Former Indian cricketer Mohammad Kaif appreciated the contest between India and Bangladesh in which the Men in Blue emerged victorious as they beat the Tigers by 28 runs to confirm a berth for themselves in the semi-finals of the ongoing World Cup.
The former player took to Twitter to appreciate the efforts of Bangladesh, especially the bowling of Mustafizur Rahman and Shakib Al Hasan, in restricting India's total to a score below 350. India got off to a flyer with a 180-run opening partnership between Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul, following which Bangladesh put up a strong fight in the last ten overs, not allowing India to capitalize on the situation entirely. Read his tweet below:
Shakib Al Hasan tried to maneuver the innings for Bangladesh with yet another patient knock of 66 but was dismissed by Hardik Pandya following which the Bangladeshi batting saw a collapse, with little hope of getting to a win coming from Mohammad Saifuddin who remained at 51 not out at the end of the innings, as the lone survivor of the playing eleven of the Tigers. Kaif tweeted to appreciate the efforts of Shakib Al Hasan in trying to guide the Tigers to victory over the Men in Blue. Read the tweet here:
The former cricketer praised the efforts of Bangladesh to try inch closer to the target despite losing their key player Shakib Al Hasan. He applauded Jasprit Bumrah for his magnificent last over that saw two wickets fall, which sealed the deal for India and ensured a comprehensive victory over the Tigers, guaranteeing them a spot in the semi-finals. Read the tweet here:
In the concluding moment of the match after the post-match presentation, Indian skipper Virat Kohli and Man of the Match Rohit Sharma met the 87-year old Indian fan Charulatha Patel, and spoke to her following which they sought her blessings and love. Kaif hailed the gesture of the skipper and the vice-skipper and said that she was a special fan transcending barriers of age with her passion to visit the stadium to watch India play. Read the tweet here:
India will now face Sri Lanka in the last match of the group stage on 6 July at Headingley, Leeds following which they will proceed to the semi-finals.