ICC CT: India beat Bangladesh, enter final

ICC CT: India beat Bangladesh, enter final 
Updated on : 16-06-2017 07:59 AM
India dished out a clinical performance to book a record fourth final appearance at the ICC Champions Trophy after sweeping aside Bangladesh in a one-sided semi final in Edgbaston on Thursday.


Powered by splendid innings from Rohit Sharma and captain Virat Kohli, India coasted to a nine-wicket win, chasing down 265 in 40.1 overs.

With this win, defending champions India set up a mouth-watering title clash with Pakistan on Sunday - a team they thrashed earlier in the league stage to kickstart their campaign.

It did not take long for India to make a breakthrough after Kohli won the toss and fielded under grey skies.

The very first over saw Soumya Sarkar fall for a second-ball duck off Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

Sabbir Rahman was soon caught by Ravindra Jadeja off Kumar's bowling.

But from 46 for two, the experienced pair of Tamim and Mushfiqur rebuilt the innings.

Tamim, bowled off a Hardik Pandya no-ball on 17, was in fine touch and Bangladesh´s third-wicket duo shared a stand of 123.

It seemed they would cross the 300 run mark easily.

However, Kedar Jadhav proved India´s surprise weapon with the ball as he removed Bangladesh top-scorers Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim.

In between, Shakib al Hasan was scalped by Ravinder Jadeja.

Some late-order hitting from Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza, helped the Tigers reach 264 for 7 in the stipulated 50 overs.

The in form pair of Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma continued their good run.

Both added 87 runs for first wicket and dashed any hopes of Bangladesh putting India under pressure.

Dhawan was out after making 46 runs but in the course he became the highest run getter in this edition of Champion Trophy.

In came the chase master Virat Kohli and the Indian captain helped speed up proceedings.

Rohit and Virat scored runs quickly as the Bangladesh bowlers were sent on a leather hunt.

Rohit Sharma completed his century, while Virat Kohli became the fastest batsman to accumulate 8000 ODI runs.

He achieved the feat in 175 innings, eclipsing A B Devilliers Record. Virat and Rohit added 178 runs for the 2nd wicket and helped India sail to a 9 wicket win.

Rohit remained not out on 123 and Kohli unbeaten on 96. India will now play Pakistan in Sunday´s final at the Oval.

India launched their title-defence with a 124-run thrashing of arch-rivals Pakistan at Edgbaston in the first match of the tournament.

(AKS-15/06)

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