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Holders India reach Cricket World Cup semi-finals

Suresh Raina jumps on Umesh Yadav after the pair had dismissed Mushfiqur Rahim. Credit: Reuters

Holders India have secured their World Cup semi-final spot following a 109-run victory over Bangladesh in Melbourne.

India scored 302-6 in the first innings after winning the toss and electing to bat, and Rohit Sharma responded by hitting 137 from 126 balls.

Bangladesh never looked likely to reach the 303 required for victory and were eventually put out of their misery with five overs to spare.

India will be heavily fancied to retain their title after continuing to dismiss every opposition batsman they have come up against at the tournament.


Pakistan knock Ireland out of Cricket World Cup

Ireland have been knocked out of the cricket World Cup as Pakistan cruised to a seven-wicket win at the Adelaide Oval.

Sarfraz Ahmed's unbeaten 101 condemned the Irish to an early exit despite an impressive showing in Pool B where they won three games. But West Indies' win over the United Arab Emirates gave them a better net run-rate.

Despite William Porterfield's maiden World Cup century, Ireland could only make 237 as they were bowled out in 50 overs and that total failed to trouble the Pakistan batsmen, with Sarfraz and Ahmed Shehzad leading the way with an opening partnership of 120, before Umar Akmal hit the winning runs in the 47th over.

Australia see off Scotland at Cricket World Cup

Aussie fast bowler Mitchell Starc (left) takes Iain Wardlaw's wicket. Credit: ROB BLAKERS/AAP

Australia eased past Scotland in the Cricket World Cup with a seven-wicket win in Hobart despite a long rain delay. The win saw the co-hosts finish second in Pool A, behind other co-hosts New Zealand.

Scotland were bowled out for a meagre 130 in just 25.4 overs by the Australia attack with Mitchell Starc (four for 14) the key man for the tournament co-hosts.

Australia made light work of the reply, which was interrupted for an hour and a half by rain, with captain Michael Clarke top-scoring with 47 as they eased to victory in 15.2 overs.

In Pool B, Suresh Raina scored his maiden World Cup century as India cruised to a six-wicket win over Zimbabwe in Auckland.

Sangakkara puts Scots to the sword

Sangakkara became the first man to score four consecutive World Cup centuries. Credit: Reuters

Kumar Sangakkara became the first man to score four consecutive World Cup centuries as Sri Lanka swept aside Scotland's challenge in Hobart.

The Sri Lanka number three followed up hundreds against Bangladesh, Australia and England with his highest score of the tournament so far, an innings of 124 from 95 balls, as Sri Lanka posted 363 for nine.

In reply, Scotland were a long way short, all out for 215 as they lost by 148 runs.

  • Watch all the highlights tonight on ITV4 at 10pm


AB shines with 162 from 66 balls as South Africa thrash West Indies

AB was in fine form. Credit: Reuters

Another awe-inspiring batting display from AB de Villiers helped South Africa to a crushing 257-run World Cup Group B victory against West Indies in Sydney.

De Villiers needed only 31 balls against West Indies to record the fastest ever one-day international century in January, and tormented their bowlers once again by smashing an unbeaten 162 from 66 balls to help South Africa to 408 for five from their 50 overs - their highest-ever World Cup score.

Watch highlights of the match tonight on ITV4 at 10pm.

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