Day 34 at the World Cup: Rohit Sharma scored a match-winning hundred — his fourth in this ICC Cricket World Cup — to guide India to their third straight semi-final on Tuesday. Batting first at Edgbaston, India got off to a good start as Rohit and KL Rahul added 180 runs for the opening wickets. Rohit scored a 92-ball 104 while K Rahul got 77 from 92 balls. Rishabh Pant chipped in with a 41-ball 48 as India finished on 314/9 from their 50 overs.
In reply, Bangladesh kept losing wickets at regular intervals as none of the batsmen managed to convert their starts to a big total. Shakib Al Hasan scored a sedate 66, while a late flourish from Mohammad Saifuddin did give India a mini-scare. However, Jasprit Bumrah returned to wrap up last two wickets to end India to the semis.
On the World Cup Daily, Geoff Lemon and Adam Collins are following the Cup all around England and Wales. Their long weekly podcast The Final Word has been going for five years, but now it has changed into a short daily form for cricket’s biggest tournament.
Every day, The Final Word will team up with Firstpost to bring you a new episode from wherever Geoff and Adam are on the road. On trains and buses, in pubs, on the street, in parks, on barges floating down rivers, and anywhere else that they might end up.
They are also watching an awful lot of cricket, and can summarise all the matches that you didn’t have time to see, or can bring you into the discussion about the ones you did watch.
They will nominate their player of the day, who will probably not be the official man of the match, and will pick one moment or person or incident to go into The Final Word Hall of Fame, with an overall winner to come at the end of the tournament.
Tune in to The Final Word World Cup Daily tomorrow for Day 35.