India cruise into semi-finals

  • Last Updated: March 28 2014, 17:21 GMT

India booked their place in the semi-finals of the World Twenty20 with a crushing eight-wicket win over Bangladesh.

Virat Kohli: Guided India home with 57 not out
Virat Kohli: Guided India home with 57 not out

In what was a third easy victory in a row, India chased down the host nation's 138 for seven with nine balls to spare and made sure they would not be going forward in the tournament.

A 100-run partnership for the second wicket between Rohit Sharma (56) and Virat Kohli (57 not out) did the majority of the damage, with the only dodgy moment arriving early on in the piece when opener Shikhar Dhawan was cleaned up for one.

After Sharma went after his 44-ball knock, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni decided to promote himself up the order and bat for the first time in the competition, with a breezy 22 from 12 balls adding to the fun.

India's task was such a routine one because of another poor display from Bangladesh.

They have failed to deliver under the spotlight and this more of the same, despite a bright start.

They raced to 20 without loss but then Tamim Iqbal nudged Ravichandran Ashwin to slip and a collapse started.

Shamsur Rahman went to the same bowler the very next ball and then the explosive Shakib Al-Hasan perished at the hands of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, chopping on to his own stumps.

Bangladesh had lost three wickets in four balls and they at least got to 67 before another went down, with Mushfiqur Rahim jabbing Mohammed Shami to mid-off (24).

Anamul Haque followed for a top-scoring 44 when Ahmit Mishra got one to come back on him and clean him up, before Mahmuddulah offered some late hope with some meaty blows in a quickfire 33.

There was still time for more drama as Mishra took two wickets in two balls - Nasir Hossain and Ziaur Rahman - but could not get his hat-trick.

India's response did not start the best, with Dhawan getting the wrong line to Al-Amin Hossain, but that was the last thing they had to worry about.


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