Melbourne, Mar 19: Batting first Indian batters have played their part and posted 300-plus runs on the board and set a target of 303 runs for Bangladesh in the second World Cup Quarter Final match here. Now, all eyes are fixed at Indian bowlers who equaled South Africa's a record of taking all 10 rival wickets in every game in the World Cup so far. (Aleem Dar under fire for 'helping' Rohit score ton)
If Indian bowlers manage to claim all 10 Bangladeshi wickets today, they will be the first to achieve this 'remarkable' feat in World Cup. The Proteas had done the same in 2011 edition.
Indian bowlers have been impressive in each game and now have already own a record of dismissing every batter in the opposition.
If Mohammed Shami & Co repeat it in this game against Bangladesh as well, it will not only make a World Cup record but also give them a psychological advantage before semi-final match. The World record is Australia, who bowled out the opposition 10 times in a row.
India began their World Cup defence against Pakistan on February 15 in Adelaide. Since that day, they are on a roll, winning all six games so far.
Mohammed Shami (15 wickets) is the leading wicket-taker for India in the tournament. R Ashwin has 12 followed by 10 each for Umesh Yadav and Mohit Sharma. Ravindra Jadeja has 7 scalps.
They bowled out Zimbabwe, last week, for 287 and made it 6-0 heading into the quarter-finals today against Bangladesh.
However, score of 287 against Zimbabwe was the most conceded by India so far in the tournament.
Before the start of World Cup, Indian bowlers were being criticised heavily after failing in the tri-series that preceded. Now, all of a sudden, they are in outstanding form.
India's 60 wickets in 6 games at World Cup 2015 (February 15 to March 14)
1. Pakistan 224 all out in 47 overs (India won by 76 runs)
2. South Africa 177 all out in 40.2 overs (India won by 130 runs)
3. United Arab Emirates 102 all out in 31.3 overs (India won by 9 wickets)
4. West Indies 182 all out in 44.2 overs (India won by 4 wickets)
5. Ireland 259 all out in 49 overs (India won by 8 wickets)
6. Zimbabwe 287 all out in 48.5 overs (India won by 6 wickets)