On winning the toss, India elected to bat first. Though they had their tough moments, Rohit held on to anchor the innings during his 137. Suresh Raina’s quick 65 also helped India set the pace for a good finish.
Rohit began the innings with a drive through extra-cover for a four. Shikhar Dhawan gave him good support as they helped India get to fifty inside the first ten overs. Thereafter came the lull as Bangladesh pulled things back. Shakib Al Hasan and Rubel Hossain bowled inspiring spells to restrict India’s run-flow. India lost three wickets in the phase as the pressure was built.
Rubel was over the moon when he dismissed Kohli cheaply. Ajinkya Rahane had a laboured stay of sorts and was dismissed for 19 off 37 balls. In 28 overs, India were 115 for three when Raina joined Rohit in the middle.
In the lead-up to the game, Raina had said that if he gets in before the batting powerplay, he had to spend time in the middle and settle himself for the charge. That is exactly what he did, although he had a bit of luck.
On 10, Mashrafe Mortaza hit him in front of the stumps, but the umpire gave it not out. Bangladesh referred and it looked very adjacent. However, the ball tracking showed that the ball had pitched marginally outside the leg-stump, which helped Raina stay.
Rohit had been very sedate and was mainly knocking it around as he got his eye in. By the 35th over was done, both batsmen were well settled and they prepared for the assault. In the batting powerplay, they scored 50 runs with Raina taking charge.
By the end of the powerplay, Raina was close to his fifty, while Rohit was close to his ton. He was also fortunate ewhen he hit a high full toss to square-leg. The umpre called it a no ball for height although replays showed it may have been on the waist.
Rohit got to his second ton at the MCG and continued once Raina was dismissed for 64. He smashed some big sixes, carting one over long-off and the other over cow corner. India may have targeted 260 at one stage, but then 300 was in sight.
Rohit was ultimately dismissed for 137, but Ravindra Jadeja’s late assault helped India get to 300. Bangladesh will have to do well to chase it down, given the fact that India have defended a similar score against South Africa at this venue earlier in the tournament.
India 302 for 6 in 50 overs (Rohit Sharma 137, Suresh Raina 65; Taskin Ahmed 3 for 69) vs Bangladesh