ICC World Cup 2023| 17th Match: India secures a comprehensive win against Bangladesh



by ARYAN LAKHANI

ICC World Cup 2023| 17th Match: India secures a comprehensive win against Bangladesh
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The clash between India and Bangladesh was absolutely one-sided. Bangladesh won the toss and made the uncommon decision of batting first. The opening pair looked dangerous and played wonderful shots against India's competitive bowling lineup.

The openers batted phenomenally, but the middle order failed to make significant contributions. India was successful in taking crucial wickets, which slowed down Bangladesh's run-rate. Watch the entire match highlights on the official ICC World Cup website: https://www.cricketworldcup.com/video/3742535

However, the lower-order batsmen did a good job in securing a decent total of 256 runs (256-8), setting a target of 257 runs for India.

Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill showed no signs of pressure; they got into 'hard-hitting' mode from the very first ball. Bangladesh got a few wickets, but India's run rate was always so high that it made no difference. Virat Kohli scored a fabulous century and made India win the match with a 7 wicket win in 41.3 overs.

India will face New Zealand next!

Post match interviews

Rohit Sharma (India's captain)

"It was a good win, something we were looking forward to," Sharma said as quoted by cricbuzz.com. "We didn't start well, but the guys pulled it back in the middle-overs and at the back-end.

Our fielding has been superb in all these matches, it's something that's in your control, you can put in your best effort. The bowlers were smart to understand what lengths to bowl. Jaddu was brilliant with the ball and the catch, but you can't beat a hundred.

We're doing well as a group, a medal for all performances in the playing field and that's something which motivates everyone to do well (speaking about dressing room awards). He (Hardik) pulled up a bit sore, nothing really major to worry.

We'll see how he pulls up tomorrow morning and then plan on how to go forward. Everyone in the squad has gone through pressure, the crowd is coming in big numbers, the stands are full, they haven't disappointed us, they've been brilliant and I'm sure they'll be louder and louder as we move on".

Najmul Shanto (Bangladesh's captain) "India are always a very good side, a very capable team and they showed it today," Shanto said as quoted by cricbuzz.com. "All teams are good, but I think we didn't play our best cricket, hopefully, we'll play better in the future.

He's going on well (on Shakib), should be fit for the next match. Tanzid batted well, so did our bowlers, the problem is we didn't finish well with the bat. Would have been a different ball-game had Litton stayed a bit longer, the batting group has to take up responsibility".