Fizz 5-fer leaves India 314/9

Bangladesh have recovered from India’s early blow as they restrict them to 314/9 in a high-voltage World Cup clash at Edgbaston Cricket Ground.

With both teams facing a must-win situation, India won the toss and opted to bat first. India left Kedar Jadhav and Kuldeep Yadav out for Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Dinesh Karthik. Bangladesh lost injured Mahmudullah Riyad and excluded Mehidy Hasan Miraz. Sabbir Rahman and Rubel Hossain got back into the playing XI.

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The first over off skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza saw Rohit Sharma hooking a six over the short boundary. Rohit’s journey could’ve ended on 9 unless Tamim Iqbal had dropped him at square leg off Mustafizur Rahman in the fifth over.

The drop catch cost Bangladesh massively as the opening pair of Rohit and KL Rahul put on 180 runs in 29.2 overs. Part-time seamer Soumya Sarkar dismissed Rohit, who scored 92-ball 104 including 7 fours and 5 sixes. Rohit became only the second man after Kumar Sangakkara to hit four centuries in a single men’s World Cup.

Rahul departed for 77 before falling to Rubel. Mustafizur Rahman changed innings with a double-wicket maiden over in the 39th over. He got Indian captain Virat Kohli (26) first and then Hardik Pandya for a duck.

Rishabh Pant hit a quick 41-ball 48 as Shakib Al Hasan sent him back just at the moment when he was looking dangerous.

Bangladesh restricted India to 314/9 in 50 overs from a position which looked a 350. MS Dhoni tried hard for his 33-ball 35. India made 63 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in the last ten overs.

Mustafizur became the second Bangladeshi to pick up a World Cup five-for. It was his fourth in ODIs and the third against India. He finished with figures 5/59 including a maiden.

Bangladesh must win this game to stay in contention for the semi-finals otherwise India will go through leaving England, New Zealand and Pakistan fighting for top four to join them and Australia.

Brief scores:

India 314/9 in 50 overs (Rohit 104, Rahul 77; Mustafizur 5/59, Soumya 1/33)

Bangladesh need 315 runs to win


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