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Semifinal hopes end for brave Tigers

  • Published at 02:22 am July 3rd, 2019
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Bangladesh's Shakib al Hasan bowls during their World Cup match against India in Birmingham Tuesday Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik from Birmingham

Bangladesh’s win in their last match against Pakistan at Lords on Friday will not be enough for them to qualify for the top four.

Bangladesh’s semifinal hopes at the 2019 World Cup has been put into the grave as they lost to India by 28 runs in their group stage match at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Tuesday.

Bangladesh have seven points after eight games as they won three matches and lost four in their seven games. The other match was washed out and points were shared.

All the ten teams have played eight games and Australia (14 points) and India (13 points) already are qualified for the semifinal while the remaining two teams will be decided after the last round of play.
But since England have 10 points and New Zealand have 11, Bangladesh’s win in their last match against Pakistan at Lords on Friday will not be enough for them to qualify for the top four.

India posted a challenging 314 runs in the board losing nine wickets. In reply Bangladesh were all out for 286 with 12 balls being unused.  

Regular wickets holding Tigers in the middle period

Bangladesh openers Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar started steadily as they scored 39 in nine overs. But Tamim was played on in the third ball of 10th over against Mohammad Shami. Tamim got yet another start in the World Cup but could not prolong his innings as the opener made 22 off 31 balls. Bangladesh lost regular wickets in key moments of the game in the middle period and could not build a long partnership. Soumya Sarker (33), Mushfiqur Rahim (24), Liton Kumar Das (22) all got start, get settled in but lost their wickets in crucial moments. In-form Shakib al Hasan continued his great touch with the bat and picked up half century in 28th over.  But Shakib’s departure in the 34th over made it more difficult for the Tigers. Shakib top scored with 66 runs from 74 deliveries with six boundaries.  Along the way he become the first ever player to score over 500 runs and took 10 plus wickets at a World Cup. Shakib has scored 542 runs in seven innings and took 11 wickets in same number of innings as well in this tournament till date.

 Sabbir-Saifuddin partnership provided hope

When things were becoming difficult, Sabbir Rahman and Mohammad Saifuddin built a partnership in the later period of the innings and the way these two batted, it gave hope to Bangladesh camp. The two formed 66-run partnership in nine overs and Bangladesh were closing to their target slowly. But India pacer Jasprit Bumrah bowled Sabbir in the first ball of 44th over and yet again Bangladesh lost wicket in crucial moment. Sabbir made a run-a-ball 36 before losing his wicket. Saifuddin made a valiant effort in the end and remained unbeaten on 51 off 38 deliveries with nine boundaries. At one stage Bangladesh needed 36 runs from last three overs with two wickets in their hand. Saifuddin and Rubel Hossain took seven runs. With Saifuddin on the crease and short boundary one side, 29 runs from 14 balls was not impossible. But Bumrah bowled brilliant back to back yorkers to remove Rubel Hossain and Mustafizur Rahman and thus shattered Bangladesh’s dream.

Earlier, India captain Virat Kohli India made two changes as Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Dinesh Karthik came in. Bangladesh also made two changes in their playing eleven as Mahmudullah did not pass the fitness test prior to match. Sabbir Rahman came in for Mahmudullah while pacer Rubel Hossain replaced off-spinner Mehidy Hasan Miraz.

Opening stand lead the way for India

Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Lokesh Rahul backed their captain’s decision as India made a solid opening stand and batted confidently. Rohit and Rahul made a record opening stand of 180 runs for the first wicket which is the highest opening partnership in the ongoing World Cup so far. Bangladesh missed an easy chance of getting Rohit out in the fifth over as Tamim Iqbal dropped a regulation catch in the deep square region. Tamim made good ground and ran about 15 meters to get close to the ball. In the end, Tamim dropped the catch which cost Bangladesh heavily. In-form Rohit capitalized the chance and smashed a brilliant hundred - his fourth in the ongoing World Cup. He scored 104 off 92 deliveries with seven fours and five sixes. Rahul also played well and scored 77 off 92 deliveries before getting out to Rubel Hossain in the 33rd over. But by that time, India were well on course to a big total.

Mustafiz strikes late to bring Bangladesh back

Despite losing their openers, India were at a strong position to post a huge total as both Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant were set at the crease during 38 overs. The score was 237 for two then. Bangladesh captain Mashrafe bin Mortaza brought Mustafiz into the attack and the left arm pacer did the trick for the Tigers. Mustafiz got the important wicket of Kohli (26) in the 39th over and also removed the dangerous Hardik Pandya for naught. A double wicket maiden over by Mustafiz brought Bangladesh back into the game while the other Tigers’ bowlers kept the pressure on until the end to restrict India to 314 for nine in 50 overs. Bangladesh’s best bowler was Mustafiz as he picked up five wickets conceding 59 runs. Mustafiz bowled brilliantly in the slog overs as he conceded only 25 runs in fours overs and took five wickets. This is the fourth five-wicket haul for Mustafiz in his ODI career.  

MATCH 40

INDIA INNINGS        R    B

Rahul c Mushfiqur b Rubel     77    92

Rohit c Liton b Soumya     104    92

Kohli c Rubel b Mustafizur     26    27

Pant c Mosaddek b Shakib     48    41

Pandya c Soumya b Mustafizur0    2

Dhoni c Shakib b Mustafizur     35    33

Karthik c Mosaddek b Mustafizur 8    9

Bhuvneshwar run out         2    3

Shami b Mustafizur         1    2

Bumrah not out         0    0

Extras (lb6, nb1, w6)         13 

Total (50 overs) 314/9

Fall Of Wickets

1-180, 2-195, 3-237, 4-237, 5-277, 6-298, 7-311, 8-314, 9-314 

Bowling

Mashrafe 5-0-36-0, Saifuddin 7-0-59-0, Mustafizur 10-1-59-5, Shakib 10-0-41-1, Mosaddek 4-0-32-0, Rubel 8-0-48-1, Soumya 6-0-33-1

BANGLADESH INNINGS        R    B

Tamim b Shami             22    31 

Soumya c Kohli b Pandya         33    38

Shakib c Karthik b Pandya         66    74

Mushfiq c Shami b Chahal         24    23 

Liton c Karthik b Pandya         22    24 

Mosaddek b Bumrah             3    7 

Sabbir b Bumrah             36    36 

Saifuddin not out             51    38 

Mashrafe c Dhoni b Bhuvneshwar     8    5 

Rubel b Bumrah             9    11 

Mustafizur b Bumrah             0    1 

Extras (1b, 1lb, 10w)            12 

Total (48 overs)             286 all out 

Fall Of Wickets

1-39, 2-74, 3-121, 4-162, 5-173, 6-179, 7-245, 8-257, 9-286, 10-286 

Bowling

Bhuvneshwar 9-0-51-1, Bumrah 10-1-55-4, Shami 9-0-68-1, Chahal 10-0-50-1, Pandya 10-0-60-3

India won by 28 runs

MoM: Rohit Sharma