Rohit and Virat steer India to the CT final
By Krunal Gandhi, MyCricketHighlights Cricket Writer
2nd Semi-Final: Bangladesh vs India at Edgbaston, Birmingham, June 15 - 2017, Cricket Highlights.
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There was a reason why India started as the favourites to win their semi-final match against Bangladesh and the manner in which they dominated today’s game, they lived up to the expectations and justified the favourites tag. Like the first semi-final, this one also turned out to be a one-sided contest, as India crushed Bangladesh to win the match by 9 wickets and by doing so, have given themselves an opportunity to win the Champions Trophy for the second time in a row.
Virat Kohli won the all-important toss and had no hesitation in bowling first; and it was Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who provided them with a perfect start by getting rid of Soumya Sarkar. Upon his dismissal, Sabbir Rahman came out to bat with an aggressive intent and took on the Indian bowlers. He played some terrific shots and even walked down the track to disturb the line and length of the bowlers. To stop Sabbir from playing the attacking shots, Bhuvneshwar Kumar employed the short-pitch bowling, which eventually played on the batsman’s mind and when he got a short and wide delivery from Bhuvi, he threw the kitchen sink at it, only to find himself caught at point.
From the other end, Bumrah was also disciplined with his line and lengths and went past the outside edge of Tamim’s bat a couple of times. Coming to Tamim, who was lucky on quite a few occasions – he was also bowled off a no-ball – got off to slow start, but as the innings progressed, he improved his strike-rate and started scoring at almost a run-a-ball. Along with Mushfiqur Rahim, the two batted exceptionally well and took their team past the 100-run mark in 19 overs.
The regular Indian spinners were unable to break the partnership and also failed in controlling the flow of runs as both, Jadeja and Ashwin, went at 6 RPO. Virat Kohli then brought the part-timer, Kedar Jadhav, into the attack and the move worked brilliantly for Kohli and Co. as Jadhav cleaned up Tamim for 70 and brought an end to the 123-run partnership.
Jadhav not only got the breakthrough, but also bowled 6 tight overs, which helped India to slow down the run-rate. In his 6th over, he also picked up the wicket of Mushfiqur Rahim and gave a double blow to the Bangladeshis.
It was Jadhav’s wily spell that turned the match in India’s favour, after which the Indian pacers tightened the screws on Bangladesh and restricted them to a below-par total.
During the chase, India were off to a flying start courtesy of Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma. Both the batsmen were simply sublime in their timing and scored the runs effectively on both sides of the wicket. Dhawan was particularly severe on the likes of Taskin Ahmed and smashed the bowler for two boundaries and a magnificent six in one over. The pull shot that he played to get the ball all the way into the stands was just brute force combined with timing.
None of the Bangladeshi bowlers looked effective on the flat wicket and except Mashrafe Mortaza, all other went for plenty of runs. Speaking of Mortaza, the Bangladeshi skipper bowled 7 overs on a stretch, before finally picking up the wicket of Dhawan in his 8th over.
Virat Kohli joined Rohit Sharma out in the middle and the two were involved in a marathon partnership, which took the game completely away from Bangladesh. When these two are on song, it’s simply joyous to watch them bat. Today was one such day where anything they touched turned into gold. Their timing was impeccable and their shot-making was superb.
While Virat Kohli scored his 42nd ODI fifty, Rohit Sharma converted his half-century into a hundred. It was his second ton against Bangladesh and the first one in the Champions Trophy. What a time to get it! During their unbeaten partnership of 178 runs, they also broke the record for the highest second-wicket partnership for India in CT.
Kohli, too, could have got to his hundred, but there were not enough runs to score and therefore the Indian skipper remained stranded on 96. However, the knock was more than enough for Kohli to get past 8000 runs in ODI cricket and in doing so, he became the fastest to reach the landmark.
To end it, I would just like to say that it was a dominating performance from Team India. To chase down the target in 40.1 overs and to win the match by 9 wickets is a testimony to that fact.
India will now face arch-rivals Pakistan in the final at Kennington Oval on Sunday and the way both teams have performed in their respective semi-finals, one can only hope it to be an exciting, nail-biting contest, unlike the semis.
BangladeshSupport your team!
- Tamim Iqbal
- Soumya Sarkar
- Sabbir Rahman
- Mushfiqur Rahim (wk)
- Shakib Al Hasan
- Mosaddek Hossain
- Mashrafe Mortaza (c)
- Taskin Ahmed
- Rubel Hossain
- Mustafizur Rahman
IndiaSupport your team!
- Rohit Sharma
- Shikhar Dhawan
- Virat Kohli (c)
- Yuvraj Singh
- MS Dhoni (wk)
- Hardik Pandya
- Kedar Jadhav
- Ravindra Jadeja
- Ravichandran Ashwin
- Bhuvneshwar Kumar
- Jasprit Bumrah