Well to begin with, there was certainly an air of acknowledgement by the Indian openers not taking too much time to settle post their disastrous start vs England. India opting to bat first at Edgbaston witnessed a flying start by their with KL Rahul (77) and Rohit Sharma (104) putting on 180 runs for the 1st wicket under 30 overs which became the highest opening stand in this World Cup surpassing the 160 run stand of England openers. Rohit Sharma showed intent hitting trademark pull six in the very 1st over, infact he started his innings with no boundaries but two sixes in the 1st powerplay while KL was silently rotating the strike and hitting boundaries at regular intervals. Sharma who scored a 92 ball 104 became only the 2nd batsman in the history after Sangakkara to score 4 tons in a World Cup Tournament. Risabh Pant looked really confident his knock of 48 while Dhoni again repeated the mistakes of his last game but there is nothing much to say for him. Dinesh Karthik who got a chance in the death overs was obviously in the hit out or get out situation, so we can’t write him off with just one bad game either. India eventually reached a total of 314/9 in 50 overs with Mustafizur bowling a yet another excellent spell of 5/59 in 10 overs including the big wickets of Dhoni, Kohli, Pandya and Dinesh Karthik.
Chasing 315 was obviously going to be tough but what makes you fall in love with Bangladesh is their fighting spirit. Not a single minute in their run chase did they looked defensive or they appeared as if they have given up on the game. Every batsman from top to middle gave starts while Shakib (66) once again looked dangerous at one point before Pandya gave a major breakthough taking his wicket on a slow ball. Just when we thought India looks poised for an easy win came a mind blowing 66 run stand between Sabbir Rahman (36) and Saifuddin (51* off 38) for the 7th wicket. The way both the batsman fought it out, it was just a moment of pride for all the cricket fans. At the same stage in this tournament, if we had Dhoni or Kedar batting, they would be dodging the balls or take those odd ones and two’s but Sabbir and Saifuddin almost tried to get runs in every ball. There were wild swings, batsman charging up and coming ahead to a fast bowler, there was Sabbir sweeping with ease to Chahal. Saifuddin in particular played some really dangerous shots which must have dented the morale of Indian bowlers. Bangla tigers even after losing 6 wkts did not gave up taking on our pace spearhead Mohammad Shami confidently for 16 runs in an over in the last 10 overs.
With around 28 runs required in last 2 overs with Saifuddin who was hitting the ball so sweetly, the match had become a thriller before our reliable Bumrah bowled two deadly unplayable deliveries to remove the tailenders.
Again it was a brilliant fight by Bangladesh and they will go back home with a lot of pride. Shakib with 500+ runs and 11wkts is now the only all rounder in World Cup history to score more than 500 runs and take 10+ wickets in the competetion.
However, India did got the better of the Bangladesh winning the match by 28 runs. Rohit Sharma for his sparkling ton was declared ‘man of the match’. With this win India reach the semis while Bangladesh sadly gets knocked out of the tournament.