The match was a contest between the batsmen and the bowlers indeed, both unfortunately India’s, as Rohit (123*) and Shikhar Dhawan (46), and then Virat Kohli (96*) later, set about to lay bare the inadequacy of the 265-run target set by Bangladesh in the all-important semifinal. A run-rate of 6.59 didn’t just mean a landslide victory for India with 9.5 overs to spare; it meant that India’s batsmen won the makeshift, more entertaining contest, out-timing its own set of bowlers, who had rushed through their 50 overs in only 3 hours and 10 minutes to stand out in this age of slow over-rates.
Mashrafe Mortaza: Obviously we could have got to 300-320. Once Kedar came in, he restricted us by picking those 2 wickets. We have some players who are youngsters who could not go through in the tournament. We have some experienced players as well who would come in strongly next time. We need to be mentally strong. Skill wise we are fine. Once, you are playing a game like this, you need to be mentally strong.
Virat Kohli: Absolutely, we had another complete game. When we won the toss, I expected another clean and collective performance. Honestly, we never expected us to win by nine wickets but that is quality that we have at the top of the order. Both the guys at the top gave us a great start. It allowed me to play my natural game. With the ball, we never let them away for anything. The two quick wickets stopped their momentum. He (Kedar Jadhav) has bowled in India as well. He is a part-timer and picks up wickets in the middle overs. He is a smart guy. He knows where to pitch it. Those two wickets turned the game around for us. Had those guys carried on, we would have been chasing 300.
Brief Scores: Bangladesh 264/7 in 50 overs (Tamim Iqbal 70, Mushfiqur Rahim 61; Kedar Jadhav 2-22, Jasprit Bumrah 2-39) lost to India 265/1 in 40.1 overs (Rohit Sharma 129*, Virat Kohli 96*; Mashrafe Mortaza 1-29) by 9 wickets