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WT20: India beat Bangladesh, reach semis

Posted on Mar 28 2014 | IBNS

Mirpur, Mar 28 : Virat Kohli's sensational knock of unbeaten 57 and opener Rohit Sharma's 56 helped India beat Bangladesh by eight wickets as they became the first team to reach the semi-finals of the World T20 here on Friday.

Restricting the hosts to 138 for seven, India reached the target of 141 runs by losing two wickets with nine balls to spare.

India lost Shikhar Dhawan (1) in the third over of the match but Kohli and Sharma moved the scoreboard smoothly with their sensible batting.

The duo added 100 runs in the second wicket partnership.

Sharma's wicket was picked up by Mashrafe Mortaza in the 16th over.

Kohli and skipper MS Dhoni (22*) reached the target comfortably without losing any further wicket.

Kohli hammered three boundaries and a six in his knock.

Al-Amin Hossain took the other wicket for Bangladesh.

Bangladesh posted 138 runs for the loss of seven wickets on the scoreboard in a World T20 match here on Friday.

India earlier won the toss and elected to field first.

Anamul Haque remained the top score for Bangladesh with his 44.

Mahmudullah later smashed five boundaries and a six in his 23-ball 33 to reach 138 on the scoreboard.

Indian spinners performed well as Amit Mishra picked two wickets and R Ashwin scalped two.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami took one wickets apiece.

Winning three matches consecutively, India will face Australia in another group stage match later.

Dhoni said: " The next few games are going to be extremely tough."

Spinner R Ashwin was adjudged the 'Man of the Match'.

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