World Cup 2019: India beat Bangladesh by 28 runs to qualify for semi-finals

World Cup 2019: India beat Bangladesh by 28 runs to qualify for semi-finals

India opener Rohit Sharma hit his fourth century of the World Cup as Virat Kohli´s side booked their place in the semi-finals with a 28-run win over Bangladesh at Edgbaston on Tuesday.

Sharma´s attacking 104 laid the foundation of India´s 314 for nine after Kohli elected to bat first in India´s penultimate match of the league phase.

Yet for the second match in a row Sharma — as happened during India´s 31-run defeat by England at Edgbaston on Sunday — was dropped in single figures before making a hundred.

India´s bowlers then combined to dismiss Bangladesh for 286 with two overs to spare after star batsman Shakib Al Hasan top-scored with a valiant 66.

Jasprit Bumrah took four wickets and fellow paceman Hardik Pandya three, including the prize scalp of Shakib.

Defeat ended Bangladesh´s slim hopes of a place in the last four after they had impressed during wins over South Africa and the West Indies.

The day belonged to the in-form Sharma, who played an attacking knock, hitting seven fours and five sixes in his 92-ball innings while being cheered on by another largely pro-India crowd in Birmingham.

Sharma and opening partner KL Rahul put on 180 — the highest stand for the first wicket in the tournament — to get India off to a flying start.

But Sharma should have been out for nine only for Tamim Iqbal to drop a simple catch at deep midwicket following a mistimed pull off paceman Mustafizur Rahman.

Sharma was finally was caught at extra cover by Liton Das off the bowling of Soumya Sarkar and Rahul, who filled an opener´s slot following an injury to Shikhar Dhawan, was caught behind off Rubel Hossain for 77.

Mustafizur took five wickets, including star batsman Kohli for 26, to check India´s surge.

The paceman struck twice in the space of three balls to dismiss both Kohli and Pandya.

Rishabh Pant once again showed his worth at the number four position with a brisk 48, using the short boundary at one side of Edgbaston to his advantage.

M.S. Dhoni, who received flak for his slow innings in India´s defeat by England on Sunday — their only loss so far this tournament — chipped in with a 33-ball 35.

Paceman Mohammed Shami struck early in Bangladesh´s reply when Tamim, who made 22, chopped the ball onto his stumps.

Shakib struck his sixth fifty-plus score that includes two hundreds to keep Bangladesh in hunt.

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