32.4, Ind 195/2 – Rubel removes Rahul. No century here for Rahul, as he looked to slash away a ball that was a touch too full for the shot he looked to play. Took the outer edge – may have been a change of pace too – and droped away to Mushfiqur Rahim’s right. He took a good catch low down to his right. KL Rahul c †Mushfiqur Rahim b Rubel Hossain 77 (92b 6×4 1×6) SR: 83.69

29.2, Ind 180/1 – Soumya removes Sharma. A slower off-cutter and Sharma, upon completion of ton, looks to slice it over extra cover but is holed out as Liton Das takes the catch. Sharma c Liton Das b Soumya Sarkar 104 (92b 7×4 5×6) SR: 113.04

28.6, Ind 176/0 – Sharma strikes ton. Having survived a dropped catch in just the fifth over of the innings while Mustafizur Rahim was bowling, Rohit Sharma has capitalized fully to strike a ton. Tamim Iqbal dropped him while he was batting on only 9 runs.

18.2, Ind: 111/0 – Rahul brings up fifty. Lokesh Rahul flicks Rubel off his pads in the second delivery of the over following a classic straight drive to welcome Rubel to the bowling crease in the first delivery.

After 17 overs, drinks has been called at Edgbaston. Plenty to ponder for Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza as India reach 99 without loss in 17 overs.

14.4, Indi: 85/0 – Rohit Sharma reaches his 50. Bangladesh had pulled things back through Shakib Al Hasan and Mashrafe Bin Mortaza conceding just nine runs in four overs after the first Powerplay. But Shakib bowls a long hop at Rohit Sharma, and the Indian opener hammers it over midwicket for six, and a ball later drives to sweeper cover for a single to bring up his half-century off just 45 balls.

India 69 without loss after 10 overs. Sharma 38 (29b, 4×4, 2×6), Rahul 28 (32b, 4×4, 0x6); Mashrafe 2-0-20-0, Mustafizur 2-0-23-0.

Bangadesh bowlers have failed the early-overs test for the fifth time in seven matches this World Cup. It was the fifth time that they failed to take a wicket in thie first 10 overs. They could have picked up the crucial wicket of Rohit Sharma, then on nine, in the fifth over had Tamim Iqbal not dropped a catch. But the missed opportunity and poor bowling from Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, Mohammad Saifuddin and Mustafizur Rahman sees India score 69 without loss after the first 10. That is the most Bangladesh have conceded in the first Powerplay in this World Cup so far — two more than the 67/0 England scored in Cardiff on June 8.

4.4, Ind: 18/0 – Tamim drops Sharma on 9! If there was a fielder Mashrafe Bin Mortaza would have picked to get under this miscued pull from Rohit Sharma off Mustafizur Rahman, it would have been Tamim Iqbal. But Tamim runs around from deep square leg, gets there, and just drops the ball. An early wicket was what Bangladesh desperately needed against a top-heavy Indian lineup, and an early wicket is what Tamim let slip from his hands. Will be interesting to see what this does to the Tigers’ body language.

By Toufiq

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