World T20: India crush Bangladesh to seal semi-final berth
Team India became the first entrants into the 2014 ICC World T20 semi-finals, with a comprehensive 8-wicket win over Bangladesh in their third group game at Mirpur on Friday.
MS Dhoni won yet another toss, for the 15th successive time and put in a jittery Bangladesh to bat. The openers were off to a flyer, stealing 13 off the 1st over, before R Ashwin struck twice in his opening overs. Bhuvneshwar Kumar then dismissed Bangladesh's best batsman Shakib Al Hasan on the first ball of his over to reduce the hosts to 21/3 in the 5th over.
Opener Anamul Haque and skipper Mushfiqur Rahim added 46 for the 4th wicket, but the latter's overambitious approach cost his team another wicket, followed by Anamul who was bowled by Amit Mishra. Mahmudullah then walked in to deliver a 23-ball 33 cameo, but Mishra's last over hit the final nail in the coffin. Bangladesh went from 131/5 in the 19th over t0 138/7 at the end of 20 overs.
It was all too familiar for India, who were once again jolted by a scratchy start from their opener Shikhar Dhawan. But Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli had no trouble whatsoever, as they saw India through with a second consecutive 100-run partnership and also got to their respective fifties. Rohit departed to a low full toss in the 16th over, but MS Dhoni promoted himself to finish off the chase in just 18.3 overs.
India 141 for 2 (Kohli 57*, Rohit 56) beat Bangladesh 138 for 7 (Anamul 44, Mishra 3-26) by 8 wickets