ICC Champions Trophy : India beat Bangladesh by 9 wickets to set up final with Pakistan

India restricted Bangladesh to 264 for 7 before Rohit Sharma scored a hundred and Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli scored fifties to take India into the final of Champions Trophy 2017 where they will face arch-rivals Pakistan on Sunday.

India won the toss and chose to bowl first . In first 25 overs of their innings, Bangladesh were in a comfortable position at 142 for 2. But, Kedar Jadhav removed both half-centurions Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim in his spell of six over for 22 runs as Bangladesh lost the plot and were restricted to 264 for 7(ScoreCard).

Indian openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma set a solid partnership of  87-runs and gave team India a solid start. Rohit Sharma brought up his century, second against Bangladesh in ICC events. Virat Kohli remained unbeaten on 96 as India chased down the target with nine wickets in hand and 59 balls remaining.(ScoreCard)

India chase was perfect from the start to end and they did not let the pressure get on to them.

Defending champions India reached the Champions Trophy final for the fourth time and will defend their title against arch-rivals Pakistan, who beat England in the semi-final, in the final on Sunday.

Bangladesh captain, Mashrafe Mortaza: Obviously we could have got to 300-320. Once Kedar (Jadhav) came in, he restricted us. We have some experienced players as well who would come in strongly next time but we need to be mentally strong. Skill wise we are fine. Once, you are playing a game like this, you need to be mentally strong.

India captain, Virat Kohli: Absolutely, we had another complete game. When we won the toss, I expected another clean performance. With the ball, we never let them away. The two quick wickets got us the momentum. (On his approach while batting) I always try to give myself sometime. Today was an opportunity for me to play the way I can. Credit to Rohit and to Shikhar as well. Hopefully, they can give us another good start in the finals. The side that gets less excited and has more composure will win the finals. We are very keen to get on the park for the final. It is never a worry when the guys in the middle order are not batting. Everybody is hitting the ball really well in the nets.

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