India Talks with Bat and Ball Crush Bangladesh in 2015 World Cup QuarterfinalIndia defeated Bangladesh with a big margin of 109 runs to sail to the semifinal of 2015 World Cup at MCG. India scored a huge 302 runs with the bat after winning the toss and electing to bat first in the second quarterfinal match against Bangladesh. In reply, Bangladesh was all out for 193 runs.

The Indian openers, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma provided India solid start of 50 plus runs, but then India was reduced to 115 for 3. But with Rohit on the rampage, and Raina scoring briskly, Bangladesh could not have done any better. Rohit got a reprieve on 90 when a ball which was caught in the deep was ruled to be waist high by the umpire, and hence a no ball. He ultimately scored 137 studded with 14 boundaries and 3 sixes in 126 balls. Bangladesh which was playing its first quarterfinal match of a World Cup kept India in check up to 35 overs, but later wilted and squandered 147 runs in the last 15 overs. With India scoring 300 plus runs, it was near impossible for Bangladesh to overhaul it.

Bangladesh, an improved team, no doubt, which beat England to enter the quarterfinal found India too formidable. It started the run chase with all guns blazing by Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes who scored 31 of the first six overs, but on their failing in the next over off successive balls writings seemed to be on the walls for an already hapless Bangladesh. India’s bowling was excellently supported by fielding. Mahmudullah, who scored two successive centuries in the league stage, was excellently caught for 21 by Dhawan on fine leg boundary with grand athleticism. With Dhoni taking a diving catch to oust Soumys Sarker, it was just a matter of time, and the Bangladesh innings eventually came to end in the 45th over with only 193 on the board when Yadav took two wickets in the same over.

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