It was match day 40 of the ICC Cricket World Cup on Tuesday which meant that the group fixtures were nearing an end. This also meant that the clash between India and Bangladesh was a game of utmost importance for both sides who still had a chance of reaching the semi-finals.
India were entering the match with their confidence suffering a huge blow after their last loss to England while Bangladesh knew that with a win they were still in contention.
India Back To Winning Ways
India came into their game against Bangladesh needing just one more victory to reach the semi-finals and that’s just what they did. India managed to set a score of 314 for 9 but they will be disappointed because they could’ve achieved much more. But nonetheless we could only sit back and admire once again as Rohit Sharma played beautifully on his way to a record equaling fourth century.
Together with opening partner KL Rahul they put up the highest partnership of the tournament of 180, this kept everyone thinking India were going to post a massive target but once again their lower order failed them. Ms Dhoni and Rishabh Pant tried to get their side to the score they should’ve gotten but once again their lower order batted extremely slow which resulted in their innings losing momentum. Bangladesh fast bowler Mustafizur Rahaman was key to Bangladesh slowing down India and breaking up partnerships as he claimed 5 for 59. India became just the second team after Australia to qualify for the semi-finals.
Bangladesh Crash Out
Bangladesh innings never started in great fashion as paceman Mohammed Shami removed opener Tamim Iqbal for 22. Bangladesh needed the win to stay alive in the tournament and they showed how badly they wanted it in the form of Shakib Al Hasan who has been their stand out performer this tournament. He led his sides fightback with 66 off 74 balls. He struggled to find a partner and was left to do most of the heavy lifting.
Shakib Al Hasan Could Not Save The Day
Once he was dismissed it was a matter of when will India win. However it wasn’t that comfortable as Sabbir Rahman and Mohammad Saifuddin put India through their paces and gave them a late scare with a 66 run partnership. Arguably India’s best bowler thus far Jasprit Bumrah had to provide some deadly bowling to dismiss Rahman and wrap up the tale.
India Needs To Improve
Since last week India have returned to the top of the ODI rankings but some might say that its gone to their heads because they haven’t looked like the same side. Their team is filled with world-class players who could turn any game on its head but this match again their inconsistency was exposed, particularly in the batting department. The top order has been terrific but the middle and lower order have been rather disappointing and they could prove costly come the knockout stages. They have been very lucky at times but they can’t keep depending on luck if they want to show why they are the number one ranked team in the world.