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T20 World Cup: India seal semi-final berth

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India became the first nation to qualify for the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup following a comprehensive  eight-wicket victory over hosts Bangladesh in Dhaka.

It was another clinical all-round performance by the 50-over world champions as the bowlers laid the platform for a manageable run chase which was reached with ease.

India have been in cruise control throughout the tournament, defeating Pakistan and the West Indies by seven wickets and then today's win which steered them to the top of Group Two and into the next round with a game to spare.

The Indian spinners restricted Bangladesh to a below par 138/7. Amit Mishra with 3/26 and Ravichandran Ashwin with 2/15 led the attack for the 2007 T20 world champions.

The Indian response was all too easy although Bangladesh might have had some false hope early on when Shikhar Dhawan was dismissed in the second over with the score on 13. Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma assumed control with a partnership of exactly 100 before the opener departed for a well played 56 off 44 balls.

Kohli - who is is fast establishing himself as one of the best players in all formats of the game - finished with a superb 57 guiding his team to victory alongside captain MS Dhoni who was unbeaten on 22.

With qualification secured for India, Pakistan and the West Indies look set to battle it out for the final spot in Group Two.

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T20 World Cup
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