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Taking pace off the ball was key to the Indian bowling attack and Kohli too mentioned that a change in the combination was paramount taking into consideration the small dimensions at Edgbaston. @ AFP

India sprung a pleasant surprise playing five pacers and just the one spinner against Bangladesh in Match 40 of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Tuesday. The move worked with Jasprit Bumrah emerging as the pick of the bowlers with four for 55, while Hardik Pandya pocketed another three. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami and Yuzvendra Chahal added one each as a clinical bowling attack bowled out Bangladesh for 286 in 48 overs to book a place in the semi-finals.

Taking pace off the ball was key to the Indian bowling attack and captain Virat Kohli too mentioned that a change in the combination was paramount taking into consideration the small dimensions at Edgbaston.

“Playing with five bowlers was a gamble but we had to change the combinations because of the ground dimensions. We wanted to try out a perfect combination when he play with such a small boundary, as we can’t be playing with the same combination for every pitch and every dimension we play. We needed to be a bit flexible and we got the result today,” Kohli, who was critical of the same venue when India went down to England on Sunday, said at the post-match presentation.

Pandya, who was exceptional in his bowling, picked up three crucial wickets of Soumya Sarkar, Liton Das and the big fish Shakib Al Hasan, all of whom were threatening to take the game away from India during the chase. “We experienced that when Hardik put under pressure has come back well in the tournament. He finds a way to contain runs and get you wickets, he’s really looking forward to do stuff for the team and that’s really helping his cricket. When he comes on to bowl he thinks as a batsman and that helps him to think, think what the batsmen could do. You always have that extra bit of cushion when you have someone like that, he actually wants the ball, so that he can check the body language (of batsmen), he’s really bowling well,” Kohli said.

The captain heaped praise on centurion Rohit Sharma, who registered his fourth ton in the tournament to become the highest run-getter of the tournament with 516 runs going past David Warner.

“I have been watching it for years now, I have been saying it publicly, in my opinion Rohit is the best One-day player. When he plays we are heading towards a big score and really help with the way he’s playing. Jasprit Bumrah’s overs were always going to be crucial, you can bank on him. He’s the number 1 bowler at the moment and he can execute his plans,” he said.