ICC World T20: India beat Bangladesh by 8 wickets; qualify for semi-final

Nishit Nakar / 28 March 2014

India defeated hosts Bangladesh by 8 wickets in the World Twenty20 Super-10 group match against India at Mirpur, Dhaka on Friday. With this win India have become the first team to qualify for the semi-final in this edition of the tournament.

Chasing an under-par total of 139 runs to win India chased it down in in the 19th over with nine deliveries to spare.

India chased down the target with help of half-centuries from Virat kohli (57), who was also top-scorer, and Rohit Sharma (56).

For the hosts Bangladesh Mashrafe Mortaza and Al-Amin Hossain picked up a wicket each.

Earlier, Bangladesh hobbled their way to a modest 138/7 after India won the toss and invited Tigers to bat.

For India Amit Mishra was once again the pick of the bowler concluding with 3/26 in his four allotted overs, while Ravichandran Ashwin finished with impressive figures of 2/15 runs off his four overs.

On the other hand, Anamul Haque was the top scorer with 44 runs off 43 balls, while Mahmudullah contributed a quick-fire 33 off 23 balls striking at 143.47 per hundred balls.

Heading into this match India picked up an unchanged side from the team which defeated the West Indies in their last encounter on Sunday.

India now are now practically in the semi-finals from this group after defending champions the West Indies defeated Australia by six wickets in a trilling match earlier in the day.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh made couple of changes to the side which was thrashed by the West Indies in their last match on Tuesday by replacing of Mominul Haque and Sabbir Rahman with Nasir Hossain and Shamsur Rahman respectively.

Top two teams from each of the two groups will qualify for the semi-finals. The final will be held in Dhaka on April 6.

BANGLADESH: Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Shamsur Rahman, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (capt & wk), Nasir Hossain, Mahmudullah, Ziaur Rahman, Sohag Gazi, Mashrafe Mortaza, Al-Amin Hossain

INDIA: RG Sharma, S Dhawan, SK Raina, Yuvraj Singh, V Kohli, MS Dhoni (capt & wk), R Ashwin, RA Jadeja, A Mishra, B KumarMohammed Shami

Brief score:  India (V Kohli 57*, Mashrafe Mortaza 1/23) beat Bangladesh (A Haque 44, A Mishra 3/26) by 8 wickets

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