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India register comfortable win to make the semis of the World T20

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India registered their 3 consecutive win of the World T20 2014 with yet another all-round display against hosts Bangladesh to book their berth in the Semi-Final of the competition. India prevailed by 8 wickets, after chasing down a below par 138/7 from the hosts, thanks to a 100 run stand between Virat Kohli (57*) and Rohit Sharma(56).

Having won the toss for the 3rd time in the tournament, India skipper MS Dhoni inserted the home side in with no hesitation and it was his spinners who did the job once again for him.

Bangladesh got off to a poor start in the powerplay, losing two wickets early to the spin of Ashwin and could only muster a lowly 27/3 in the first 6 powerplay overs. Mushfiqur Rahim (24) and Anamul Haque (44) then put together a 46 run stand for the 4th wicket to give the innings some sort of momentum. Although India did wrest the initiative back with the wickets of both the set batsmen in the next couple of overs, a very handy cameo of 33* from just 23 balls from Mahmudullah got them to a decent 138/7 off their 20 overs. India’s spinners Ravi Ashwin (2/15) and Amit Mishra (3/26) starred for the men in blue, to give their batsmen a very achievable total to chase.

India’s chase did not get off to the best of starts as they lost Shikhar Dhawan (1) in the 3rd over of the match, but the in-form pairing of Rohit Sharma (56) and Virat Kohli () got India well on their way towards winning the match. While Rohit Sharma took his chances early on to give the innings some momentum, Virat Kohli played himself in by pushing the singles before he too opened up. The Bangladeshi bowlers were not able to cause too much trouble to India’s top order pair, and although Sharma was a bit lucky with a couple of streaky shots, the visitors always looked comfortable in the chase.

Rohit Sharma eventually fell for 56 but the damage had already been done, and skipper MS Dhoni joined (22*) joined Kohli to give India a comfortable 8 wicket win. The win ensures India’s safe passage through to the semi finals which means that they will be dangerous proposition for Australia in the next match on 30th of March as the men in yellow need to win to stand a chance of progressing.

Mini Scorecard

Bangladesh 138/7 (20 overs, 6.9 rpo)

A Haque 44(43) A Mishra 3/26

Mahmudullah 33*(23) R Ashwin 2/15

India 141/2 (18.3 overs, 7.62 rpo)

V Kohli 57*(50) M Mortaza 1/23

R Sharma 56(44) Amin Hossain 1/38

India win by 8 wickets and progress to the semi-finals