Another intriguing clash in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 was set to take place at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham, where India was ready to take on Bangladesh. For the men in blue, the win would confirm their place in the semi-final while for Bangladesh, a win could keep them in contention of the World Cup while a loss will end their World Cup progression chances.
Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bat first. Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul opened the innings for the Indian side and the pair once again proved why they are one of the best opening pair of this year’s World Cup. The pair right from the beginning controlled the tempo, unsharpened the Bangladesh attack and kept the scoreboard moving forward with a good pace. Rohit Sharma once again completed a glorious century and KL Rahul completed his well constructed half century. Bangladesh reaped their first breakthrough when Rohit Sharma was dismissed in the 30th over by Soumya Sarkar at 180. Few minutes later KL Rahul also went back. Kohli and Rishabh Pant then dragged India past 200 but then two wickets of India fell in quick succession with Kohli getting dismissed after a brief innings of 26 while Hardik Pandya was removed for a duck. Dhoni then joined hands with Pant to pilot the innings further but a modest 40 run stand came to end when Pant was caught in the deep. Dinesh Karthik, Bhuveneshwar Kumar, Shami all managed single figures adding to Dhoni’s quick 35 as India were able to post 315 on the scoreboard. Mustafizur Rehman was brilliant with the ball as he picked 5 for 59 in his 10.
In return, Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar initiated the chase. Tamim Iqbal looked a bit uncomfortable and ended up his innings as an inside edge chopped in his stumps. The brightest star of the Bangladeshi team Shakib al Hassan walked out in the middle and alongside Soumya Sarkar, added vital runs for his team but soon Soumya fell on a short pitched delivery by Hardik Pandya and was caught in the extra cover. Mushfiq ur Rahim was the next man in and played wonderfully but a half hearted attempt to slog cost him badly and he was dismissed for 24. Liton Das stepped in but he also fell prey to the short pitched delivery and returned back to the pavilion. Bangladesh’s hope submarined when Shakib was caught inside the circle with score at 179-6. Sabbir showed some intent alongside Saifuddin but Sabbir was bowled by Bumrah. Saifuddin didn’t stop and kept hitting hard but eventually ran out of partners on the other end as Bangladesh were all out in 48 over for 286 losing by 28 runs.
For his fabulous knock of 104, Rohit Sharma claimed the Man of the Match award. Bangladesh’s hopes of moving ahead in the World Cup were squashed after this loss and India confirmed their place in the final four of the tournament.