India booked their semifinal berth in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019 knocking Bangladesh out beating them by 28 runs at Edgbaston. Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul starred with the bat while Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya starred with the ball to help their side returning to winnings ways.
It was a great feeling at the start: Rohit
Bangladesh staged an outstanding chase with good contributions from top-order and a brilliant fifty from Mohammad Saifuddin. But Jasprit Bumrah raised his game in the death overs after Hardik Pandya’s brilliant spell in the middle overs to stage a 28-run win and seal the semifinal berth. Shakib Al Hasan was once again of top-class to score another fifty. As a result, he became the only cricketer to scale 500 runs and claim ten wickets in one World Cup.
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Previously, Rohit Sharma once again got India off to an excellent start alongside KL Rahul. They added 180 runs for the first wicket which is also the highest first wicket partnership for India in the World Cups. Rohit took on the Bangladesh bowlers to bring his fourth World Cup century and his 26th overall. Bangladesh made an outstanding comeback with Mustafizur Rahman picking a five-wicket haul to restrict India to 314 runs.
Rohit has had an outstanding tournament so far with four centuries and is currently the highest run-scorer of the tournament with 544 runs. Rohit Sharma broke a handful of records during his 104-run knock and will hope to keep up the excellent work. The Mumbai opener added that it was a satisfying feeling to hit the ball at the start. He also revealed that he is trying to assess the conditions before getting on with his hitting after setting down.
“I had a great feeling right at the start. The pitch was good to bat on. Initially wanted to take some time and then assess where we go from there. That’s how it has been for me at this World Cup. The first game against South Africa the conditions were challenging, so I had to take my time. Against England as well the pitch was two-paced and wasn’t coming onto the bat as normally I would like to and they used the slower balls really well. But again batting first there is no pressure of the scoreboard. You come out thinking to be positive and that’s what I do. I was lucky,” Rohit said.
Speaking about the drop catch, Rohit Sharma said that the fortunes favours the brave. He also added he is not overconfident ith four centuries to his name and is taking one at a time and is looking forward to the next match.
“Fortune favours the brave. I never think about the short boundary. My game is all about piercing the field and once I am in there the idea is to put pressure on the bowlers. My mantra is whatever has happened in the past, keep it in the past. It is a new day, present day and I don’t try to think what has happened. That is very critical from a team’s point of view, the guys who are batting well should carry on and get the team to a good total. What has happened today has happened, I need to focus on the next game now,” he concluded.