Bangladesh was beaten badly in the quarter final knock-out game against the defending champions. Bangladesh was unable to cope up with knockout pressure in the last 15 overs of India’s batting. The blue brigade went on to pile up another mammoth 300+ score and that was way out of Bangladesh’s reach once they started to crumble against good bowling line up of India (yes, I’m not kidding :p It has become surprisingly good in this edition of CWC15).
The defending world champions made light work of their clash at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, outclassing their Asian neighbours to stretch their unbeaten run at the tournament to seven games.
Batting first, India compiled a daunting total of 302 for six, built on the back of a magnificent century from Rohit Sharma, who completed his first World Cup hundred with a slice of luck. He held his nerve while Dhawan, Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and Suresh Raina fell around him, remaining a crucial man in as Bangladesh took wickets at vital stages and pegged India back.
But a major moment for Bangladesh came in the next over when Virat Kohli looked to get his innings going with a bang, attempting a lusty cover drive but playing too far from his body and succeeding only in edging to Mushfiqur.
Bangladesh had the India vice-captain out for just three runs, the score was 79-2 and the Tigers had all the ascendancy. If there was any doubt about how important this was to Bangladesh, Rubel made it perfectly clear when he gave Kohli one of the most enthusiastic send-offs of the tournament. And to everyone’s surprise Kohli didn’t utter a word! (I thought he will return the favor when Rubel will come to bat :p Because you can’t keep the Delhi brat quiet for long.)
Ajinkya Rahane played a couple of good shorts but never seemed going and got out on 19. Suresh Raina chipped in a with a quickfire 65 after India had waddled along to 115-3 and needed a lift.
Then, as the Bangladesh pressure eased slightly and the power play began, Sharma accelerated and after the “blink and you will miss it” rain delay, the runs began flowing.
Rohit was caught in the deep when he was on 90 but was given a second life when the umpires ruled that Rubel Hossain’s delivery was above waist-height and therefore a no-ball, although television replays suggested otherwise.
Sharma brought up his first World Cup century much to the delight of the extremely vocal Melbourne crowd. He then added a further 37 before being dismissed, going from 60 off 80 balls to 137 off 126 in a crucial innings that proved the difference between the teams.
Indian team’s Rockstar, Sir Ravinder Jadeja proved his importance at no. 7 in Indian team with the bat quickfire 23 runs from 10 balls. India ended up crossing the 300 mark once again in this World cup at 302-6.
Chasing 303 in a quarter final, under lights in non sub-continental conditions against the defending champs with in-form bowlers, was nearly impossible for Bangladesh’s batsmen. Though Tamim Iqbal played a couple of good looking shorts to Shami before he got out to Umesh Yadav for 25. Imrul Kayes got run-out as Jadeja dived and threw the ball to Umesh yadav. India’s fielding has been great throughout the World Cup, thanks to fresh legs and athleticism of young team India. Jadeja was a live wire today on the field…
Shikhar Dhawan took a well juggled catch on the fine leg boundary rope to send Mahmudullah, who had scored two consecutive hundreds in the Pool stage, on his way for 21. Then, the Indian captain and wicket-keeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni took a one-handed diving catch to remove Soumya Sarkar for 29 to effectively end any hopes of a Bangladesh upset. Oh yes! It was indeed a blinder and MSD, being modest, called it as a fluke 😀 at the post match presentation.
Jadeja took a couple of wickets including Shakib Al Hasan who was just stuck on the crease (as if he was lost somewhere) and Nasir Hossain who was looking good for his 35 from 34 balls.
One of the most awaited part of Bangladesh’s batting for me was Rubel Hossain… And when he came to crease, everyone on the field started smiling. Umesh Yadav welcomed him with a well directed bouncer! And Kohli still didn’t say anything but smiled like everyone. (I was laughing seeing all this and waiting for a send-off from VK :D)
Pressure got to Rubel in the same over and he jumped out of his crease on his 3rd ball to hit Umesh yadav out of Melbourne aand ended up within 30-yrd circle to give a dolly to Ashwin. And then Virat again smiled 😀 perhaps the spoiled Delhi brat is happy after watching NH10 :p
Umesh Yadav ended up taking 4 wicket haul. Shami and Jadeja both picking 2 wickets each. Mohit Sharma taking one and a brilliant run-out by Jadeja.
India have bowled out their opponents in all seven matches they have played at the World Cup, another ominous warning for their remaining challengers.
So, Aussies better get ready for their toughest battle of this world cup. I remember a statement by Ravi Shastri in the pre-match show of India Vs Pakistan, “If their is one team that can take Australia out of this World Cup, who can beat up the hosts, its India!”. And the kind of form and confidence team India is in, this might get true on 26th.