2017 ICC Champions Trophy: India Sets A Date With Pakistan After Routing Bangladesh
In-form India has registered an emphatic nine-wicket win over resurgent Bangladesh in the second semi-final of the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Thursday to set a date with arch-rivals Pakistan on June 18 at the Kensington Oval, after riding on magnificent century of reliable Rohit Sharma, as he was equally supported by skipper and batting mainstay Virat Kohli with his calculative half-century.
While demolishing the bowling attack of the Tigers, formidable India chased down the target in 40.1 overs, as Rohit Sharma remained unbeaten on 123 off 129 balls which further saw Virat Kohli remained not out on 96 off 78 balls — to become fastest to score 8,000 runs in One-day Internationals.
Blazing with the bat, Rohit-Kohli show posted unbeaten 178 runs off 153 deliveries for the second wicket.
Sharma, who registered his 11th ODI hundred, played a sublime innings without too much off a fuss, as he smashed 15 boundaries and a solitary six, whereas, Kohli smashed 13 boundaries to make run-chase a one-sided affair.
Coming to the bat after opting to field, Men in Blue openers have had given yet another scintillating start for the first wicket which saw Rohit and left-handed Shikhar Dhawan posting 87 runs for the first wicket in 14.4 overs.
However, prolific with the bat, Dhawan missed his half-century when he was caught by Mossadek Hossain, on the bowling of Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza when he was batting on 46 off just 34 deliveries.
Earlier, India bowlers made most of the surface during the overcast conditions when slight drizzle saw the surface being covered for a brief time, before the start of day’s play.
At one stage Bangladesh were 154 for two in 27.5 overs, before Men in Blue made things difficult for the bowlers.
The highlight of the day for Bangladesh in batting was a 123-run partnership between senior campaigner batsman Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim.
Bangladesh was able to post 264 for seven on board which saw the Tigers skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza scoring unbeaten 30 off 25 balls, which included five boundaries.
For India off-spinner Kedhar Jadhav was promising with the ball, as he claimed two wickets in six overs after conceding 22 runs.
Moreover, Jasprit bowled brilliantly in the death. He picked two wickets alongside Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ravindra Jadeja claimed a solitary wicket of Shakib-Al-Hasan.
At one stage Bangladesh was struggling at 31 for two in 6.5 overs which saw Soumya Sarkar found an inside edge crashing into his stumps before Sabbir Rahman was dismissed by Bhuvneshwar Kumar on 19 off 21 balls when Ravindra Jadeja completed a catch.
For Bangladesh, left-handed Tamim Iqbal was the top-scorer with 70 runs in 80 balls which comprised of seven boundaries and a six, as Rahim registered 61 off 85 balls.
India 265 for 1 in 40.1 overs
Rohit Sharma 123* off 129
Virat Kohli 96* off 78
Mashrafe Mortaza 1 for 29 in overs
Bangladesh 264 for seven in 50 overs
Tamim Iqbal 70 off 82
Mushfiqur Rahim 61 off 85
Kedar Jadhav 2 for 22 in six overs
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