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Rohit is the best one-day batsman, says Kohli

Rohit hit his fourth century of the tournament as India reached semifinals
India captain Virat Kohli hailed Rohit Sharma as the "best one-day player around" after the opener's fourth century of the tournament saw the side book their place in the semifinals of the World Cup with a 28-run win over Bangladesh at Edgbaston on Tuesday.

Sharma's attacking 104 laid the foundation of India's 314 for nine after Kohli elected to bat first in India's penultimate match of the league phase.

Yet for the second match in a row Sharma - as happened during India's 31-run defeat by England at Edgbaston on Sunday - was dropped in single figures before making a hundred.


India's bowlers then combined to dismiss Bangladesh for 286 with two overs to spare after star batsman Shakib Al Hasan top-scored with a valiant 66.

Jasprit Bumrah took four wickets and fellow paceman Hardik Pandya three, including the prize scalp of Shakib.

Kohli may be widely regarded as the best current batsman in all forms of the game but the skipper was unstinting in his praise of Sharma.

"In my opinion he is the best one-day player around, he is having the tournament of his life and when he plays well everyone has so much confidence," said Kohli.

"When he plays well we know we are heading for a big score. He gives everyone confidence to go out and bat."

Kohli added: "Bangladesh played some really good cricket and deserve credit for the fight they put up. We had to work hard for the win and we are happy to see a 'Q' (qualified) in front of our name now."

Defeat ended Bangladesh's slim hopes of a place in the last four after they had impressed during wins over South Africa and the West Indies.

"It was a good effort --- Mustafizur bowled well," said Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza. "But if one of the batsmen could have got to 80 or 90, it might have been different. We were asking too much in the end."

The day belonged to Sharma, whose attacking 92-ball innings, featuring seven fours and five sixes, was cheered on by another largely pro-India crowd in Birmingham.

Sharma and opening partner KL Rahul put on 180 - the highest stand for the first wicket in the tournament - to get India off to a flying start.

But Sharma should have been out for nine only for Tamim Iqbal to drop a simple catch at deep midwicket following a mistimed pull off paceman Mustafizur Rahman.

Sharma was finally was caught at extra cover by Liton Das off the bowling of Soumya Sarkar and Rahul, who filled an opener's slot following an injury to Shikhar Dhawan, was caught behind off Rubel Hossain for 77.

Bangladesh face Pakistan in their last group match at Lord's on Friday.

India meet Sri Lanka on the final day of the round-robin phase on Saturday.

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