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Live Commentary: India v Bangladesh - as it happened

Relive Sports Mole's live coverage of the Cricket World Cup quarter-final between India and Bangladesh.

India are through to the quarter-finals of the Cricket World Cup, after an emphatic 109-run victory over Bangladesh in Melbourne.

Opening batsman Rohit Sharma shone with the bat for the defending champions as he hit a fine 137, while Suresh Raina (65) impressed in the middle overs as India finished on 302-6.

Bangladesh lost frequent wickets in reply, as Tamim Iqbal (25), Soumya Sarkar (29) and Mushfiqur Rahim (29) failed to build on their positive starts, before they slumped to 193 all out.

Fast bowler Umesh Yadev starred with the ball for India, as he too 4-31 from his nine overs.

Read below to see how the action unfolded at the MCG.

Hello and welcome to Sports Mole's live coverage of the Cricket World Cup quarter-final clash between India and Bangladesh.

We are now finally into the business end of this marathon tournament, and one of these teams will join South Africa in the semi-finals. The Proteas thrashed Sri Lanka yesterday, and they will face the winner of New Zealand and West Indies for a place in the final. Meanwhile, today's lucky winners will play either Australia or Pakistan in their last four clash.

TOSS! India have won the toss and have elected to bat on a surface which looks perfect for batting. Expect runs to flow from the likes of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni in the first innings.

TEAM NEWS India have named an unchanged side from the one which beat Zimbabwe by six wickets, as their fearsome seam attack of Mohit Sharma, Mohammad Shami and Umesh Yardv line up together once more. Bangladesh have made one change to their side, as captain Mashrafe Mortaza returns in place of Taijul Islam.

INDIA XI Rohit Sharma, Dhawan, Kohli, Rahane, Raina, Dhoni (c), Jadeja, Ashwin, Mohit Sharma, Shami, Yadev.

BANGLADESH XI Iqbal, Kayes, Sarkar, Mahmudullah, Al-Hasan, Rahim, Rahmann, Hussain, Mortaza (c), Hossain, Ahmed.

In the past, this fixture would have been seen as a foregone conclusion, but Bangladesh are made of sterner stuff these days, as England found out to their cost. India lost to The Tigers in the 2007 World Cup in the group stage, and they will be wary of a similar upset.

Stat of the day: This is Bangladesh's 300th one-day international. They played India in their 100th and 150th, and won both games. Is that an omen?

The sun is shining in Melbourne, and the MCG looks magnificent as the teams walk out. India will target a score of way over 300 in their innings, on a pitch which has given us some of the highest scores in this tournament so far. Can Bangladesh stop them? We're about to find out...

There is a slight delay as the team's obey the national anthems. But we're ready to go! Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan will open the batting for India...

It's not a great start for the returning Mushrafe Mortaza, as his first ball is over-pitched and smacked for four by Sharma. Three dot balls will help to calm his nerves, but a second boundary follows as he sprays the ball too far down the leg side and it clips Sharma's thigh pad on its way to the fence. Good start for India.

Taskin Ahmed opens the bowling from the Great Southern Stand end, and he immediately shows his intent with a well directed bouncer. Shikhar Dhawan is a strong player through the off-side, but Bangladesh have packed that side of the field to try and thwart him. It doesn't matter though, as Dhawan connects with the final ball of the over and it races to the boundary through cover. Classy shot.

What a shot by Sharma to start the third over. He leans on another over-pitched Mortaza delivery and it races down the ground for four. This outfield is very fast and Sharma looks in good touch, but he edges the final ball and is lucky it doesn't carry to slip. That should give Mortaza some confidence.

Sharma is clearly not put off by his minor escape in the previous over as he picks up on a short Ahmed delivery and pulls it high over the in-field for four. Ahmed responds well as he pitches the ball up and almost finds the edge with a beautiful delivery which just shaped away. Bangladesh remain wicketless in the opening overs.

Bangladesh may be thinking about a bowling change soon, with Rubel Hossain waiting in the wings. Mortaza has taken out his second slip already and he continues to struggle with his line and length. India add three more runs to the total, and Bangladesh will be worried about how easy it all is so far.

Bangladesh have made a change, as Taskin Ahmed is taken out of the attack to be replaced by off-spinner Nasir Hussain. The ball isn't turning, but at the pace Nasir is bowling it's unlikely to as he fires the ball in flat and fast. He concedes two singles in a drama-free over.

A quick look around the MCG shows a lot of empty seats, the locals clearly didn't hear that a World Cup quarter-final is taking place. They're missing out on some fine batting too, as Dhawan cuts Mortaza for four. The left-handed opener will hope to score a second century on this ground in this tournament, following his 137 against South Africa. He adds eight more to the total, and reaches double figures.

It's all going on here! Nasir almost takes the first wicket of the day, as he finds the inside edge of Dhawan, but it lands safely. The opener then darts down the ground but mistimes his effort straight to the fielder at cover. Not to worry, Sharma shows him how it's done two balls later, with a delightful chip down the ground for another boundary.

Dhawan is going after Mortaza here. He attacks the first ball of the over and tries to pull a short ball for four. It's mis-hit but it lands safely in the out-field and he takes two runs. Next up, he flicks Mortaza to the boundary with minimal effort, and tries to follow that up with a booming drive through cover. Mortaza sees the over out, but he must be thinking about a change.

That's a 50 partnership for Sharma and Dhawan. Sharma scruffily brings it up with a mistimed hit off a Nasir long-hop which almost gets caught. But no matter, we've already seen him play some brilliant strokes. India have 51 off the first powerplay and they will be very happy with that.

Batting hero Mohammad Mahmuddulah, who scored a memorable century against England, is on for Bangladesh at the end of the powerplay. His opener can be best described as a loosener, as it's a full ball which almost hit Dhawan in his stomach. Apart from that it's a tidy start from the off-spinner, but there are still no signs of a wicket.

Off-spinner Nasir is out of the attack, as fast bowler Rubel Hossain stretches his legs. It's a good start for Hossian as he keeps a tight line and restricts India to just a single. Mortaza may regret not bringing him on earlier.

Hang on, Mahmudullah's spell lasted just one over as Nasir is back, having switched ends. Now the fielders have scattered, you can see how huge the MCG is which will suit India, who will look to keep the scoreboard ticking over with a lot of ones and twos. That's what happens here, as they add three more to the total. Sharma sits on 30, with Dhawan on 24.

A very colourful TV graphic shows that Bangladesh have bowled far too short so far. Is it just me who is reminded of England? Hossain's positive first over doesn't lead to anything more here, as his line is slightly too straight and it's and easy for Dhawan and Sharma to work him away for four more runs.

Bangladesh wicket-keeper Mushfiqur Rahim is sporting a pair of very interesting green and red sunglasses. In truth, he doesn't need them as clouds have formed over the MCG and there are reports of rain in the area. The light has certainly dimmed. Nasir is bowling a tight over here, but Sharma cuts loose on the final ball with an almighty thump down the ground for six! That's the first maximum of the match, and a fine strike from Sharma.

Bowling bouncers at Dhawan seems to be a Bangladesh tactic, and it almost works for Hossain. The bowler put an extra lick of pace on it, and it takes the batsman by surprise. The ball landed safely, but Dhawan didn't look in control. Another short ball follows, which he wisely leaves alone, but Bangladesh think he's nicked the next short one and appeal with enthusiasm. The umpire says no, and replays show that he got the decision spot on. But these are encouraging signs for The Tigers, just as everyone stops to take a drink.


Bangladesh make a change, as Nasir is replaced by ex-captain Shakib Al-Hasan, and the move pays off! The left-arm spinner entices Dhawan forward for the big shot, but he completely misses it and Rahim impressively stumps him. That brings Virat Kohli to the crease and he is off the mark straight away. No matter though, Bangladesh have lift off!


Wickets are like London buses in Melbourne today. You wait 16 overs for one, and another comes a long straight after. Kohli averages 127 against Bangladesh, but he only gets three today as he nicks a full Hossain delivery behind. It's a neat catch by Rahim, and India's danger man is out!

Sharma stokes a single off Al-Hasan's first delivery and that brings new batsman Ajinkya Rahane on strike. The new man looks slightly nervy but he negotiates the spin easily. Al-Hasan keeps it tight though, and concedes just two singles in another good over for The Tigers.

Bangladesh really have their tails up now and there is plenty of chat in the field, after a flat start. A positive Mortaza gives Hossain a second slip, and he almost gets a third wicket as Rahane mis-times a cut shot and nearly drags it on to the stumps. Brilliant stuff from Hossain. He's bowled five overs in this spell though, so they may want to bring him off soon.

Shakib really does race through his overs. He doesn't let the batsman settle, and it's working well. Two singles come from the over, as India keep the score ticking along, albeit slower than they would like.

Sharma looks calm and relaxed out there, as he continues to block, nurdle and slash his way towards a half-century. Hossain has restrained him though, and he has superb figures of 1-14 from six overs. He'll be vital at the end of the innings, so will Bangladesh take him off now?

Shakib strays from his tight line and length a bit and India find a few more runs. There are signs that Sharma and Rahane feel comfortable again, as their foot work has become more purposeful. Six runs follow from the over.

Hossain is indeed given a rest, as fast-bowler Taskin Ahmed is brought back into the attack. The 19-year-old bowled a bit too loosely at the beginning of the innings, but he's more consistent in this over. Rahane scores just one from it, and Taskin gets a pat on the back for a job well done.

Rahane clearly fancies having a go at Shakib, as he moves down the pitch to open up the off side. The spinner is aware of it though, and responds by firing flat balls aimed at his feet. Three more runs are added to the total, and they've reached the half-way stage with less than 100 on the board.

Taskin looks deflated as his fine over is undone by a Rahane edge that goes to the boundary from the final ball. Prior to that, he kept it water tight and bowled on the money each time. India need a spark to get going again, and they will hope that boundary is it.

FIFTY! The India balcony looks slightly worried, because this is, in theory, a fine pitch for batting and India are way behind where they want to be. However, Sharma is still there and he brings up his 26th one-day half-century with a single. You feel he is crucial to how the last 23 overs are going to go for the defending champions.


What a key moment in the game this could be! Sharma starts the over by whipping a delightful shot for four through the on-side, but India finish it by losing a third wicket. Rahane tries to emulate Sharma's new aggressive approach and mistimes a shot straight to Al-Hasan at mid-off. The ex-skipper dives to his right to take the catch and Bangladesh go wild.

Off-spinner Nasir is back and he's facing up to new batsman Suresh Raina. The left-handed batsman creates a boundary with an edge of the inside of his pad that runs for four, in the only action of note. It's crucial India build a partnership here, as these two will look to score quickly.

It appears that umpire Aleem Dar is in a spot of bother out here, as he's been clutching his shoulder with a pained look on his face. He carries on for now, along with fast-bowler Taskin. The teenager gets away with a short and wide delivery to Sharma, who mishits his shot and looks annoyed with himself. Raina makes up for it though as he hits a boundary with the final ball, but it's a thick edge which evades the man at first slip. Still, they all count.

India are certainly not panicking despite the low run-rate. They still have two powerplays to go, and some big hitters to come. Six singles off Nasir will do nicely, and the off-spinner looks like being the weak link in the attack today. Can India take advantage?

The captain, Mashrafe Mortaza, brings himself back into the attack. He has figures of 0-25 from five overs so far, and, in truth, he was poor earlier on. He doesn't have a good start here either, as a short and wide delivery is dispatched by Sharma for four. A fielding error gifts India two more, as Rahim goes AWOL behind the stumps, before Sharma sneaks a couple. That's India's best over for a long time and Mortaza has a decision to make over whether he bowls again.

That's much better from Nasir as he starts the over with three dot balls. Raina seems to be content to let Sharma be the aggressor, as he sits patiently and waits for a single. Three runs follow, but Bangladesh will be happy with their off-spinner there.

Suresh Raina is one lucky boy right here! Mortaza is convinced he's got him out plump lbw, but the umpire says no. The review looked perfect for Bangladesh, but the ball pitched 1mm outside leg stump. There is no doubt that the ball was destined to hit the stumps, and Raina can thank his lucky stars. Sharma finds the boundary a few balls later with a controlled dab down to third man, and India will be happy with the six runs they scored.

Nasir lost his way a bit earlier, but he is bang on the money here. Another tight over keeps Raina quiet, and India enter the final 15 overs with just 155 on the board, and just 13 boundaries reached.

Mortaza is being targeted here at the start of the batting powerplay, as Raina starts the over by beautifully lofting him for four over the off-side. A clever dab down to third man splits the fielders and finds the fence again, leaving Mortaza with an angry look on his face. 300 is well within sight here for India, and there is a sense that the momentum is starting to swing their way.

Impressive left-arm spinner Shakib Al-Hasan is back into the attack, which is a bold move in the middle of the powerplay. Too bold? Maybe, as Raina greets him by hitting an almighty six back over his head, to bring up a 50 partnership between him and Sharma. That's got the crowd going! Sharma blocks a few balls, before he slog-sweeps the final ball for four to complete the over. Bangladesh look edgy now.

Rubel Hossain is back, but he can't stem the flow of runs. Raina flicks a full toss for four, while five singles keeps the scoreboard ticking. Raina is playing a nice little run-a-ball innings here, which is complimenting Sharma nicely, and he has started to score positively which isn't good for Bangladesh.


Just as Taskin Ahmed returns, the rain arrives. However, fear not. This looks like just a brief shower and we shouldn't be off for long.

In fact, we will restart in four minutes. That was all pretty pointless then really as it wasn't raining hard at all.

Worryingly though, an Australian weather report suggests that much heavier stuff is on its way.

Anyway, the players are back out after that short break and play will resume imminently.

The average run-rate in the final ten overs of this tournament is 10.45, so India will be confident of reaching 300. Sharma gets off to a flyer after the break, as he deliberately edges one to the boundary which prompts Bangladesh to put a slip in place. Four more singles follow, as India near 200.

Drama here! Sharma is caught in the deep off a full Hossain delivery, but the umpire calls a no ball! The replay shows that it was around waist height, and that is what the decision was called for. Raina gets lucky on the next ball as he mistimes a delivery which lands safe, before he pummels a four through the off-side.

FIFTY! India scored 50 off that five-over Powerplay. Bangladesh respond by bringing on Shakib Al-Hasan again. But he is powerless to stop Suresh Raina from reaching his half-century off his 46th ball. Sharma adds another four, and he is just one boundary away from a century. Raina hits another four off the final ball of the over to bring up their 100 partnership, and India are running riot out here.

CENTURY! You have to admire Mashrafe Mortaza. He's had a poor day with the ball, but he's back for a third spell just when India are hitting boundaries for fun. Raina is finding gaps with routine ease, as he clips a ball off his legs for four. While, Sharma brings up his seventh one-day century with a calm shot for two.

Raina's eyes are lighting up out there, but he fails to find the middle of the bat with two successive Shakib deliveries. The spinner gains confidence and bowls a tight over and Bangladesh will be relieved.


Raina's fine innings is over after he miscued a Mortaza delivery straight up in the air. A lot of credit must go to Rahim, who held his nerve under the high ball. Raina rode his luck a bit in this over, and Mortaza has his wicket. Sharma finishes the over with another stylish back-foot drive that flies for four.

Indian captain MS Dhoni is now at the crease with the aim of hitting as many boundaries as possible. Bangladesh will be happy to get rid of Raina, but Dhoni is not the man they want to see at the other end of the wicket. Taskin's eighth over gets off to a good start with just one run conceded from his first three deliveries, and India can only add three more. Bangladesh have responded really well in the last three overs.

Hossain is back for Bangladesh and Sharma welcomes him with a fine six over mid-off, before he pulls the next ball through mid-wicket for four. This is brutal hitting, mixed with silky timing. A couple of singles follow, before Sharma blasts Hossain's final ball through the off-side for another boundary.


Taskin has his man, but he had to endure some pain first. Sharma pulled the teenager into the crowd with a fine six, before he backed that up with another four. However, the teenager splatters his stumps with the final ball of the over, with a full yorker. It brings an end to a fine innings from Sharma.

Sharma's wicket brings Ravindra Jadeja to the crease and he finds the boundary with a wild swing that nicks the ball down to third man of Al-Hasan. His next shot is much better, as he bludgeons it to the fence down the ground. It's vital for Indian that he and Dhoni can score quickly from here.


Brilliant from Jadeja! Taskin gets the yorker spot on, but he manages to turn it away for four behind square on the leg side. He repeats the shot through mid-wicket, but Bangladesh seem to have it covered on the fence. However, another major fielding error sees the ball reach the boundary, and Mortaza's angry expression says it all. Dhoni hasn't quite got it going today, and a desperate pull shot spoons up in the air, and presents Nasir with a simple catch.

Ashwin is the new batsman, and he and Jadeja seem content to hit singles in an uneventful final over. Credit must go to Rubel Hossain, who was accurate and fast to the end. Bangladesh need 303 to win, and that is very doable.

So, we certainly have a game on today! India will be happy to have got 302, but Bangladesh will feel that they can knock that off on such a big pitch. Will India regret their mid-innings slump, or will Rohit Sharma prove to be the match-winner? Join us in half an hour to find out!

Welcome back, Bangladesh are about to get their run chase under way with Tamin Iqbal and Imrul Kayes at the crease. Can they pull off a shock and reach the semi-finals? Let's see!

Umesh Yadav opens the bowling for India, and Bangladesh are off the mark quickly as Iqbal pulls the ball away for two. Yadav is bowling at a good pace, but it's his tight line outside the off-stump which keeps Iqbal in check in the opening over. Kayes's first ball seems to go harmlessly wide, but some Indian players are convinced he's nicked it. Dhoni isn't interested but snickometre suggests Kayes touched it with the bottom of his bat, as he was trying to lift it out of the way.

Mohammad Shami shares the new ball with Yadav, as India seek early wickets from two of their pace trio. It's a wayward start from Shami, who sends his first two balls harmlessly wide, before Iqbal works him on to the leg side for two. These Indian openers are getting much more bite out of the pitch than their Bangladesh counterparts, and it's a good start for the defending champions.

Brilliant from Yadav, who opens up the third over with a beauty which almost finds the edge of Kayes's bat. The batsman then tries to slog him out of the ground but only connects with air, and Yadav completes an impressive maiden over.

This is a really good over from Bangladesh. Iqbal slashes at air as he tries to smash the cover off a wayward Shami ball which is called for a wide, but it doesn't take him long to connect with one as he caresses an over-pitched ball down the ground for the first boundary of the innings. Two more heavy hits through the off-side race to the boundary, and Iqbal has settled nicely.

Yadav is building pressure on Kayes, who reaches nine balls without a run. He hasn't looked comfortable so far, but he will be relieved to see his off-side shot break through the field. It's not perfectly timed though, and he picks up the only three runs from the over.

Shami's poor start has cost him, as Momit Sharma is brought straight into the attack. Kayes edges a nervy single, but Iqbal looks full of confidence as he runs down the pitch and swings hard. It's not a perfect connection at all, but it's hit hard enough to travel for four. He follows that up with a mis-timed pull shot that earns two, but he's lucky that his next mis-hit doesn't find the fielder at third man. It's a breathless start from Iqbal, but you expect nothing less.



Disaster for Bangladesh, and it already looks like a real tall order for them to get through now. Iqbal tried to whack one too many and nicked Yadav to Dhoni behind the stumps, which then brought Soumya Sarkar to the crease. The new batsman tried to get off the mark straight away, but a communication mix-up left Kayes stranded and Jadeja combined with Yadav to run him out. Disaster. Game over?

Mohammad Mahmudullah is the next man in, and Bangladesh will need him to score his third century in a row if they are going to win from here. He is almost out immediately though, as Sharma arrows a beauty marginally past his outside edge. A bold swipe on a wide delivery flies wide of the slip corden, and races to the boundary to get him off the mark.

The Indian team are very vocal out there at the moment, and Yadav looks in his element as he builds pressure on the runless Sarkar. The number three then gets away from him with a nudge of his hips, but the bowler continues to keep it tight in another fine over.

Super shot from Sarkar to open the tenth over, as he cleverly helps a Sharma short ball over Dhoni's head and to the boundary for his first four. But just when you think it might settle him down, he chucks the bat at a ball he shouldn't be trying to smash, and totally misses it. Sharma then goes round the wicket and Sarkar works him away for a single to finish the over, and the first powerplay. Bangladesh have scored runs, but they've lost two wickets and look reckless.

Ravichandran Ashwin replaces Yadav to introduce some spin, and he makes a good start as it takes Sarkar four balls to score a run. Ashwin maintains a tight line and concedes just two runs in the over.

Suresh Raina is handed the ball at the other end as India go for an all spin attack. So far it's working perfectly, as Raina bowls a maiden over thanks to six fast, flat deliveries, which Mahmudullah can't work into space.

Dhoni is keeping everyone on their toes out there, as Ashwin is replaced after just one over and Sharma comes back into the fold. Mahmudullah doesn't like being tied down for long though, as he shifts his feet and launches Sharma back over his head for four. He tries to repeat the trick, but he instead gets an inside edge which marginally avoids the stumps. Bangladesh seem more comfortable with fast bowlers, so expect the spinners to return.

Raina is back, but he won't get a second successive maiden as Mahmudullah sweeps him for a couple. Dhoni adds a leg slip for Sarkar, showing how comfortable he is with the situation of the game. Bangladesh are still scoring at a decent rate though, and this partnership is building nicely.

Sarkar still seems trigger happy as he tries to pull Sharma hard, and misses completely. With Mahmudullah scoring at the other end, he just needs to make sure he stays in and supports him at this stage. A mistimed cover drive almost provides India with a simple catch, but it flies just over the head of the fielder. That's a better over from Sharma, who had proved to be expensive up to now.

Sarkar finally connects with one and he sends a Raina delivery flying over the in-field and straight to the boundary. That's much better from the number three. A few more singles turn it into a good over for Bangladesh as they head into a drinks break.


Sharma is replaced by Shami, who bowled two overs and conceded 17 runs at the beginning of the match. Mahmudullah gets a single off his first delivery, before Sarkar again tries a risky shot that doesn't come off. He runs the third ball of the over down to third man for a single, before Mahmudullah gives his wicket away as he pulls Shami high towards the boundary. Lurking underneath it is Dhawan, who juggles it three times to make sure he remains inside the ropes. Bangladesh are in real peril now.

Bangladesh's star player, Shakib Al-Hasan, has a mighty job on his hands, and he's lucky not to be bowled by a fine Ashwin delivery. Ashwin's impressive over is spoiled by a fine slog into the crowd from Sarkar, who seems determined to carry on being aggressive.

Another good over for India, as Shami finally tightens up after a leaky start. Just three runs come off the over, and the required run-rate has just reached seven. India are firmly in control.

Ashwin's off-spin is causing all sorts of problems out there for Bangladesh. He isn't bowling any loose deliveries, and all the batsmen can do is settle for three more singles.


Sometimes it comes off and sometimes it doesn't, but there is no doubt that Soumya Sarkar is fun to watch. He takes a step back and carves Shami over the in-field for a clever boundary, but he can only fend off his next aggressive delivery, and Dhoni dives to his right to take a smart catch. It's been fun to watch Sarkar. He's a talent.

Wicket-keeper Mushfiqur Rahim joins Shakib Al-Hasan at the crease, and these two will look to steady the ship and build a partnership. Ashwin isn't in a kind mood here though, and he bowls another maiden over. That required run-rate is going up and up.

Bangaldesh can take comfort from the fact that India had virtually the same number of runs at this stage, but Bangladesh have lost two more wickets and don't have the strength in depth. A peach from Shami almost sends Rahim back to the pavilion, but it darts past the edge. India won't mind too much though, as it's another maiden.

Shakib finally ends this runless streak with a single to point, but that's all they get from another stingy Ashwin over. The off-spinner has figures of 5-0-13-0 and is suffocating this Bangladesh middle-order.

Ravindra Jadeja, who is ranked as the 18th best one-day bowler, is on to test Bangladesh with some left-arm spin. He doesn't get off to a good start as he bowls a wide down the leg side and lets Shakib escape with a single. Rahim then gets off the mark with a single from his 13th ball, but four runs is still good for India as we reach the half-way point.

Really good shot from Rahim, as he moves his feet and cuts Ashwin away for a couple. He then looks to go through the leg side and adds two more, while showing plenty of attacking intent. A single after that brings up 100 for Bangladesh.

Jadeja does get through his overs quickly. This one flies by for the loss of just two singles. Bangladesh have to move quickly soon, or this will really start to get away from them.

The required run-rate is almost at nine runs per over now, as Ashwin keeps the pressure by giving nothing away. Two singles come off the over and Bangladesh need to motor soon.


Disaster for Bangladesh, who are on the ropes now. Shakib tries to up the tempo, but all he can do is cut Jadeja to Shami at backward point. It's a simple catch. Sabbir Rahman is at the crease now, and he gets off the mark with a single.

Fine shot from Rahim, as he powerfully sweeps Ashwin into the deep. He gets just two for it though, and the spinner keeps it tight from there.

Rahim hits Bangladesh's first boundary in ten overs as he slog-sweeps Jadeja over cow corner for four. Three more singles follow, and seven in total off the over. Is Rahim about to go for it? He looks lively at the crease.

It's another quiet over from Ashwin, who has bowled nine overs for the loss of just 26 runs. Rahim and Rahman nudge singles, but it's boundaries they need from here.

Rahim takes the aerial route again, but he picks out the fielder in the deep from Jadeja's short ball. But he hits his second boundary next time around, with a controlled slog-sweep through the leg side. Eight runs come of the over and that is Bangladesh's best total for a while.

Yadav is back to add some pace, but his radar isn't quite as good as it was earlier on, as he's called for a wide on his third delivery. Bangladesh's run-rate has dropped to below four now, and it's hard to see what their game plan is. They remain comfortable taking singles, and add six more to the total.

The match is in a bit of a lull now, as India try to contain The Tigers, who are happy collecting singles. Rahim (27) and Rahman (14) have strike-rates at around 65%, while Jadeja's figures now read 6-1-28-1. Impressive from the left-armer.


Bangladesh call for a powerplay, but Rahim gifts his wicket away on the first ball. He tries to pull Yadav through mid-wicket, but he can only spoon it in in the air for Dhoni to catch. In comes Nasir Hussain, and he manages to strike a boundary, before Sabir Rahman hits consecutive fours. A good over in terms of runs, but losing Rahim has spoiled it.

Fast bowler Mohammed Shami is back for the powerplay overs, and he opens with a bouncer which is called a wide by the umpires. Two singles follow, before Nasir steps back and cuts the bowler behind square for four. Bangladesh have scored 20 runs from their last two overs, but it's surely too little too late?

Yadav makes a strong start to the 38th over, with some accurate balls which are hard for the Bangladesh batsmen to score off. Nasir tries to cut him to the boundary on two occasions, but finds the fielder both times.

Bangladesh certainly prefer the gentler pace and bounce of Shami, as Nasir pulls him away comfortably for three. Bangladesh need 139 more runs to win, at a run-rate of just under 14 per over.

India take a gamble by throwing Ashwin on at the end of the powerplay and it almost brings a seventh wicket. Rahman's mis-timed effort flew to Dhawan, but he couldn't hold it as he dived forward. Ashwin concedes just four runs, and 30 for his ten overs.

Nasir opens his arms and belts Jadeja over mid-on for four. But the left-arm spinner is wise to the threat for the rest of the over, and restricts Bangladesh to only one more single.

Sharma comes back for his sixth over, but its still not going right for him today. Nasir picks up on a short delivery and pulls him for four to score his fourth boundary, but he sways out of the way of the four other short-pitched balls. Will Bangladesh show any urgency today?


Jadeja looks like he's going to bowl another tight over, until Nasir gets a thick edge which goes for four, and follows it up with a slog-sweep to the boundary. The all-rounder has played well in this innings, and he is going better than a run a ball but it ends weakly when he gifts an easy catch to Ashwin at cover. That's a shame, because he was playing well.


Rahman almost follows Nasir back into the pavilion, but his mistimed pulled shot from Sharma's delivery lands safely. New batsman Mushrafe Mortaza valiantly tries to find the gaps, but he keeps picking out the fielders. However, his innings comes to an end as a faint edge on a full Sharma delivery is caught by Dhonit! India could wrap this before the 50 overs is out.




It's all over for Bangladesh, who lose their final two wickets to Yadav. First, Rubel Hossain spoons a short ball up in the air for Ashwin to catch, after he received some rough short-pitched bowling. And it ended just two balls later, as Rahman was caught on the fine leg boundary by Shami.

It was emphatic in the end for India, who book their place in the semi-finals. They will play against either Australia or Pakistan in Sydney, in what is guaranteed to be a cracking tie. Bangladesh battled hard in the first innings, but they surrendered when it came to the run chase. But they still made their first World Cup quarter-final, which makes it a special tournament for them.

That is MS Dhoni's 100th win as India's one-day captain. A fine achievement for a fine player. Rohit Sharma has been, rightly, named as man of the match after his splendid 137 in India's innings.

That will be all from Sport's Mole. Thank you for joining us as India produced another fine display. Make sure you join us tomorrow, as Australia take on Pakistan in the third quarter-final from 3am. Until then, goodbye for now.

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Bangladesh cricketer Tamim Iqbal plays a shot during the fourth one-day international (ODI) match between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe at the Sher-e Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka on November 28, 2014
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