India are through to the semi-finals of the World Twenty20 riding on a magnificent eight wicket victory over the hosts Bangladesh in Dhaka on Friday, courtesy yet another dominating performance by their spinners, led by Amit Mishra. And once again Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli led the batting department with a solid 100-run partnership to help India cross Bangladesh's 138 for 7 with nine balls to spare.
While it was a walk in the park for the Indian team that registered its third win on the trot after beating Pakistan and West Indies in their first two matches, the victory over the tournament hosts also earned MS Dhoni & Co a place in the semi-finals.
Here's a look at some of the key moments from India's convincing win on Friday.
Ashwin's double strike
It was Ravichandran Ashwin who again provided India the early breakthrough bowling with the new ball, like he did in the previous match against the West Indies. This time, however, the off-spinner did it with an extra layer of cheese. Ashwin came in the 4th over to bowl his second and picked up Tamim Iqbal and Shamsur Rahman in consecutive deliveries to make it two in two. He ended his spell with figures of 2 for 15.
Poor shot selection from Bangladesh batsmen:
Bangladesh batsmen's poor shot selection in their previous matches came under a lot of criticism. And this time too it was no different. Most of their batsmen got out by playing unnecessarily rash shots at crucial junctures. Their poor display on the field also invited a lot of ire from former Bangladesh batsman Athar Ali Khan, who was present in the commentary box.
Mishra also on a hat-trick:
Mishra was the star performer in the India's last two outings and the legspinner came out all guns blazing yet again in this match. He picked up Anamul Haq (44), who was looking dangerous, with a classic googly. The wicket in the 13th over was a big jolt for Bangladesh. Mishra, who was given the charge to bowl the last over by skipper MS Dhoni, got rid of Nasir Hossain off the first ball and followed it up with the wicket of Ziaur Rahman off the next to be on a hat-trick, which he missed. Mishra's impressive figures read 3 off 26 runs.
Dhawan's poor run continued:
Opener Shikhar Dhawan's poor form is surely a cause of concern for Team India. The batsman, whose destructive capabilities would be opposed by only a few, has so far not fired the way his team would have wanted him to in the tournament. In the first group match against Pakistan, he managed to score a scratchy 30 off 28 balls. In the second match against the Windies, the southpaw was dismissed for a duck. In this match too, he could only manage 1 run and was knocked off by Al-Amin Hossain off a poor shot.
The decisive partnership:
Dhawan's dismissal paved the way for in-form Kohli (57), who took the Bangladeshi bowlers head-on right from the beginning and cropped up a 100-run stand with Rohit (56), who was already there at the crease. The partnership proved to be the decisive factor and took the game away from Bangladeshi bowlers, who looked lacklustre in front of two class acts. Rohit was scalped by Mashrafe Mortaza in the 16th over; however, damage was done already. Dhoni, not Yuvraj Singh, who came out at the fall of Rohit's wicket and played a superb cameo of 22* off 12 balls, finished things off with a maximum to take India through to the last four of the World Twenty20 after seven long years.
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