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A century for Dhoni, in a different way. Photo: Reuters
A century for Dhoni, in a different way. Photo: Reuters

World Cup 2015: India vs Bangladesh in 5 milestones

Another landmark for Dhoni as captain and a neutral venue faceoff pattern is finally broken

India won its World Cup quarterfinal match against Bangladesh by 109 runs at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Thursday. Batting first, the Indian batsmen struggled to reach their total of 302 runs but the bowlers ensured a complete collapse of the Bangladesh lineup. Team India now is just two games away from securing a third World Cup victory.

Here are five milestones to remember from Thursday’s quarterfinal clash:

1.This was M.S. Dhoni’s 100th win as captain. That puts him behind Australia’s Allan Border (107) and Ricky Ponting (165). As an Indian skipper, Mohammed Azharuddin comes next with 90 victories.

Rohit Sharma’s calling finally came in the quarterfinals. Photo: Reuters
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Rohit Sharma’s calling finally came in the quarterfinals. Photo: Reuters

2. Rohit Sharma’s century was the second one scored by an Indian in the knockout stages of a World Cup. Former captain Sourav Ganguly was the first, scoring 107 against Kenya in the 2003 semifinals. Remember the two successive sixes out of the Durban park? So does poor Collins Obuya.

3. India’s win percentage in World Cup knockout matches now reads at 70%, second only to Australia’s 71%. Can the tables be turned by the end of the tournament? Only time will tell.

4.This is the first time between these two teams at a neutral venue that the team batting second has lost the match. Previous India-Bangladesh face-offs at neutral venues have happened at Sharjah (1995), Colombo SSC (1997), Colombo SSC again (2004), Karachi (2008) and Dambulla (2010).

5. India’s Mohammed Shami now has the most wickets (17) in this World Cup from six matches with an average of 13.29 and one four-wicket haul. By the time the tournament ends, the only competition he is likely to face will be from Australia’s Mitchell Starc, South Africa’s Imran Tahir and New Zealand’s Trent Boult.

With inputs from AFP

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