World Twenty20 2014: Virat Kohli & Rohit Sharma Star For India


India cruised to a comfortable eight-wicket victory over Bangladesh in Dhaka to seal their place in the semi-finals of the World Twenty20.

Virat Kohli (57) and Rohit Sharma (56) shared a second-wicket partnership of 100 to ensure a third successive Group Two win with nine balls to spare.

Bangladesh had been restricted to 138-7 in their 20 overs, leg-spinner Amit Mishra (3-26) again impressing.

Anamul Haque (44) and Mahmudullah (33) offered the only real resistance.

It was the Tigers’ second successive defeat in the Super 10 phase, following their opening loss to West Indies, and leaves the tournament hosts facing imminent elimination.

They struggled to compete against a powerful India side who coasted to their target – victory achieved when skipper MS Dhoni, who promoted himself up the batting order, hit a six straight down the ground to finish on 22 not out from 12 balls.

Dhoni will be thankful for his short time at the crease, with established batsmen like Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh and Ravindra Jadeja all left in reserve – a sign of India’s strength in depth.

However, as they showed in the previous victories over Pakistan and West Indies, their bowling is equally as powerful on the turning wickets of Bangladesh and the hosts became the third team to be restricted to less than 140 by the Indian bowlers.

Leg-spinner Amit Mishra was once again a key weapon, taking another three wickets to take his combined figures in the tournament to 7-66.

Group Two table

Won Lost NRR Pts
India 3 0 +0.48 6
West Indies 2 1 +1.22 4
Pakistan 1 1 +0.08 2
Australia 0 2 -0.5 0
Bangladesh 0 2 -2.2 0

Top two teams qualify for semi-finals.

He took the big wicket of fluent opener Anamul, who was bowled by a googly, and also accounted for Nasir Hossain and Ziaur Rahman while keeping run-scoring opportunities to a minimum.

His fellow spinner, Ravichandran Ashwin, also impressed with 2-15 as he had dangerous strokemaker Tamim Iqbal caught behind and dismissed number three Shamsur Rahman with his next ball.

Only some powerful late hitting from Mahmudullah, who struck five fours and a six, got Bangladesh to a respectable total – but it was not enough to trouble the classy Indians.

Shikhar Dhawan’s poor run of form continued when he dragged on to Al-Amin Hossain for just one, but Rohit and Kohli assumed control as they exploited the gaps in the field with aplomb while also scoring regular boundaries to keep the run-rate down to manageable levels.

It was left to Dhoni to finish the job with a four and two sixes as India, who won the inaugural tournament in 2007, reaffirmed their status as strong favourites for the title.

© BBC Sport


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