India defeated Bangladesh with a stunning century from Virat Kohli, extending their unbeaten record in the Cricket World Cup.

India defeated Bangladesh by seven wickets to preserve their flawless start to the Cricket World Cup, thanks to a century from Virat Kohli, their 48th one-day international.

As they coasted to their goal of 257, which included a half-century from Shubman Gill before KL Rahul farmed Kohli to his first century of the tournament, the tournament hosts never appeared to be in danger of losing.

Hosts India join New Zealand on eight points after four matches, with the teams already looking certain to take two of the semi-final places on offer.

Bangladesh, who suffered their third defeat of the tournament, got off to a superb start with an opening stand of 93, but regular wickets meant they limped to a total of 257 which India chased down with ease.

Tanzid Hasan (51) raced out of the blocks with opening partner Litton Das before the former was trapped in front by Kuldeep Yadav.

Bangladesh had positioned themselves in a commanding position before that wicket, but they then lost the next four wickets for just 86 runs which included the dangerous Das, who slogged one into the hands of Gill for 66.

Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmadullah provided some late impetus for Bangladesh after it looked like they would fall short of a competitive target with scores of 38 and 46 respectively to propel them up to 256.

India has been dominant throughout the powerplay in the early stages of this tournament and this was no different as they smashed 63 off the first 10 overs their opening stand of 88 came to an end after Rohit Sharma, who had already slammed a six, was caught in the deep for 48 Towhid Hridoy going for another maximum.

Gill’s knock of 53 edged India closer to the finish line and the closing stages of the match became solely about whether Kohli would give the home fans what they wanted by reaching three figures.

 

 

 

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