India got off to a flying start banking on their openers – Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul in the ongoing game against Bangladesh at Edgbaston in Birmingham. Rohit registered his fourth century of the tournament and equalled former Sri Lanka skipper Kumar Sangakkara’s record of four hundreds in one edition.
Virat Kohli & Co made a couple of changes going into this game after their defeat against host England. They brought in Dinesh Karthik and Bhuvneshwar Kumar in place of Kedar Jadhav and Kuldeep Yadav respectively to strengthen their batting after their debacle in the last few games. Moreover, India needed a good opening stand, which they found finally against Bangladesh. Last match centurion Rohit Sharma once again got India off to an extremely good start alongside KL Rahul.
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Rohit and Rahul added 180 runs for the first wicket which is also the highest first wicket partnership for India in the World Cups. Rohit Sharma was the aggressor of the two bringing on his 500 World Cup only to become second India after Sachin Tendulkar to achieve this feat. In the process, he also overtook Australia’s David Warner to become the highest run-scorer of the tournament. Although, the Mumbai opener got a life when he was batting at nine, but since then he has looked flawless smashing the balls all over the park.
KL Rahul also didn’t lag behind bringing his fifty, which will give him the much-needed confidence. Rohit Sharma brought his fourth World Cup century with a single off Shakib Al Hasan only to get out playing a mistimed shot off Soumya Sarkar at 104 runs. With this three-figure mark, Rohit equalled Kumar Sangakkara’s record of four centuries in one season. The former Sri Lankan achieved the feat in the 2015 World Cup, and Rohit became only the second India to achieve this landmark.
However, Bangladesh struck back twice in quick time to have 195 for two. Skipper Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant are currently at the crease as India look forward to the 350+ target.