Cricket World Cup: Mustafizur Rahman helps Bangladesh keep India to 314 after Rohit Sharma’s 104 at Edgbaston
Rohit Sharma became the second batsman with four centuries in a single World Cup. © AFP

BIRMINGHAM: On the same Edgbaston pitch on which they lost to England on Sunday, India threatened to run amok but were reigned in by Bangladesh in game 40 of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 on Tuesday, ending on 314/9 in their 50 overs after a tournament-best opening stand of 180 in 29.2 overs.

Dropped on 9 by Tamim Iqbal near deep midwicket when he mistimed a pull shot off Mustafizur Rahman, Rohit Sharma clattered his way to his 26th ODI century, and fourth of this World Cup, to lay the foundations for what appeared to be another big India total. But Bangladesh hit back with four wickets inside ten overs, which included Rohit (104), KL Rahul (77), Virat Kohli (26) and Hardik Pandya (0) to ensure India didn’t race away to 350.

Mustafizur’s double-wicket maiden 39th over stemmed India’s charge and his overall 5/59 went a long way in checking India, but thanks to Rishabh Pant‘s career-best 48 and a brisk 35 from MS Dhoni, Bangladesh still have a tough chase avoid.


Kohli winning the toss on a dry surface was a great way to start the game, and Rohit and Rahul immediately went about their business in laying India’s best opening stand of the World Cup. Bangladesh’s bowlers fed Rohit a steady stream of hit-me balls and he latched on with glee. The fourth ball of the match was pulled for six over square leg. In the fifth over, he used his feet to manufacture six over extra cover off Mohammad Saifuddin.

Mustafizur was slashed and steered wide of slip, Saifuddin thumped for consecutive fours past fine leg and into the gap between cover and mid-off. Shakib Al Hasan was heaved over midwicket for six to end a slow period of nine runs in four overs. Rohit’s half-century took 45 balls.

Rahul wasn’t as fluent but helped Rohit forge a big stand. He drove well, defended even better and when the chances came, Rahul twirled with exaggeration to keep runs ticking. He reached his half-century in 57 deliveries. On 56, Rahul was duped in flight by Mosaddek Hossain, going back and looking on as the ball nearly popped back to the bowler.

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Mosaddek was thumped over long-on for six and whipped for four in the same over by Rohit, who then swung Robel Hossain over mid-on and lofted Mustafizur into the sight-screen to put up India’s best opening stand of the World Cup. His hundred secured with a cut off Shakib for one, Rohit clipped his next ball for four to move to 104 and was out immediately after that, mistiming a lofted drive off Soumya Sarkar to cover.

For context, only one man before Rohit has four centuries in a single World Cup – Kumar Sangakkara, who reeled off four in a row in 2015.

Mustafizur Rahman World Cup 2019
Mustafizur Rahman’s 5/59 in ten overs helped Bangladesh check India’s progress. (Image: Twitter/@cricketworldcup)

Rahul was 71 off 85 balls when Rohit departed, and didn’t add much. On 77, he steered Rubel Hossain to a diving Mushfiqur Rahim behind the stumps.

Kohli unfurled a few jaw-dropping shots – a push for four off Rubel followed by a dismissive whip to Shakib – but was disgusted with himself when, on 26, he pulled a short ball from Mustafizur to the fielder stationed at deep midwicket. Then Mustafizur got Hardik Pandya for zero, poking and nicking to Soumya at slip. Two wickets for no runs.

No matter to Pant, who proceeded to hit Saifuddin for three fours in a row: past extra-cover, over midwicket and behind point. Though he had a few iffy moments, Pant was more assured than he had been against England. He stepped out to hit Mosaddek for six, paddled Shakib with power and swept Soumya off the pads while losing balance. Having crossed his previous ODI best of 36, Pant missed a maiden fifty by by two runs when he heaved a ball from Shakib to deep midwicket. Shakib’s final spell of 1/9 in three overs was golden for Bangladesh.

Mustafizur also finished well with the wickets of Dinesh Karthik in the 48th over and Dhoni and Jasprit Bumrah in the 50th.

Brief scores: India 314/9 in 50 overs (Rohit 104, Rahul 77, Pant 48, Mustafizur 5/59) vs Bangladesh