India beat Bangladesh to reach Cricket World Cup semi-finals

By Stephan ShemiltBBC Sport in Melbourne
Rohit Sharma celebrates scoring his century
Rohit Sharma led the scoring for India with a brilliant century
World Cup quarter-final, Melbourne:
India 302-6 (50 overs): Rohit 137, Raina 65, Taskin 3-69
Bangladesh 193 (45 overs): Nasir 35, Yadav 4-31
India won by 109 runs

Defending champions India coasted into the World Cup semi-finals with a 109-run win over Bangladesh in Melbourne.

Opener Rohit Sharma made a composed 137 from 126 balls and Suresh Raina 65 from 57 as India recovered from 115-3 to post 302-6 at a boisterous MCG.

Bangladesh lost two wickets in the seventh over of their reply and eventually limped to 193 all out in 45 overs as India's bowlers dominated.

India meet either Australia or Pakistan in a Sydney semi-final on 26 March.

They will go there on the back of 11 successive World Cup victories, a run that stretches back to their success on home soil four years ago.

India's inspirational captain
The victory was MS Dhoni's 100th one-day international win as captain and only Australia's Ricky Ponting (165) and Allan Border (107) have won more.

Their six-match winning streak in this competition has come after a horrible tour of Australia, where they failed to win any of their 10 games across all formats.

But the resurgence in a limited-overs tournament is typical of MS Dhoni's team, who not only hold the World Cup, but also the Champions Trophy and won the 2007 World Twenty20.

India made the last four by outclassing a Bangladesh team that eliminated England on their way to a first World Cup quarter-final.

Initially, the Tigers were not overawed, despite being made to field first on a very good pitch as some accurate bowling and tight fielding stifled India in the first half of their innings.

However, the rebuilding done by Rohit and Raina in a stand of 122 ensured that India were able to accelerate as Bangladesh became ragged. The batting powerplay yielded 50 runs and the final 15 overs a total of 147.

They came together after Ajinkya Rahane miscued Taskin Ahmed to mid-off and a period when India failed to find the boundary for 11 overs.

Rohit, who drove the first ball of the match for four, had already seen Shikhar Dhawan stumped off Shakib Al Hasan and Virat Kohli caught behind from Rubel Hossain.

He and Raina steadied, then they timed their attack, though Bangladesh can have reason to feel aggrieved after Rohit survived being caught on the leg-side boundary when on 90 because a Rubel full-toss was wrongly deemed too high.

The right-hander completed a seventh one-day hundred and, despite Raina top-edging to the wicketkeeper, unfurled his full range of strokes.

Strong on the back foot throughout, Rohit was now sweetly timing through the covers and brutally pulling on the leg side.

Though he was yorked by Taskin, India still inched past 300 on a ground where no more than 297 has been reached to win a one-day international.

Leading wicket-takers at the 2015 World Cup
17: Mohammad Shami (India)
16: Mitchell Starc (Australia)
15: Trent Boult (New Zealand), Imran Tahir (South Africa), Josh Davey (Scotland)
14: Morne Morkel (South Africa), Umesh Yadav (India), Jerome Taylor (West Indies), Wahab Riaz (Pakistan)

Bangladesh's bid to pull off both the highest Melbourne chase and win a first World Cup knockout match was derailed when two wickets fell in successive deliveries.

Tamim Iqbal edged Umesh Yadav to wicketkeeper Dhoni and Imrul Kayes was run out in a mix-up with new man Soumya Sarkar.

From there, Bangladesh never looked like threatening as the impressive India attack picked up regular wickets, the highlight being Dhawan's juggled catch on the fine-leg boundary to hold Mahmudullah off Mohammed Shami.

The enthusiastic crowd ensured a raucous atmosphere throughout, but the match drifted to an inevitable conclusion.

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World Cup quarter-finals
South Africa beat Sri Lanka by nine wickets, Sydney, 18 March
India beat Bangladesh by 109 runs, Melbourne, 19 March
Australia v Pakistan, Adelaide, 20 March
New Zealand v West Indies, Wellington, 21 March
India fans
India and Bangladesh fans created a noisy atmosphere at the MCG
Bangladesh celebrate the dismissal of Virat Kohli
Bangladesh's players were full of hope after dismissing star batsman Virat Kohli for three
Rohit Sharma celebrates scoring his century
But Rohit Sharma's brilliant century saw his side post a challenging total
Bangladesh started their chase well but lost two wickets in two balls including Imrul Kayes' farcical run-out
Bangladesh started their chase well but lost two wickets in two balls including Imrul Kayes' farcical run-out
Shikhar Dhawan juggles the ball but takes the catch to dismiss Bangladesh batsman Mahmudullah
Shikhar Dhawan juggles the ball but takes the catch to dismiss Bangladesh batsman Mahmudullah
India captain MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni led his side to his 100th victory as one-day captain and a place in the last four

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