ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli star as India cruise into final meeting with Pakistan

See the best images from India's nine-wicket win over Bangladesh in the second ICC Champions Trophy semi-final.

Sport360 staff
by Sport360 staff
15th June 2017

article:15th June 2017

Rohit Sharma (123* off 129 balls) and Virat Kohli (96* off 78 balls) starred as defending champions India cruised into the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy final after a nine-wicket win over Bangladesh at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Thursday.

Chasing a target of 265, India got off to a brilliant start with Rohit and Shikhar Dhawan (46 off 34 balls) adding 87 runs for the opening wicket.


Dhawan, especially, was very aggressive as he hit seven fours and one six during his stay at the crease.

There was no respite for the Bangladesh bowlers even after Dhawan’s dismissal as Kohli joined Rohit in the middle and the duo made sure that India were in complete control with an unbeaten 202-run partnership.

In the end, India reached the target with 9.5 overs to spare.

Earlier, the Indian bowlers did a good job to restrict Bangladesh to 264-7 in their 50 overs after Tamim Iqbal (70 off 82 balls) and Mushfiqur Rahim (61 off 85 balls) added a century-stand together.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar had got India off to a good start, picking up two wickets with the new ball to reduce Bangladesh to 31-2. Tamim and Mushfiqur, then, seemed to have given their side a brilliant platform as they put on a 123-run partnership for the third wicket.

The decision to bring on part-time spinner Kedar Jadhav was a big turning point in the match as he took the wickets of both the set batsmen. The 32-year-old managed to have impressive bowling figures of 6-0-22-2 at the end of his spell.

Jasprit Bumrah followed up the good work done by Jadhav, with a couple of wickets of his own as Bangladesh went from 154-2 to 229-7. A few boundaries from captain Mashrafe Mortaza (30* off 25 balls) helped Bangladesh get to 264, a total that was far from enough in the end.

India will now face arch-rivals Pakistan in what will be a highly-anticipated final at The Oval on Sunday.

BRIEF SCORES

Bangladesh 264-7, 50 overs [Tamim 70, Mushfiqur 61, Jadhav 2-22] lost to India 265-1, 40.1 overs [Rohit 123*, Kohli 96*, Mortaza 1-29] by nine wickets.

Player of the Match – Rohit Sharma.


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ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli star as India cruise into final meeting with Pakistan

See the best images from India's nine-wicket win over Bangladesh in the second ICC Champions Trophy semi-final.

Captains Virat Kohli and Mashrafe Mortaza at the toss.

Captains Virat Kohli and Mashrafe Mortaza at the toss.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked up two early wickets for India.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked up two early wickets for India.

Hardik Pandya reacts after getting Tamim Iqbal bowled off a no-ball.

Hardik Pandya reacts after getting Tamim Iqbal bowled off a no-ball.

Tamim top scored for Bangladesh with 70.

Tamim top scored for Bangladesh with 70.

Mushfiqur Rahim also notched up a half-century.

Mushfiqur Rahim also notched up a half-century.

Kedar Jadhav turned the match on its head with two wickets.

Kedar Jadhav turned the match on its head with two wickets.

Ravindra Jadeja celebrates the wicket of Shakib Al Hasan.

Ravindra Jadeja celebrates the wicket of Shakib Al Hasan.

Shikhar Dhawan got India off to a quick start.

Shikhar Dhawan got India off to a quick start.

Rohit Sharma raises his bat after reaching his hundred.

Rohit Sharma raises his bat after reaching his hundred.

Kohli looked fluent during his unbeaten 96.

Kohli looked fluent during his unbeaten 96.