19 March 2015, Nirapad News: Rohit Sharma’s ton helped India set a target of 303 runs for Bangladesh at the ICC World Cup 2nd Quarter-Final at Melbourne Cricket Ground on Thursday.
India scored 302 runs for six in 50 overs with Sharma’s 137 runs and Suresh Raina’s 65 runs.
All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan and seamer Rubel Hossain have restricted India’s pace sending top-order Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli back.
Taskin Ahmed bagged three wickets while Shakib, Mashrafe and Rubel picked up one wicket each.
Shakib bag the first wicket – Dhawan when India scored 75 runs in 16.3 overs. In next over, Rubel came to bowl, made Kohli walk to the pavilion when India’s scoreboard was at 79 runs in 17.5 overs.
The much-awaited match kicked off at Melbourne Cricket Ground at 9:30am Bangladesh time. India captain MS Dhoni won the toss and decided to bat.
Nearly 160 million Bangladeshi along the Tigers’ supporters from are dreaming that the Tigers will thrash Team India out of World Cup, creating new history.
Mashrafe Mortaza said: “Proud of our team. First time playing quarter-finals. Hopefully give our best today.”
“It just gets harder and harder. What makes it easy it to make good plans, and then try to execute them well,” said Indian captain MS Dhoni.
Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Soumya Sarkar, Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Sabbir Rahman, Nasir Hossain, Mashrafe Mortaza (cpt), Rubel Hossain, Taskin Ahmed
Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (capt & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Mohit Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav