Melbourne, March 19: Rohit Sharma with 137 runs jacked up India chances to another smooth sail in World Cup Quarterfinals match against Bangladesh with India setting a target of 303 runs that the Bangladesh team failed to match with all out in 45 overs scoring 193 runs.
It was already written on the wall that India was going to win today at the cricket World Cup quarterfinals match played in the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Thursday. For the sake of record and stats, no team has ever chased down a target of 300 at the huge MCG.
Earlier, Rohit’s 122-run fourth-wicket partnership with Suresh Raina (65) provided the base for the last time champions to set an overwhelming target though pacer Taskin Ahmed, 19, was able to pick up 3 wickets including that of Rohit. India won the toss and opted to bat first with openers Rohit and Shikhar Dhawan (30) crafting a 75-run stand to take India through the initial overs.
Initially, the Bangladesh pacers lacked sting and their captain Mashrafe Mortaza went for spinners Nasir Hossain in the fifth over. He too proved unsuccessful and even the other spinner Mahmudullah turned his arm over. It was only when Shakib Al Hasan, the left-arm spinner was brought in that they got immediate success with Dhawan stumped in the 17th over. After 8 more deliveries, fast bowler Rubel Hossain sent Virat Kohli (3) packing.
Tensed Indian team saw middle-order bat Ajinkya Rahane (19) did not last long with the team at 115/3 in the 28th over. Then Raina, the saviour, entered and cut loose right from the start giving his partner Rohit too to go for the shots. Raina, who scored an unbeaten century in the last game, made 7 boundaries and a six in his 57-ball innings.
The duo made made 50 runs in the batting powerplay (35-40 overs) to help India reach 205/3 and never looked back at the score. When Raina fell in the 44th over, Rohit kept up his shots to make his historic 7th One-Day International (ODI) century and become one of only three batsmen to hit 200s at MCG along with David Gower and Viv Richards. Rohit’s score included an amazing 14 fours and 3 sixes.