After a slight reality check against England the other day, Team India have comeback strongly with the batting coming in a sensational form in the first half of their eighth game of the ICC World Cup 2019 against Bangladesh at the Edgbaston, Birmingham. On the back of Rohit Sharma’s phenomenal century and KL Rahul’s vital half-century innings, India were certain to post a massive total on the board. But then Mustafizur Rahman had some other plans as he picked up a staggering five-wicket haul to restrict India within a chaseable total.
Rohit and Rahul combine together to lead a strong foundation
Indian captain Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to bat first as he reckoned that it is a used pitch and will slow down as the game progresses. The two Indian openers, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul proved his skipper’s decision correct as both of them came out with a pretty positive intent and played their respective natural game with complete freedom. The in-form Rohit played the role of the aggressor, while Rahul opted for the smart approach. They brought up a brilliant half-century stand for the first wicket in just the ninth over.
Rohit racks back-to-back tons
Both Rohit and Rahul reached their half-centuries by the 19th over and were looking in a sensational touch. Rohit once again continued his fabulous form, notching his second consecutive and fourth hundred of this World Cup. However, just after getting to his hundred, Rohit got out in the very next over playing a staggering innings of 104 runs off 92 balls that included of 7 fours and 5 sixes. Soumya Sarkar removed Rohit to break the remarkable 180-run opening stand.
Mustafizur rattles India’s finish with a fifer
After Rohit’s dismissal, Rahul also got out pretty soon in the 33rd over after having failed converting yet another start and this time he scored 77 runs off 92 balls. The pair of Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant then got together to lead India’s progress before Bangladesh once again fought back. Mustafizur Rahman was brought into the attack to provide wickets and he did the same by removing both Kohli and Hardik Pandya in the same over.
Pant then opted to play his natural aggressive game contributing with an impressive knock of 48 runs off 41 balls, but failed to carry on as he got caught at deep backward square leg region in the 45th over off Shakib Al Hasan’s bowling. In the final few overs, Bangladeshi bowlers never allowed the Indian batters to up the ante. Dhoni tried his level best with a 33-ball 35, but Mustafizur’s sensational five-wicket haul restricted India to 314 for 9 in 50 overs.
India 314/9 in 50 overs (Rohit Sharma-104, KL Rahul-77, Rishabh Pant-48; Mustafizur Rahman 5/59) vs Bangladesh.