ICC World Cup 2019: India becomes the second team to qualify for semi-finals

India beat Bangladesh in their penultimate league match of World Cup 2019 in Birmingham to sail into the semi-finals on Tuesday. India entered the Cricket World Cup semi-finals after beating opponents Bangladesh by 28 runs. For India, opener Rohit Sharma smashed his fourth century of this year’s tournament. His 180-run opening partnership with KL Rahul help India to post a commanding 314/9. In reply, Bangladesh could only manage 286 in 48 overs with the help of Shakib Al Hasan’s 66 runs. Jasprit Bumrah took (4-55) and two wickets with the final two deliveries to seal the victory.

This is the 3rd time in succession that India have qualified for the last-4 stage of the sport’s most prestigious tournament. Incidentally, it’s also the 7th time in 12 editions of the World Cup that India has reached the semis – 1983, 1987, 1996, 2003, 2011, 2015 being the other instances. Notably, India has prevailed in 3 out of the 7 semi-final appearances while going on to win the title twice. Victorious Indian skipper, Virat Kohli, said that Bangladesh played some really good cricket in the tournament but is happy that India made it through. On the 5-bowler strategy, he praised Hardik Pandya who has shown immense maturity. On the team changes for that particular game, Kohli said that they were made due to the boundary dimensions of this ground and wants his side to be flexible. On Rohit’s form, he calls him the best ODI player in the world. For Bumrah’s bowling, Virat added that the first few overs went for runs but the champion bowler that he is, bounced back superbly.

India will be playing Sri Lanka on July 6 in their last league game before playing in the semi-finals. India’s opponents during the semis are not yet decided as the qualification scenarios for the 2 teams apart from Australia and India will only get clearer over the next few matches.

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