India became the first team to confirm berth in the semis of ICC World T20 after winning the third straight match yesterday. The Indian team had a comfortable win against Bangladesh after restricting the host team to 138 for seven. India achieved the score with nine balls to spare losing just two wickets.
Leg spinner Amit Mishra shined again for India, claiming three wickets, Ashwin struck early, took two wickets. For Bangla, opener Anamul Haque, Mahamudullah, Mushfiqur played well after a sedate beginning with 44, 33 and 24 respectively.
For India, Rohit and Kohli added an effortless 100 plus partner ship for the second wicket, each scoring fluid fifties, 56 and 57.
After Rohit was out, surprisingly Dhoni walked in despite Yuvi was sitting padded up for quite some time. Dhoni needed some batting practice ahead of bigger games was an easy conclusion, but another possible reason was to show that he was not rattled by the match fixing controversy and Supreme Court’s sensational pronouncements on the case. Dhoni’s name to was part of SC discussions, his “corrupt conduct,” “clear conflict of interest” was raised by prosecutor Harish Salve. Dhoni probably desperately needed to show that his slate was clean, he did just that, hitting some flashy strokes, including a last ball six. Even during the after match press meet, he was calm, smiling despite refusing to answer queries on any thing other than the tournament.
India now has six points from three matches, leading the group 2 teams. The team will now face Australia tomorrow, while Australia will have to play all out and win both their matches to be even considering a semis place, India will have to prove they can go on winning, will need to solve issues in bowling and give some batting practice to middle order.
In the last T20 championship, India lost just one match and were out of the tourney, which even Dhoni recalled in the press meet. This is the first time India will play the semis after winning the cup in 2007.