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Cricket World Cup: India beat Bangladesh to reach semi-finals

Defending champions India coasted into the World Cup semi-finals with a 109-run win over Bangladesh in Melbourne.

World Cup quarter-final, Melbourne:
India 302-6 (50 overs): Rohit 137, Raina 65, Taskin 3-69
Bangladesh 193 (45 overs): Nasir 35, Yadav 4-31
India won by 109 runs

Opener Rohit Sharma made a composed 137 from 126 balls and Suresh Raina 65 from 57 as India recovered from 115-3 to post 302-6 at a boisterous MCG.

Bangladesh lost two wickets in the seventh over of their reply and eventually limped to 193 all out in 45 overs as India’s bowlers dominated.

India meet either Australia or Pakistan in a Sydney semi-final on 26 March.

They will go there on the back of 11 successive World Cup victories, a run that stretches back to their success on home soil four years ago.

Their six-match winning streak in this competition has come after a horrible tour of Australia, where they failed to win any of their 10 games across all formats.

But the resurgence in a limited-overs tournament is typical of MS Dhoni’s team, who not only hold the World Cup, but also the Champions Trophy and won the 2007 World Twenty20.

India made the last four by outclassing a Bangladesh team that eliminated England on their way to a first World Cup quarter-final.

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Cricket World Cup: Unbeaten New Zealand defeat Bangladesh

New Zealand recorded their sixth successive win at the 2015 World Cup as they beat Bangladesh by three wickets.

World Cup Pool A, Hamilton:
Bangladesh 288-7 (50 overs): Mahmudullah 128*, Sarkar 51
New Zealand 290-7 (48.5 overs): Guptill 105, Taylor 56; Shakib 4-55
New Zealand won by three wickets

Chasing 289 to win, the co-hosts overcame a late collapse to win with seven balls to spare, with Martin Guptill scoring 105, Ross Taylor 56 and Grant Elliott 39.

Bangladesh had posted 288-7 in Hamilton as Mahmudullah made an unbeaten 128, his second century in two matches.

New Zealand, who remain unbeaten, had already secured top spot in Pool A.

The Kiwis, who have lost six World Cup semi-finals, will face Pakistan, Ireland or West Indies in the quarter-finals in Wellington on Saturday, 21 March.

They showed why they are one of the favourites to win the competition with a hard-fought victory after they won the toss.

In a thrilling finish, New Zealand fell from 210-3 to 269-7 as Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan claimed 4-55, but Daniel Vettori and Tim Southee saw the hosts home after a rapid 39 from Corey Anderson.

Defeat means Bangladesh are likely to finish fourth in Pool A, which would mean a quarter-final against Pool B winners India in Melbourne on Thursday, 19 March.

Earlier, Trent Boult claimed the wickets of Imrul Kayes and Tamim Iqbal during a hostil opening spell as Bangladesh slipped to 27-2.

Mahmudullah, who was dropped on nought by Guptill and on one by Anderson in the following over, followed up his 103 against Englandwith his highest ODI score.

He was helped by Soumya Sarkar’s 51 – his maiden ODI half-century – before Sabbir Rahman hit 40 off 23 balls.

The Kiwis looked in trouble at 33-2 after Shakib dismissed Brendon McCullum and Kane Williamson.

However, Guptill, who will play for Derbyshire in this year’s County Championship before New Zealand begin their tour of England, put his side in control by hitting 11 fours and two sixes in his 100-ball knock.

Man of the match Guptill said: “We have a lot of belief and the way we are executing our skills is pleasing. We just need to keep that up over the next few weeks.”

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Cricket World Cup: England knocked out by Bangladesh

England were knocked out of the World Cup in dismal fashion as Bangladesh claimed a stunning 15-run win.

World Cup Pool A, Adelaide
Bangladesh 275-7 (50 overs): Mahmudullah 103, Mushfiqur 89
England 260 (48.3 overs): Buttler 65, Bell 63; Rubel 4-53
Bangladesh won by 15 runs

Set 276 to win, England were bowled out for 260 despite Jos Buttler’s 52-ball 65, while Rubel Hossain claimed 4-53.

Bangladesh had earlier posted 275-7 in Adelaide thanks to 103 from Mahmudullah and Mushfiqur Rahim’s 89.

England go out in the group stages for the third time in five World Cups, while Bangladesh advance past the first round for only the second occasion.

“I’m gutted at the moment,” said England skipper Eoin Morgan. “There’ll be an inquest over the next few weeks as to what happened and what went wrong. Then we’ll go from there.”

Coach Peter Moores said he felt “hollow inside” and “hugely disappointed” following England’s demise.

Bangladesh’s victory also secured Sri Lanka’s place in the last eight, alongside Pool A winners New Zealand and Australia.

England, meanwhile, face a dead rubber against Afghanistan in Sydney on Friday.

A fourth defeat in five games is the latest episode in 23 years of World Cup failure, since they reached the final in 1992.

In losing to every Test-playing side in Pool A – their only win has come against Scotland – England have put in their worst showing since a first-round exit on home soil in 1999. Even then, they managed to beat defending champions Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka, along with Australia and New Zealand, are three sides to have dished out heavy defeats to England in this tournament, but all three are ahead of Morgan’s team in the world rankings.

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Cricket World Cup: Scotland’s Cricket hopes ended by Bangladesh

Kyle Coetzer scored Scotland’s first World Cup century but their tournament hopes were ended with a six-wicket defeat by Bangladesh in Nelson.

World Cup Pool A, Nelson, New Zealand:
Scotland 318-8 (50 overs): Coetzer 156, Taskin 3-43
Bangladesh 322-4 (48.1 overs): Tamim 95, Mahmudullah 62, Mushfiqur 60
Bangladesh won by six wickets

Scotland can no longer qualify for the knockout stages after losing their fourth match out of four in Pool A.

Coetzer’s 156 was the best World Cup score by an associate nation batsman and helped his team post 318-8, their highest score against a Test side.

But Tamim Iqbal (95) led Bangladesh to victory with 11 balls to spare.

It was the second-highest successful run chase in a World Cup game after the 329-7 Ireland managed against England at Bangalore in 2011.

The result means England must beat Bangladesh in Adelaide on Monday if they are to keep alive their hopes of reaching the quarter-finals.

Scotland, meanwhile, face Sri Lanka and Australia in their remaining group matches.

Their chances of a first World Cup victory looked promising after Coetzer brought up his century in style by hitting his second six.

The 30-year-old Northamptonshire batsman finished with 17 fours and four sixes in his 134-ball innings.

Scotland were reduced to 38-2 in the 10th over after being asked to bat but Coetzer put on 78 with Matt Machan (35) and 141 with captain Preston Mommsen (39).

His stand with Mommsen was Scotland’s first century partnership in 12 matches at World Cups.

After Coetzer was dismissed in the 45th over with Scotland 269-5, Richie Berrington (26) and Matt Cross (20) combined for a quickfire 39 that saw their side past 300 for only the third time in ODIs.

While Saxton Oval is a high-scoring ground, the total was made tougher for Bangladesh when opening batsman Anamul Haque appeared to dislocate his right shoulder when diving to stop a boundary and was unable to bat.

Scotland seamer Josh Davey took an early wicket but Tamim and Mahmudullah (62) made excellent progress before the latter was dismissed in bizarre circumstances.

The batsman was bowled by Iain Wardlaw for 62 after deflecting a leg-side delivery on to the stumps off his back foot.

Tamim was closing in on Bangladesh’s first hundred in a World Cup match but was trapped leg before wicket by Davey to renew Scotland’s hopes.

But Mushfiqur Rahim made a rapid 60 from 42 balls and then Shakib Al Hasan (52 not out) and Sabbir Rahman (42 not out) completed the victory with no further alarms as Scotland’s bowlers struggled.

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