Bangladesh v India, World T20, Group 2, Mirpur

India through to semis with another easy win

The Report by Sidharth Monga

March 28, 2014

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India 141 for 2 (Kohli 57*, Rohit 56) beat Bangladesh 138 for 7 (Anamul 44, Mishra 3-26) by 8 wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Highlights - India clinch semis berth with eight-wicket win

Indian fans have liked this movie so much they have watched it three times in a row. Now they won't mind it in the semi-finals either. Forget whatever is happening with their administration in India, the cricket team has put in another big performance to become the first entrants into the World T20 semi-finals. Once again MS Dhoni won the toss - the 15th consecutive time he's done it in completed matches - once again a nervous opposition self-combusted despite an early life to a top-order batsman, once again their spinners pulled things back, and once again the batsmen knocked off a sub-par total with ease.

Amit Mishra was the key man with the ball again, with three wickets, but R Ashwin once again bowled the dirty overs, and had two wickets to show for this time. Bangladesh tried to go hard at India, taking 13 off the first over, and Tamim Iqbal had been missed by Shikhar Dhawan, before Ashwin produced two wickets in his first two overs, for just three runs. Bhuvneshwar Kumar chipped in with Shakib Al Hasan's scalp to make it 21 for 3 in the fifth over. All three had fallen to ordinary shots, leaving the passionate home crowd shell-shocked.

Anamul Haque and Mushfiqur Rahim steadied the ship with a 46-run stand, but at 67 for 4 in 11 overs, the ship had hardly left the harbour. Anamul looked impressive for his 44 off 43, and Mahmudullah tried his best to provide the late impetus with an unbeaten 33 off 23, but Mishra's final over put paid to all hopes of a fight. The 20th over began at 131 for 5, but two Mishra deliveries later - a trademark stumping and a hole-out to long-off - Bangladesh had ceded control of the match again.

India are the only team apart from Nepal to have not conceded 140 in this tournament. And their record chasing such totals has been good: nine wins out of 10 before tonight. It wasn't about to go bad here.

A familiar story unfolded when India came out to chase. Dhawan looked ungainly and fell trying to force his way out of a rough patch, but Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli saw India through with a second successive century stand. Both went to their fifties. The only time they saw trouble was when Rohit put one in the air, but Sohag Gazi ruined Anamul's catch by running back and into Anamul at deep midwicket.

It was yet another satisfactory evening for India even as manure has hit the fan back home. MS Dhoni, the man whose name has been drawn into court proceedings, promoted himself to have his first hit in this tournament, and finished the chase off in Kohli's company.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by vkias on (March 30, 2014, 11:41 GMT)

@H.m. Shashika...one question for you....how many times SL won the matches in knockouts against India after 1996 semi final....im not remembering any match that you won against us in ICC events....whereas India beat SL in 2011 WC final, 2013 CT semi final...first escape from NZ batting on monday....i support for NZ on monday...definitely in crucial stages, it will fight more than any other team....just watch out....or watch the same highlights of that warm up match again and again

Posted by vkias on (March 30, 2014, 10:56 GMT)

@H.m. Shashika....dear everybody knew why India did not bother about winning in warm up match against SL...Dhoni told in press conference that he is going to check few combination that suits to conditions...he did not come to bat also...he sent Kohli in 6th position....so lot of factors helped SL to win by only 5 runs margin...have you forgot the thrashing given by the same Dhoni in 2011 WC final....Malinga beaten black and blue...its better for SL to avoid facing India in semis...oh i forgot, they yet to reach semis....plz publish

Posted by PankajHanda_Oct11 on (March 30, 2014, 3:43 GMT)

Contrary to the expectations India has sailed through to the semis almost effortlessly. But I , for one, have not been much impressed. It is partially the listless performance of all 3 teams which has helped them win so easily. Be it Pakistan, WI or BD , all appeared as if they were sedated or under tremendous stress while they were batting. Their bowling too appeared so easy for Indians to handle. Despite the consistent failure of our some of the star batsmen, Yuvi & Shikher, India seems to have had no issues with their batting as well. Traditionally we have always been critciised as the weakest bowling side. MSD himself voiced his concerns recently over this. So ... what has changed ? Is it the black Bangla magic !! Everything seems to be going our way. The only thing we want and have been missing so far is the real excitement that T20 generates and has generated earlier in matches of Aus-WI, Aus-Pak,SA-NZ & SL-Eng, etc. Jai Ho !!

Posted by   on (March 30, 2014, 1:39 GMT)

India is first team to qualify for semi and will be the first team to be knocked out of semi. This is what happens when a team thinks they are playing well.

Posted by   on (March 29, 2014, 20:17 GMT)

hey vikas.. did u watch the warmup match.. SL vs IN... if not we will show it in semifinals. . now dont worry to watch that highlights.. SL is the best team ever. .

Posted by Ammo666 on (March 29, 2014, 19:17 GMT)

What happened to BD!..seems like they are again on their way to what they were several years back losing continuously being not competitive even especially after asia cup & now after losing to associate HK they are noway in control..i wonder where BD's talent & potential has gone now after their remarkable improvement considering last 2 years being competitive in almost every match they played against the test teams, the scenario says BD team has gone a bit like damp bomb&needs to explode really before it gets more worse...to say its almost unbelievable to see them playing this way without being competitive even & losing two games against the associates in a very short time, this is unacceptable as BD is way superior to all associates even though they lost to HK but still ended up being the group champion in qualifying round which is little to BD's standard! all this must be sorted out asap!! BD lost against WI the last T20 WC champion but losing this way against IND was not logical...

Posted by mrgupta on (March 29, 2014, 19:12 GMT)

@abcdef_12345: Great Observation! India in 80s played 81 tests and BD has so far played 83 Tests, India won 11 out of those, including victories against every test nation, and lost 21. BD has Won 4, including victories only against 2 test nations and has lost 68. In ODIs in 80s India played 150 against Test nations and Won 64, lost 80 including victories in WC1983 and Champions Trothy 1985. BD in last 148 ODIs has Won 51 (27 against Zim) and lost 96 including no tournament wins. So, you are right, this BD team is exactly like India of 80s.

Posted by vkias on (March 29, 2014, 19:02 GMT)

@Noman Issa....why cant you understand...even if we lose against aussies...it wont affect our place....whereas the thrashing of WI to your team will book a ticket to your native....WI are really tough to beat...yesterdays match against aussies showed this...

Posted by Ammo666 on (March 29, 2014, 18:58 GMT)

What happened to BD...seems like they are again on their way to what they were several years back losing continuously being not competitive even especially after asia cup & now after losing to associate HK they are noway in control..i wonder where BD's talent & potential has gone now after their remarkable improvement considering last 2 years being competitive in almost every match they played against the test teams, the scenario says BD team has gone a bit like damp bomb & needs to explode really before it gets more worse...to say its almost unbelievable to see them playing this way without being competitive even & losing two games against the associates in a very short time, this is unacceptable as BD is way superior to all associates even though they lost to HK but still ended up being the group champion in qualifying round which is little to BD's standard! all this must be sorted out asap!! BD lost against WI the T20 WC champion but losing this way against IND was not logical.....

Posted by hunterofdawn on (March 29, 2014, 17:33 GMT)

@abcdef_12345 BD team is like the Indian team in early '80s? Really? I'd love to know how you reached that conclusion. India won the WC in 1983 and World Championship of Cricket in 1985. They also made it the WC Semi Finals in 1987. This is just ODI cricket. BD team has miles to go before it is close to being similar to the Indian team in the '80s.

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