IND 176/3 (20.0 Ovs)
BAN 159/6 (20.0 Ovs)
India won by 17 runs
PLAYER OF THE MATCH
Mahmudullah, losing skipper: The effort was there. A bit disappointed though; had someone stood up and made 20-30 runs it could have made a difference with Mushy. We could have conceded 10 lesser runs and that could have made the difference. The plan was to take the pace off the ball and stick to your strengths as a bowler, but they didn’t stick to that well. The good thing is that we have a chance to make it to the finals in the next game.
Rohit Sharma, winning skipper and MoM: It was important for me to step up. Like I said at the toss I tried to take my time with the bat at the start. I felt we were 10-15 runs short with that bat at the middle stage. But Washington started brilliantly with the ball and his spell changed the game for us. The wicket wasn’t the usual wicket we’ve been playing on for the last well. It was gripping and was slow and that is why I wanted to take my time. One set batsman had to bat and I knew a new batsman would find it tough. Raina has been timing the ball brilliantly and that is great to see. He is never afraid of flighting the ball, sets his own field and it says a lot about an individual. In the series we played against Sri Lanka in India we saw that from him and it paid off. I just told Siraj to keep it simple and we knew that that was the way to contain them. I asked him to bowl that back of a length ball because we found it tough to hit. He is a great talent, has all the capabilities of doing what a fast bowler has to do and he’ll do well for us in the future.