India showcased a dominant performance in Pune on Thursday, securing a convincing seven-wicket victory over their neighboring rivals, Bangladesh, in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2023. This marked India’s fourth consecutive win in the tournament, highlighting their impeccable form in this 50-over home World Cup.
Virat Kohli, the Indian captain, played a pivotal role in this triumph by smashing a century, further solidifying India’s unbeaten streak. Bangladesh faced a daunting challenge without their skipper, Shakib Al Hasan, who was sidelined due to a left quad injury.
Opting to bat first, Bangladesh began with a promising 93-run partnership between Litton Das and Tanzid Hasan. However, they struggled to capitalize on this start and ended their innings at 256-8. This total was posted on a pitch that seemed to favor the batsmen, despite India being a bowler short early in the game due to Hardik Pandya’s ankle injury.
India’s captain, Rohit Sharma, led a rapid and effective response to Bangladesh’s target. Kohli, with an unbeaten 103 to his name, not only completed his century but also sealed India’s victory with 51 balls to spare, including a magnificent six to reach his hundred. This clinical performance in both bowling and batting affirmed India’s dominance in the competition.