Defending champions India crush Bangladesh by nine wickets in the second semi-final of the ICC Champions Trophy to face Pakistan in the Final at the Oval on Sunday. India started the tournament as favorites; they lived up to everyone’s expectations by delivering another clinical performance to trump Bangladesh.
Bangladesh lost their first wicket in the first over of the match, they were 1 for 1. In came Sabbir Rahman, he hit Bumrah for a magnificent drive through point on the first ball he faced. The intent was clear; to unsettle the Indian pacers. In the next over he hit Bhuvneshwar Kumar for 2 fours and another 4 in the over that followed. He eventually fell for 19 to Bhuvneshwar Kumar but this brief stint proved to be frustrating for the Indian captain Virat Kohli.
It looked like Bangladesh were all set to post a 300 plus score when Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim were batting. They took the score from 31/2 to 142/2 in 25 overs. They batted beautifully, rotating the strike and hitting boundaries at will. Kohli was forced to bring in the part timer Kedar Jadhav into the attack. This proved to be a stroke of genius. He only went for six runs in his first over. In his next over the pressure of not hitting a boundary got the better of Tamim Iqbal, he got bowled and the partnership of 123 runs was broken. He continued to bowl within the stumps and in the 36th over he got rid of Mushfiqur Rahim when the score was 177. The Bangladesh innings fell apart and they only managed to score 264.
What is with Shikhar Dhawan and Champions Trophy, his love affair is only getting stronger with each game. Today was no different. He hit 46 off just 34 balls; he made sure Bangladesh had no chance of making a comeback in the match. Dhawan is the leading scorer of the tournament and is also the fourth highest scorer at CT with 680 runs in just 9 innings.
Virat Kohli finished off the chase in style by hitting a crisp drive through the covers for four. He scored yet another fifty against Bangladesh and he is now also the fastest batsman to reach 8000 ODI runs. In his flawless innings of 96 not out off 78 balls he hit 13 fours; a treat for his fans and cricket lovers.