Defending champions India defeated Bangladesh in a dominant display to book their fourth consecutive Champions Trophy final, setting up a mouth watering clash against arch rivals Pakistan. Chasing a modest target of 265, Indian batsmen made light work of the score, reaching there in 40.1 overs and 9 wickets to spare. Rohit Sharma hit his first century in over 18 months, scoring 123 not out, while skipper Kohli got an unbeaten 96 to take India home. Earlier, it was the 87 run opening stand that gave India the right start to the run chase. Although it wasn’t a huge total they were after, the duo of Dhawan and Sharma went after the bowlers from the very beginning, each demonstrating the subtle form they have been in. Dhawan, who is the highest run-getter in the tournament, scored a sublime 34-ball 48 before falling to Mortaza off a top-edge. His departure only compelled Rohit Sharma to step up the scoring, with Kohli chiming in. Kohli also reached a personal milestone when he became the fastest batsman to reach 8000 runs in ODI cricket, overtaking AB de Villiers. The Bangladeshi bowlers, barring Mortaza, were taken to the cleaners and India were in clear sights of a victory by the 40th over. With the win, India qualified for the final of the Champions Trophy, where they will meet Pakistan for the first final showdown between the two nations in an ICC tournament.
— ICC (@ICC) June 16, 2017
Earlier, Bangladesh stumbled in the middle overs after Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur scored half centuries to take Bangladesh to a promising 150 runs in 26.2 overs. The pair put on a century stand, with the two being especially severe on Hardik Pandya. However, in a bowling coup of sorts, part-time medium pacer Kedhar Jadhav dismissed both the set batsmen with his angular deliveries finding little answer from the Bangladeshis. The bowler finished with figures of 2/22 in 6.0 overs, with the brakes firmly on the Bangladeshis. Jasprit Bumrah further caused damage, cleaning up Mosaddek Hasan and Mahmudullah, and the suddenly the Bangladeshis were hurtling to a below-250 score. It was at this stage that Mashrafe Mortaza walked in, and his came of 30 off 25 balls, which included five fours, helped ensure that Bangladesh put on a score that they could hope to defend.
— ICC (@ICC) June 16, 2017
Champions Trophy 2017 India Vs Bangladesh Brief Scores:
Bangladesh 264/7 in 50 overs [Tamim Iqbal 70(82), Mushfiqur Rahim 61 (85);Kedar Jadhav 6-0-22-2 , Jasprit Bumrah 10-1-39-2 ]
India 265 / 1 in 40.1 overs [Rohit Sharma 123*(129), Virat Kohli 96 (78); Mashrafe Mortaza 8-0-29-1]
Final Result :- India won by 9 wickets
— ICC (@ICC) June 15, 2017