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Rohit Sharma knew of Bangladesh bowlers plan in advance – Sachin Tendulkar

Staff Writer Updated: 3 July, 2019, 1:47 PM IST


Two-time champion India survived a late scare to secure its place in the semifinals at the Cricket World Cup with a 28-run win over Bangladesh, which was eliminated from playoff contention.

India won the toss at Edgbaston and reached 314-9, with opener Rohit Sharma scoring a 92-ball 104 — his record-tying fourth century of the tournament.

Sharma and Lokesh Rahul shared the highest opening stand for this tournament of 180.

Sharma's ton matched Sri Lanka great Kumar Sangakkara's record of centuries at a single World Cup in 2015.

Rohit Sharma reached his record-matching fourth century of the Cricket World Cup before falling to Soumya Souma in the next over as India continued to dominate Bangladesh.

Sharma made the century mark in 90 balls by taking a single. That pitted him against Soumya Sarkar and he was caught by Liton Das after a mis-hit drive with India on 180-1 in the 30th over.

Sharma hit seven fours and five sixes in his 92-ball 104.

Sharma scored 122 not out against South Africa, 140 against archrival Pakistan, and 102 on Sunday against England. The only other batsman to hit four centuries in a World Cup is Sri Lanka great Kumar Sangakkara in 2015.

Sachin Tendulkar praised Rohit Sharma for his classy innings.

"Rohit was playing chess with Bangladesh. he knew where they were going to bowl to him," Sachin Tendulkar told India Today.

"Catches win you matches - you cannot drop someone like Rohit. He has consistently proven that if he is not feeling too great at the start of his innings, that's when you can get him out.

"The way Rohit Sharma has batted in this tournament... Everyone needs luck from time to time. He understands his batting, when to pace himself and when to rotate the strike. He is a smarter player than he was a couple of years ago. He is more matured and understands his game much better now," he added.

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