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  1. Champions India through to semi-finals
  2. India 302-6: Rohit Sharma 137
  3. Bangladesh 193 all out in Melbourne
  4. India have won last 11 World Cup matches
  5. Click audio icon for TMS commentary (UK only)

Live Reporting

By Mark Mitchener

All times stated are UK

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So, a fairly routine win for India - you can read

Stephan Shemilt's match report on the BBC Sport website, and listen back to
highlights on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra from 13:00 GMT, as well as
Test Match Special's World Cup podcasts.

As for Kevin Pietersen... I'm sure you can continue the debate on Twitter. And look out on the website later for the "Ask Vaughan" video where the former England skipper answers your questions.

That's it from us after a bit of a marathon game - we'll be back tomorrow morning at 03:00 GMT to talk you through Australia v Pakistan from Adelaide. Whether or not you have World Cup Fever, enjoy the rest of your day.

The Pietersen saga continues

BBC Radio 5 live's Pat Murphy: "Colin Graves has confirmed he recently called Kevin Pietersen who then requested a meeting when he returned from the World Cup. Graves hasn't yet agreed to the meeting but says he'll try to accommodate Pietersen although he'll make no promises to him.

"Graves stressed it was a confidential phone call and that he can't comment any further until he takes over as ECB chairman on 15 May. But he did promise it'll be a different ECB under his leadership, with full consultation the key issue. Graves said Pietersen has just got to get on with what's best for him. The immediate priority for Pietersen will be getting released from his IPL contract to play county cricket."

Captain's view

India captain MS Dhoni: "It has been a good World Cup for us and we can't shy away from the fact that we are playing some good cricket.

"A month back we were struggling in this format so credit to the boys and the support staff. Everyone has had to lift themselves up. Not many players from our side are among the top run-scorers, but we're still scoring runs as a team."

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

"People back home forget about Duncan Fletcher [who now coaches India]. He brought some good cricketers into the England side. He has a good eye for a cricketer. But he is also a good coach and is always looking. He will keep poking the India players with little comments to make sure they are still on it."

Captain's view

Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza: "The toss could've been important, we like to bat first but we can't complain. A score of 300 is always difficult to chase, 280 would have been much better.

"Except this game, everyone back home should be happy. Most of the players had only played two or three ODIs before the World Cup and are just starting their careers. Back home they should be happy and hopefully we can carry on from here. We don't have enough experience to play in these sort of matches, but we now know how we have to play."

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Bangladesh Cricket: Well done Tigers throughout this tournament! Today was not our day. Nonetheless, the world has begun to see the #riseofthetigers #CWC15.

Man of the match

More from India batsman Rohit Sharma, who made 137, on TMS: "Bangladesh bowled really well, especially Rubel. When I went in I wanted to bat to the powerplay and look to be positive. At the same time, my thinking was calm, and my focus was spot on. We got 50 runs in the powerplay and I think that won us the game from there. The bowlers then did the job for us.

"We've spent four and half months in Australia and didn't do too well in the Test matches but a lot of planning has been there for this tournament. The amount of crowd we have in Melbourne is amazing. They have come from a lot of places and they have enjoyed some good cricket today."

Reaction from the captains coming soon.

I suspect we will hear more about a potential turning point in this game, when Rohit Sharma was "caught" off a delivery which was called a no-ball for height, when it did not appear to be above his waist. Given that virtually all wickets get checked for no-balls, it seems an anomaly of sorts.


Remember, if you want to send Michael Vaughan your questions, on England, Kevin Pietersen, the World Cup or anything else, please submit them to @bbctms on Twitter with the hashtag #askvaughan - or via the TMS Facebook page. He'll answer them on a video on the BBC Sport website later.

Review of the day

Looking back, we'd hoped for a closer game than we had between Sri Lanka and South Africa yesterday. I suppose we had one, but not by much.

After a great start by India, Bangladesh hit back in mid-innings, but the century stand between Rohit Sharma (137) and Suresh Raina (65) made the difference for India, despite some impressive death bowling from Bangladesh, 302-6 always looked like a winning score.

The fact that no Bangladesh batsman passed 35 tells its own story, despite some entertainment from Tamim Iqbal at the top of the order.

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Greg: Hopefully a better side will deal better with India's constant use of short, bullying bowling.

Aashish: Aus/NZ in the semis? Not sure, Pak/Windies are two seriously talented unpredictable teams and can beat anyone on their day.

Man of the match

India centurion Rohit Sharma: "I think this is right up there as my most important innings. I wanted to bat for as long as possible to put the team into a good situation and the bowlers did a fantastic job as they did in the league stage.

"Batting at the top of the order, it's important to get big hundreds. I've been given the opportunity and I wanted to make the most of it. I'm happy with the way we performed as a team. We now have two games to go."

Rohit Sharma
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Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

"When England get knocked out of the World Cup it is the usual reaction. But for the long-term progress it may be a good thing as maybe an IPL-style tournament will arrive in England. For too long we have seen the 50-over game through Test match eyes.

"If you look at the 15 men England had in their squad they should have played a lot better. They went back into their shells, but in the tri-series they looked like it was this new modern method of playing.

"One of my real concerns for English cricket is we have all these performance programmes, but we don't seem to produce bowlers that can bowl at 145kph."

How's stat?

Andrew Samson

BBC Test Match Special statistician

"India are the first team to bowl the opposition out in seven consecutive World Cup games. SA bowled the opposition out in six consecutive games in 2011.

"MS Dhoni is the third captain to get 100 ODI wins, after Ricky Ponting (165) and Allan Border (107)."

Andrew McDonald

Ex-Australia all-rounder on BBC Test Match Special

On Rohit Sharma's innings of 137: "It is a significant knock in his career. This has the meaning and the hype. He will put it up there with his best. He had some luck but take nothing away from him, he built that and took it deep into the innings to give the platform to build a total around."

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Desmond Cassidy: Well I am hoping for a Australia v South Africa final...a repeat of the 2007 semi-final would be a great final...

I'm not sure many people's heart rates could take a repeat of the 1999 semi-final between those two teams!

Man of the match

As expected, India's Rohit Sharma wins the man-of-the-match award for his 137 from 126 balls.

Rohit Sharma
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Semi-final line-up

To confirm, India will play the winners of tomorrow's Australia-Pakistan game in the semis. Here's the line-up as it stands:

  • Tuesday 24 March: New Zealand or West Indies v South Africa, Auckland (01:00 GMT)
  • Thursday 26 March: Australia or Pakistan v India, Sydney (03:30 GMT)

Final scorecard

Bangladesh 193 all out from 45 overs

Fall of wickets: 33-1 (Tamim 25), 33-2 (Kayes), 73-3 (Mahmudullah 21), 90-4 (Sarkar 29), 104-5 (Shakib 10), 139-6 (Mushfiqur 27), 189-7 (Nasir 35), 192-8 (Mortaza 1), 193-9 (Rubel 0), 193-10 Sabbir 30)

Bowling figures: Yadav 9-1-31-4, Shami 8-1-37-2, Mohit 7-0-36-1, Ashwin 10-1-30-0, Raina 3-1-15-0, Jadeja 8-0-42-2

Not out batsman: Taskin 0

India 302-6: Rohit 137, Raina 65, Taskin 3-69

India won toss

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Former Australia batsman Damien Martyn: A fantastic display today by India. Far too good in all areas. They are a side in very dangerous form leading into the semi-finals.

It had been largely a foregone conclusion for the last hour or so, but a professional performance from India has closed out victory. Yadav finishes with 4-31 from nine overs - India have taken all 10 opposition wickets in all seven games of this tournament - but my rupee would be on Rohit Sharma winning the man of the match award for his century.

Andrew McDonald

Ex-Australia all-rounder on BBC Test Match Special

"India are peaking at the right time. It was a clinical performance as they made more than 300. Bangladesh are honourable in defeat, and they have done their country proud."

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Champagne moment



Sabbir c Shami b Yadav 30 (Ban 193 all out)

And it's all over before last man Taskin Ahmed can even face a ball - as Sabbir hooks one down fine leg's throat and India have won.

India celebrate

Jonathan Agnew

BBC Test Match Special

"India look very powerful. Fielding today outstanding. And they will be difficult to beat in Sydney if there's any grip in the pitch."


Rubel c Ashwin b Yadav 0 (Ban 193-9)

But when he does connect, the ball skews into the air over square leg, Ashwin takes the catch and it's a third wicket for Yadav. Will he be spared the Australian Channel 9 cartoon duck to accompany him back to the pavilion?

Umesh Yadav

BBC Radio Test Match Special

On Twitter: The attendance @MCG 51,552 for the #INDvBAN quarter-final.

Test Match special

Ban 193-8

Rubel Hossain is the new batsman, he impressed with the ball today but with a highest score of 17 in 58 previous ODIs, it's fair to say he's not in the side for his batting. Sabbir lifts the ball over square leg, safely, and they run one. Rubel ducks under a bouncer from the hostile Yadav, he then can't connect with an attempted pull shot.

Andrew McDonald

Ex-Australia all-rounder on BBC Test Match Special

"It was almost like a half appeal from Dhoni and the bowler. India are just winding down, there is not much emotion in the celebration. They know this game is done and dusted."

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Mortaza c Dhoni b Mohit 1 (Ban 192-8)

A pretty miserable day for Mortaza concludes as he feathers an edge to the keeper while trying to keep out a yorker, there's only a half-hearted appeal but the umpire sends him on his way.


Mashrafe Mortaza

Harsha Bhogle

BBC Test Match Special

"A cricket match should never go nowhere. I'm afraid this match is going nowhere."

Ban 191-7

Captain Mashrafe Mortaza to the crease, with a frankly unlikely target of 114 needed from 42 balls. He's quickly on strike after a single from Sabbir, and knocks his first ball for one.

Andrew McDonald

Ex-Australia all-rounder on BBC Test Match Special

"It was an enterprising knock. But they are seven down and this game might not have long left. The spin of India may be their ace. These are the defending champions and they are an impressive outfit."

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Nasir c Rohit b Jadeja 35 (Ban 189-7)

But Nasir's cameo innings ends as after whacking another four through mid-wicket, he eyes up a third successive boundary and pokes a low catch to Rohit Sharma at cover. His 35 came from 34 balls.



Chris: I completely disagree with Donald Parish (21st over), the way England handled their preparation was unprofessional. To change your captain with weeks to go, with another batsman who is not performing, showed a lack of leadership. England should have made that decision a year earlier or kept Cook and swapped Morgan out. England still wouldn't have won the cup, but they would have at least got to the quarters.

Ban 185-6

Just at the spell of the innings when India were moving into top gear, Bangladesh - with a required rate of 15.5 - are still stuck in second. Sabbir reverse-sweeps and misses, and the Tigers run a bye. Nasir gives Jadeja the charge, trying to hit over the top, and the ball flies off an edge for four as he becomes the first Bangladesh batsman to pass 30.

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David McIlroy: World Cup has become formulaic: bat first, score 300, game over. Runs are great but close finishes are memorable.

Ban 179-6 (target 303)

Mohit Sharma's back on, he's not bowled since the 15th over - and the game has gone away from Bangladesh in the interim. Nasir pulls his fourth four to move to 25 - Bangladesh have had six men in the 20s today, but Soumya Sarkar with 29 is still the highest scorer at this stage. For the second successive over, Nasir steals the strike with a single off the last ball.

Nasir Hossain
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Stephan Shemilt

BBC Sport in Melbourne

"For some reason, a whole flock of seagulls have arrived at the MCG this evening. They weren't here earlier. Where have they been? Why come now? Did they not know it was a 2.30 start? Maybe they could only get here after work? Reminds me of last summer's Headingley Test, where one pigeon stood at square leg/extra cover throughout."