Its India vs Pakistan in ICC Champions Trophy 2017 final

Ross Houston
June 16, 2017

In the first semifinal, Pakistan stunned title-favourite England by eight wickets to reach their first ever Champions Trophy final.

India had a wicket as early as the first over Thursday after Kohli won the toss and fielded under grey skies.

Sabbir Rahman, then, joined Tamim Iqbal as Bangladesh looked to rebuild the innings. Both the batsmen scored the fifties and were in good position and not giving any chance to the Indian bowlers to dismiss them. Among bowlers, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Kedar Jadhav have taken two wickets each while Ravindra Jadeja has taken a wicket. "It felt like he (Kohli) was batting overnight - as a captain, he was brilliant".

Rohit Sharma hit 2 boundaries and took a single to reach his fifty in the 15th over - This being Sharma's third fifty of the 2017 Champions Trophy.

"No one is a victor beforehand and you can't predict anything in this game", he said. Losing 4 key wickets quickly left Bangladesh scoring only 103 runs in their last 20 overs.

It was total on a favourable batting pitch that proved woefully inadequate as Rohit Sharma's unbeaten 123 and Kohli's 96 not out steered defending champions India into a mouthwatering final showdown with Pakistan on Sunday.

But Kohli said there would be drastic change of game-plan after a semi-final where, having won the toss, he saw his attack restrict Bangladesh to an inadequate 264 for seven.

"Now the whole nation awaits our team making amends in the final against India - if they defeat Bangladesh", Khan said on Twitter as he congratulated Pakistan on their semi-final win.

India strolled to the winning post with 9.5 overs to spare, two years after coasting to a 109-run victory against the same opponent in a Cricket World Cup quarterfinal - a match that was the previous high point in Bangladeshi cricket. Especially, the last two games they have been terrific initially and in the later stages, as well, their wicket-taking ability is something that the opposition is aware of.

"I thought we were in a very good situation to score 300-320, that would have been a different game", said Shakib.

"It's a big frustration, because I think we've played some great cricket in this tournament - and we weren't anywhere close to it (this time)".

They played all sorts of pull shots – Rohit primarily hit behind the square, Dhawan through the square and Virat in front of the square. We need to learn so many things. "Skill-wise we're fine, but mentally we need to be stronger", Mortaza said.

Jadhav, who was handed the ball for the first time in the tournament, deceived Tamim with a straight delivery which the southpaw failed to read and instead lost his leg stump while attempting a cross-bat stroke.

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