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T20 World Cup: India thrash Bangladesh to put themselves within reach of semi-final

India put themselves on the brink of the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup after thrashing Bangladesh by 50 runs in Antigua.

After posting a commanding 196 for five, with all-rounder Hardik Pandya making an unbeaten half-century off 27 balls, India kept the pressure on Bangladesh, who were restricted to 146 for eight as wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav finished with three wickets at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.

Bangladesh had won the toss and opted to field, but India — who beat Afghanistan by 47 runs in their opening Super 8s fixture in Bridgetown — were soon on the offensive.

Captain Rohit Sharma made a rapid 23 and Virat Kohli hit a tournament-best 37 from 28 deliveries, including three sixes, as India reached 71 for two in the ninth over.

Suryakumar Yadav, though, then faced just two balls — smashing the first for six before being caught behind off Tanzim Hasan Shakib, who took two wickets in the space of three deliveries.

Rishabh Pant smashed a swift 36 while Shivam Dube added 24, which saw him hit three sixes, and Pandya finished off with a fine half-century.

Bangladesh, who had lost to Australia by 28 runs in their opening rain-hit Super 8s match, never looked like chasing down such an imposing score.

Tanzid Hasan Tamim (29) and captain Najmul Hossain Shanto (40) did their best to drive the Tigers on to 109 for five in the 16th over.

Although leg spinner Rishad Hossain weighed in with a rapid 24 off 10 balls, hitting three sixes, there was never any danger of a grandstand finale as India closed out a comfortable victory.

Yadav finished with three for 19 from his four overs, while Jasprit Bumrah picked up two for 13.

India next face Australia in Saint Lucia on Monday, while Bangladesh finish off against Afghanistan in Kingstown on Tuesday.

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