 could have been better. I think, except today, they should be happy. Most of our players are just starting their careers and they should be very happy with their efforts and the fans should be happy as well," Mashrafe says, "I hope, the way we are performing at the moment, we don't have the experience yet, but once we go back home, we know how to play and hopefully this year is exciting for us. Thanks to all the supporters for coming to all the games"

Rohit Sharma is the Man of the Match "I think it will be right up there, it was an important situation where the team needed it the most. I was determined, I wanted to bat as long as possible and put the team into a good situation and the bowlers did a fantastic job. Batting at the top of the order, its important to get big hundreds and I wand to make the most of it when I go out to bat and I'm happy with the way it turned out. We played as a team. Bowlers are taking wicket,s batsmen are scoring runs, we just need to take this momentum into the semis. We've talked a lot about momentum and how big a part it plays in big tournaments. We have two more games to go. I didn't hear that [said pointing to the crowd as they roar] We just need to do what we're doing, we're creating big partnerships with the bat and the bowlers are working in tandem as well"

10.20 pm Seven matches, seven teams, seventy wickets. India's bowlers have been phenomenal in the World Cup and their march into the semi-finals has been largely unobstructed. Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav and Mohit Sharma hustled Bangladesh with some zip. The kept the ball largely at the stumps, cramped the batsmen for room and stifled them so well. R Ashwin's control of flight was impressive, and the pressure simply kept increasing. No one has ever chased 300 down at the MCG and you'd argue that Rohit Sharma, with a hugely composed 137, and Suresh Raina, with a rapid 65, were the architects of this win

siv: "Choose the best answer: Q: How to stop India to in getting all the 10 Wickets? A: Retired hurt? B: Declare"

Naresh: "Well...you missed out the rained-out option."

Greg: "@siv C: Get them to bowl to Australia"

Balvinder Singh: "Heading for Ind vs Pak .............semi-final?......."

Amod: "Good win. but in that sticky period in the Indian innings .. those two iffy decisions made a big difference! Raina'a LBW and Rohit's catch of a no-ball. How many runs were added after that? and did that break Bangla momentum? Another day could have been a different story..."

Malik: "India restriced Bangladesh to the same score which Bangladesh restricted India in 2007 WC. Then India was knocked out now Bangladesh" ---- Close, that was 191

Nandu: "Another one sided QF comes to an end hope tomorrow we see some competitive cricket"

Kiran: "The World cup has gone according to expectation so far, with India and SA both into Semis. Time for the hosts nations to their bit. This will set us up for some mouth watering match ups."

44.6
W
Yadav to Sabbir Rahman, OUT, nearly popped out, but the second grab does it. India are into the semi-finals with the 100th win under MS Dhoni. Had to be a short ball to sign things off and the top-edged pull flies to long leg. The fielder got under it, but might have been a touch nervous. Hard hands meant he nearly spilled it, but he was alert enough to grab the rebound

Sabbir Rahman c Mohammed Shami b Yadav 30 (68m 40b 2x4 0x6) SR: 75.00

44.5
0
Yadav to Sabbir Rahman, no run, he's been good on the pull, strikes it to deep square leg and denies the single
44.4
W
Yadav to Rubel Hossain, OUT, short ball consumes Rubel as Kohli shakes his head, almost sadly. Too quick for him, too straight for him to free the arms and the top edge is safely pouched at square leg

Rubel Hossain c Ashwin b Yadav 0 (2m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

44.3
0
Yadav to Rubel Hossain, no run, short on off stump, Rubel looks to clear his front leg and swipe. But it comes onto him too quickly. Gets the splice of the bat towards mid-off

Rubel is in, and he has a crowd of India fielders in his ears

44.2
0
Yadav to Rubel Hossain, no run,
44.1
1
Yadav to Sabbir Rahman, 1 run, happy to pull a short ball on middle to deep square leg. Powerfully struck, and nearly carries to the fielder there. Dhawan again

Sharda from the ground says the atmosphere has suddenly gone out of the match… the Indian fans are cheering and there is noise and drums, but the general vibrancy has been leached. The bottom tier of the stand is also emptying out. It was fully packed when the bangladeshis came in to bat

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A different century

100

Number of ODI wins for MS Dhoni. He is the third captain after Ricky Ponting and Allan Border to reach this landmark.

Up against it

0

Instances of teams chasing 300+ at the MCG. The highest target successfully achieved is 295.

Kings of the G

3

Number of overseas batsmen who have scored 2 hundreds at the MCG - Rohit Sharma, David Gower and Viv Richards

Maximizing

0

Number of wickets lost by India during the Batting Powerplay in this World Cup. Every other team has lost at least one.

The Indian Crawl

5

Number of times (in 29 inns) that a Test nation has failed to score 100 inside 25 overs when batting first in this World Cup

Enjoying the big stage

70%

India's win percentage in World Cup knockout matches, second-best only to Australia (71%)