India’s winning streak seems unstoppable in the World Cup 2023. They registered their fourth win on Thursday, defeating Bangladesh by 7 wickets in Pune. Cherry on the cake was Virat Kohli’s 48th ODI hundred that helped the men in blue pass the target conveniently.
India defeats Bangladesh by 7 wickets: Virat smashes 103
Winning the toss, Bangladesh elected to bat first. Shakib had to skip the game due to injury as Shanto captained the side. The openers Tanzid (51) and Litton (66) looked solid as they gave their team a great start.
Bangladesh were 110/2 before the 21st over and were in a great position. However, things started to go downhill soon for them as they started to lose wickets consistently.
Bumrah, Siraj, and Jadeja picked up three wickets, and it was one each for Thakur and Kuldeep.
Coming to chase a not-so-big total, Indian openers Rohit (48) and Gill (53) eased things down for their side. Then, it was a complete Virat Kohli show as he hammered a brilliant 97 ball 103 with six hours and four sixes. Thanks to the great batting display India chased down the target in 41.3 overs.
The ton marked the 48th century for Kohli in ODIs and a total of 76 in internationals. Further, he became the fastest to cross the 26000 runs milestone!
Post match interviews
Rohit Sharma mentioned that even though they didn’t have a great start, the bowlers pulled it back well in the middle overs. He mentioned their great fielding display in all the matches. He further added,
“Jaddu was brilliant with the ball and the catch, but you can’t beat a hundred.”
Speaking about Hardik’s injury, he said,
“He pulled up a bit sore; nothing really major to worry about. We’ll see how he pulls up tomorrow morning and then plan on how to go forward.
Everyone in the squad has gone through pressure, the crowd is coming in big numbers, the stands are full, they haven’t disappointed us, they’ve been brilliant, and I’m sure they’ll be louder and louder as we move on.”
The Bangladesh captain, Shanto, mentioned that India has always been a good side, and they showed their capability on the field. He mentioned Shakib is doing better and should be fit by the next game.
Praising the batters and bowlers, he said,
“Tanzid batted well, and so did our bowlers. The problem is we didn’t finish well with the bat. It would have been a different ball game had Litton stayed a bit longer; the batting group has to take up responsibility.”