India downed neighbours Bangladesh in their World Cup quarter-final encounter at the MCG to advance to the semis. Here are 10 things that turned the game in India’s favour:
1. Rohit Sharma’s masterclass
Electing to bat, India were off to a nervy start with the score at 115/3 with 30 overs almost up. But Rohit Sharma, who had been quiet so far in the tournament, seized the day to score his first World Cup ton (137 off 126).
2. Suresh Raina’s invaluable knock
Raina’s knock pales in comparison to Rohit’s century but the duo shared a crucial 123-run partnership. Raina chipped in with a crucial 65 off 57.
3. Umpiring decisions
Rohit was on 90 when he was caught at deep midwicket. But umpire Aleem Dar wrongly ruled it as a no-ball. Replays showed the ball was only waist-high.
4. Singles and twos
The MCG is one of the biggest stadiums in the world and boundaries are hard to come by. But the Indian batsmen rotated the strike and kept the scoreboard ticking with ones and twos.
5. Runs in the death overs
In previous matches, India had failed to build on good starts by squandering the final overs. But this time, India upped the scoring rate in the death overs. Ravindra Jadeja scored a quick-fire 23 off 10.
6. Crossing the 300-run mark
Never in the history of the MCG has a 300-plus score been chased. Finishing the innings with 302/6 was a psychological blow to Bangladesh.
7. Disciplined bowling
Right from the onset, Indian bowlers maintained their line and length and picked up regular wickets. Umesh Yadav picked up 4 scalps while Mohammed Shami – with 2 wickets – is now the leading wicket-taker at the World Cup (17 wickets).
8. Getting the big fish early
Mahmudullah Riyad (21), Shakib Al Hasan (10) and Mushfiqur Rahim (27) were the biggest threats with the bat. But getting them out cheaply made the job easier for India.
9. Efficient fielding
Unlike India, Bangladesh were not allowed to rotate the strike or take singles and twos. The Indian fielding was at its best. There were also some splendid catches from Dhawan and MS Dhoni.
10. Crowd support
The match might have been in Melbourne but it felt like Mumbai or Kolkata. Indian fans turned up in big numbers to support their team.
India will meet the winner of Australia vs Pakistan in the semi-final.