ODI World Cup 2023: India crush Bangladesh with 7-wicket win

Virat Kohli smashed a century as India defeated Bangladesh with 7 wickets and 51 balls remaining. Here is a recap of the second innings.

India defeated Bangladesh by 7 wickets with 51 balls remaining. Virat Kohli scored his 48th century as India continued their winning form in the World Cup. Here is the recap of the second innings.

Rohit and Gill dominate powerplay

Rohit Sharma started the innings in the best way possible by hitting two fours in the first over against Shoriful Islam. Shubman Gill in the following over started his knock with a four of the first delivery against Mustafizur. Rohit did not stop the acceleration as he hit Shoriful for a four and a six in the third over. Nasum Ahmed came into the attack replacing Mustafizur.  Rohit hit a four each in the fifth and sixth over. Hasan Mahmud was brought into the attack and he was welcomed with a four by Gill. Gill smashed Nasum for two sixes in the last over of the powerplay to end the 10 overs with 63 runs on the board.


India continues to attack

Even after the powerplay, Rohit continued to attack and smashed a four off Hasan’s bowling. Mustafizur came back into the attack in the 12th over. Gill smashed the 28-year-old pacer for three fours. In the following over, Rohit hit another six but Hasan Mahmud had the last laugh as he dismissed the Indian skipper on the next ball. It was a short ball which Rohit pulled but this time it went straight to deep backward square leg. Rohit scored 48 runs in 40 balls hitting seven fours and two sixes. 

Kohli dominates yet another chase

Virat Kohli was lucky with the start he received. Hasan bowled two consecutive no-balls to Kohli the second one resulting in a four. On the free hit, Kohli hit him for a six. Kohli and Gill keep ticking on the scoreboard with singles and doubles. Gill completed his half-century in the 19th over in 52 balls. Gill was dismissed in the next over by Mehidy Hasan Miraz. The Indian opener scored 53 runs in 55 balls hitting five fours and two sixes. 

Gill’s wicket did not have much impact as Kohli and Shreyas Iyer hit a four each in the same over. Spinners bowled in tandem and reduced the number of boundaries but did not prove to be a threat to Iyer and Kohli. Kohli completed his half-century in the 27th over with a four and a single in 48 balls. Mehidy Hasan came back into the attack in the 30th over and straightaway had an impact by dismissing Iyer on the first ball of his new spell. Iyer was going for the maximum but found Mahmadullah at midwicket boundary who completed the catch.

Both Rahul and Kohli relied on singles and doubles to chase down the target. In the 37th over, Rahul hit Shoriful for a six and a four to boost the scoring rate. Kohli started the attack in the 39th over hitting a six against Hasan. In the following over, he hit a four and a six to move into the 90s. With five runs needed to win, Kohli needed six to complete his century. He showcased his fitness abilities by running a couple of doubles and a single on the last ball of the 41st over. He smashed a six in the 42nd over to win the match as well as complete his 48th century.

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