Bangladesh and India met at a similar juncture in World Cup 2015 quarter final. This time in Champions Trophy, Bangladesh soared up itself to semifinals and even played one-on-one with India until more than half the inning. But India is much experienced than Bangladesh both at international pitches and in the format. This strength turned up as the winning bet for India in semifinals of Champions Trophy cruising to finals. India won the match by 9 wickets sparing 59 balls.
Bangladesh played strong batting first at Edgbaston. With a headstrong partnership of Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim, Bangladesh reached 142 for 2 in 25 overs. The inning seemed well until those fine spells from Jasprit Bumrah and Kedar Jadhav that rattled the batting order. Still, the players kept on flow of runs intact in the inning reaching 264. However, the way they started, the target for India could have easily been 300 plus.
There were two half centuries in the inning from Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim. Iqbal remained on the crease to run pass 27 overs to score 70 runs, while, Musfiqur Rahim scored 61. After the partnership, Bangladesh was left with Shakib Al Hasan, Mossaddek Hossain and Mahmudullah in the batting front. The players were through brisk innings being contained off deliveries from Bumrah and Jadeja. Mashrafe Mortaza added a crucial 30 remaining not out.
In reply to Bangladesh, Indian batsmen showed up an intensive inning. Only Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan played hauling the win. Rohit Sharma blitzed for the first time in the tournament hammering a century. The opener remained not out throughout the inning of 40.1 overs to score 123 runs. The first partnership in the inning was between Sharma and Dhawan bringing 87 runs in 14.4 overs. Dhawan scored 46 off 36 balls.
Virat Kohli and Sharma forged the winning partnership sharing the unbeaten 178 between them expanding to 25.3 overs. Kohli reached the milestone of 8000 ODI runs. The skipper became the fastest player to reach the feat in ODI. His score was just four less to another century, 96. For India, it was the sixth semi-final match in seven years. The grand finale is between India and Pakistan, the arch rivals. Champions Trophy, this season, cannot be as exhilarating as than this.
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