India and Bangladesh faced off in the 17th match of the 2023 Cricket World Cup on October 19, 2023, at the MCA Stadium in Pune. India won the toss and elected to field first.
Bangladesh got off to a good start, with openers Tanzid Hasan and Litton Das putting on a 75-run partnership for the first wicket. Tanzid was removed for 56, but Litton kept up his good form and took just 64 balls to achieve his half-century.
Bangladesh lost wickets at regular intervals after that, but Litton held on to score a well-made 66 before being dismissed in the 45th over. Mahmudullah chipped in with a valuable 49, and Bangladesh finished their innings on 256/8.
Moreover, India got off to a flying start in their chase, with openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill putting on a 103-run partnership for the first wicket. Rohit was dismissed for 62, but Gill continued to bat well and reached his century in 97 balls.
Gill was eventually dismissed for 110, but Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer took over and ensured that India stayed on track for victory. Kohli scored an unbeaten 97, and Iyer made 46 before being dismissed.
India reached the target with 7 wickets in hand and 10 balls to spare.
Key Moments in the Match
- Tanzid Hasan and Litton Das’ 75-run opening partnership for Bangladesh.
- Litton Das’ half-century (66).
- Mahmudullah’s valuable contribution (49).
- Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill’s 103-run opening partnership for India.
- Shubman Gill’s century (110).
- Virat Kohli’s unbeaten 97.
Player of the Match
Because of his perfect 97, which led India to victory, Virat Kohli was named Player of the Match.
India was the better team on the day and deserved their victory. They bowled well to restrict Bangladesh to 256, and then chased down the target with ease. Kohli was the star of the show with his unbeaten 97, but there were also good contributions from Gill, Rohit Sharma, and Iyer.