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PHOTOS: India overpower Bangladesh to set final date with Pakistan

Last updated on: June 15, 2017 22:51 IST

Rohit Sharma

IMAGE: Rohit Sharma celebrates after completing his century. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Rohit Sharma stamped his class with an authoritative hundred in the company of magnificent Virat Kohli as India annihilated Bangladesh by nine wickets to set up a bumper summit showdown with arch-rivals Pakistan in the ICC Champions Trophy, in Birmingham, on Thursday.

The lazy elegance of Rohit (123 not out from 129 balls) coupled with the unmatched swagger of skipper Kohli (96 not out from 78 balls) ensured India treat Bangladesh's attack with utter disdain, knocking off a modest target of 265 in 40.1 overs.

India captain Virat Kohli in action during his innings of 96 not out

IMAGE: India captain Virat Kohli in action during his innings of 96 not out. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

This was after some inspired bowling changes from Kohli, including the introduction of part-time off-spinner Kedar Jadhav, which changed the complexion of the game with Bangladesh managing only 264 for seven in 50 overs.

Rohit and Shikhar Dhawan (46) again provided India with the perfect start as they put on 87 runs for the opening wicket.

And then came skipper Kohli, who treated the opposition attack as a bunch of net bowlers, adding 178 runs for the second wicket off 153 balls.

Rohit Sharma en route his fluent innings against Bangladesh

IMAGE: Rohit Sharma hits a boundary through the off-side. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

The Indian captain also reached a personal milestone of 8000 ODI runs in his 183rd match, becoming the fastest player to do so.

The gulf between the two teams was evident in the manner the Indian batsmen toyed with the Bangladesh attack.

Anything short outside the off-stump was cut with ferocity. If the short ball was on leg and middle, it was dutifully pulled by Rohit, Kohli or Dhawan.

Bangladesh's Mashrafe Mortaza (left) celebrates the wicket of India's Shikhar Dhawan

IMAGE: Bangladesh's Mashrafe Mortaza, left, celebrates the wicket of Shikhar Dhawan. Photograph: Paul Childs Livepic/Action Images via Reuters

Rohit, who is playing his first international tournament in six months, once again showed during his 11th ODI hundred as to why he is so highly rated in the limited overs format.

He smashed 15 boundaries and a hooked six off Mustafizur to complete his hundred.

Shikhar Dhawan of India bats during his innings against Bangladesh

IMAGE: Shikhar Dhawan plays the pull shot. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

Kohli, who finished the match with a boundary, hit 13 of them as India put a dominating performance with the bat.

They will take on Pakistan in the final at the Oval in London on Sunday.

Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza goes all out as he bats en route his useful 30 off 25 balls lower down the  order

IMAGE: Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza on the attack. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

Part time off-spinner Kedar Jadhav's 'golden arm' provided decisive twin blows, helping defending champions India restrict Bangladesh to 264 for seven in the second semi-final of the Champions Trophy in Birmingham on Thursday.

Jadhav’s 2/22 in six overs brought India back into the game as he took the crucial wickets of Tamim Iqbal (70) and Mushfiqur Rahim (61) with his fastish off-breaks.

Mosaddek Hossain plays a shot only to be caught and bowled by India’s Jasprit Bumrah

IMAGE: Mosaddek Hossain plays a shot only to be caught and bowled by Jasprit Bumrah. Photograph: Andrew Boyers Livepic/Action Images via Reuters

The two wickets proved to be the difference between Bangladesh only managing 264 instead of a projected 310 after Tamim and Rahim had added 123 runs for the second wicket in only 21.1 overs. Once Kedar was done with his job, Jasprit Bumrah (2/40 in 10 overs) played his regular part to perfection stifling the opposition with as many as 40 dot balls.

The third Powerplay (41-50) saw Bangladesh scoring only 62 runs primarily due to a cameo from skipper Mashrafe Mortaza (30 no off 25 balls).

Ravindra Jadeja celebrates with Kedar Jadhav after dismissing Shakib Al Hasan

IMAGE: Ravindra Jadeja celebrates with Kedar Jadhav after dismissing Shakib Al Hasan. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

Bumrah's senior partner Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2/53) complemented him well with couple of dismissals first up. Bangladesh lost momentum when Jadhav first got rid of the dangerous Tamim, who tried an ugly slog sweep to a delivery that was fired down at middle and leg. He missed the line completely to be bowled.

In a space of a few overs, Jadhav was back in thick of things, this time getting Rahim to drive uppishly which went straight to skipper Virat Kohli at mid-wicket.

Tamim Iqbal walks off as he is bowled off the bowling of Kedar Jadhav (centre)

IMAGE: Tamim Iqbal walks off as he is bowled off the bowling of Kedar Jadhav (centre). Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Jadhav was an inspired choice for Kohli as his fifth bowler Hardik Pandya had an off-day, giving away 34 in his four overs including one over where he got Tamim out twice – caught off a free-hit and then bowled off a no-ball.

Ravindra Jadeja (1/48 in 10 overs) got Shakib Al Hasan (15) caught by Mahendra Singh Dhoni between the dismissals of Tamim and Rahim.

Bangladesh's Mushfiqur Rahim in action plays the scoop shot

IMAGE: Bangladesh's Mushfiqur Rahim in action plays the scoop shot. Photograph: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs Livepic

From 154 for two, Bangladesh slumped to 179 for five, once again fluffing their lines during the crucial death overs.

It was Bumrah who took charge during the death overs. He scared the hell out of Mosaddek Saikat (15) with a barrage of short balls which got him a simple caught and bowled.

Bangladesh's Tamim Iqbal watches as the ball races past India's Rohit Sharma

IMAGE: Bangladesh's Tamim Iqbal watches as the ball races past India's Rohit Sharma. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

Bangladesh’s last hope for a big score was Mahmudullah Riyadh (21), who got the perfect yorker and he could have done nothing about it.


Bangladesh badly needed Mahmudullah, a century maker in the win over New Zealand last week, to regain the momentum but he was only able to make 21 off 25 balls before being bowled by a fine Jasprit Bumrah yorker.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar celebrates after dismissing Sabbir Rahman

IMAGE: Bhuvneshwar Kumar celebrates after dismissing Sabbir Rahman. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

Earlier, both Tamim and Shakib didn’t take too many risks but got the scoreboard ticking raising hopes of a big total when they were comfortably placed at 154 for two.

Tamim’s 82 ball innings had seven fours and a flicked six off Hardik Pandya while Rahim hit four boundaries in his 85-ball knock. 

Bangladesh’s Soumya Sarkar reacts after losing his wicket to India's Bhuvneshwar Kumar

IMAGE: Bangladesh’s Soumya Sarkar reacts after losing his wicket to India's Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Photograph: Andrew Boyers Livepic/Action Images via Reuters

In fact after three successive boundaries off a Bhuvneshwar over, Rahim was keener on rotating the strike.

They in fact negotiated Ravichandran Ashwin (10-0-54-0) well without taking any undue risks. While Ashwin bowled 27 dot balls, he did not bowl any wicket-taking deliveries.

India captain Virat Kohli and Bangladesh captain Mushrafe Mortaza at the toss

IMAGE: India captain Virat Kohli and Bangladesh captain Mushrafe Mortaza at the toss. Photograph: BCCI/Twitter

Earlier, India won the toss and opted to field against Bangladesh.

India picked the same team that played in their previous game against South Africa while Bangladesh too did not make any changes from the eleven that played against New Zealand.

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