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India cruise into CWC semis

Published:Friday | March 20, 2015 | 12:01 AM
India’s Rohit Sharma on the go during his century against Bangladesh in the Cricket World Cup quarter-final match in Melbourne, Australia, yesterday.
India’s Umesh Yadav (right) runs out Bangladesh’s Imrul Kayes during their Cricket World Cup quarter-final match in Melbourne, Australia, yesterday.

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP):

Rohit Sharma stroked an authoritative century and Umesh Yadav claimed four wickets to help defending champions India advance to the World Cup semi-finals with a 109-run win over Bangladesh yesterday.

Sharma scored 137 off just 126 balls with 14 boundaries and three sixes, sharing a 122-run fourth-wicket partnership with Suresh Raina (65) to help India reach 302-6 after some tight Bangladesh bowling contained much of the innings.

While Bangladesh rarely appeared likely to win in reply, they produced a determined innings at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in their first World Cup quarterfinal.

playing good cricket

"We can't shy away from the fact that we are playing some good cricket. But at the same time, a month back, we were struggling," Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said.

"Now we are doing much better. It's difficult to pinpoint how it changed."

Tamim Iqbal hit four boundaries in a run-a-ball 25 before being caught behind off Yadav (4-31). Fellow opener Imran Kayes was run out off the next ball for five and Bangladesh didn't recover momentum.

Sarkar and Mahmudullah cautiously steadied the innings in a 40-run partnership until Mahmudullah was caught on the boundary rope by Dhawan for 21.

Sarkar made 29 before being caught behind off Shami to leave Bangladesh in serious trouble at 90-4.

Shakib Al Hasan made just 10 before being caught by Shami off Jadeja and Mushfiqur Rahim offered an easy catch for wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and departed for 27.

Nasir Hossain top scored with 35 before being caught by Ashwin in the 43rd over.

Bangladesh captain Mushrafe Mortaza added just one run before being caught behind of Mohit Sharma, Rubel Hossain was caught by Ashwin off Yadav for a duck and Rubel Hossain (0) became Yadav's fourth victim to finish the match.

batting efforts

"I think except today (our) batters have batted really well throughout this tournament, which is much needed for us," Mortaza said.

"And hopefully, they'll continue because a very tough year is coming up for us."

After India won the toss, openers Shikhar Dhawan and Sharma calmly built a strong platform, sharing a 75-run stand until Dhawan was caught outside his crease playing at a Shakib Al Hasan ball and was stumped for 30.

Bangladesh made the most of the breakthrough, dismissing Virat Kohli for three in the next over, caught behind off Rubel Hossain.

Bangladesh's bowlers, led by Taskin Ahmed (3-69) produced some tight and varied deliveries to successfully reign in the Indian batsmen and prevent them putting on a significant partnership.

After Sharma brought up his 50 off 70 balls, he and Ajinkya Rahane opened up with some fluid strokes in a bid to build the run rate for the second half of the innings.

Raina, who survived a review for leg before wicket while on 10, helped reinvigorate the late Indian innings as he and Sharma upped the tempo and targeted the boundary.