India, riding on the superb batting efforts from Rohit and Kohli, cruised to the final of yet another ICC event as they crushed Bangladesh by 9 wickets in the second semi-final of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. Now, India will face the arch-rivals Pakistan in the final which will be played on 18th June. India won the toss and put Bangladesh in and restricted them to a under-par total of 264. Pacers, Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar, along with an unusual ally in Kedar Jadhav ensured that Bangladesh didn’t run away after a solid partnership between Tamim and Rahim.
The Indian response was first led by Dhawan, who donned the aggressive role in the 87-run opening stand and later by the centurion Rohit Sharma. After Dhawan’s departure, Kohli-Rohit combo ensured the unhindered Indian march to the finals. Here, we take a look at the FIVE talking points from the game-
Rohit – Kohli: the deadly combo of Hit-Man and the Chase Master
Bangladesh must have had some hopes of a revival when they had the most successful batsman (at that time) of the tournament with Indian score reading 87 but they were mercilessly butchered by the deadly duo of Rohit (123*) and Kohli (96*) who thrashed Bangla bowlers all around the park in their majestic 178-run unbeaten stand. Both displayed an array of eye-catching shots which left the spectators confused to decide who was aesthetically more pleasing. The unbeaten innings took Captain Kohli beyond the 8000-run milestone which further strengthens his claim as the best in business when it comes to the ODI arena.
The Rohit Sharma hundred – Hit-Man is in the Mood
The Hit-Man’s Bangladeshi love affair continued as his brought up his 11th ODI ton which propelled India to the Final of this year’s ICC Champions Trophy. It was the same Rohit Sharma, who was the reason behind the ouster of Bangladesh from the 2015 World Cup when he scored a magnificent hundred to take India to the semi-finals of the prestigious event. He first combined with his opening partner, Dhawan to give India a rollicking start and then, with the help of Captain Kohli, ensured that India finishes the line without any fuss whatsoever. The innings had the stamp of Rohit’s very own, lazy elegance and comprised of some breathtakingly glamorous shots.
‘Mr. Extras, where are you?’
How often do you imagine, let alone witness, an ODI innings without a single extra run given by the bowling side? Seeing that the bowling side is Bangladesh, one can be forgiven for branding them as an inexperienced bunch of teenagers who lack consistency, let alone pulling off the feat as rare as this. Bangladesh may have got a sound thrashing by India but they pulled off the incredible feat as the Indian chase which lasted a little more than 40 overs didn’t had any extras to show for, which is the only silver lining for Bangladesh to look at, after a dejecting loss in the semis of ICC Champions Trophy 2017.
Kedar Jadhav – an out of the syllabus question for Bangladesh
Tamim and Rahim looked quite settled at the crease, churning out runs at will. They had already removed Ashwin from the attack and were looking to unsettle Jadeja too, who had figures of 25-0 in his 4 overs at that time. Then came the ‘Golden Round-arm Slider’ from a little reputed Kedar Jadhav which went straight through the razing willow of Tamim (70), who looked to hoick it out of the ground, and crashed into the woodwork to give his captain a much-needed relief. He soon followed it up with another prized wicket of Rahim (61) who was gobbled up by Kohli.
Tamim – Rahim partnership: The love affair with India continues
Back in 2007, two young teenagers played the all-important role in India’s un-ceremonial ouster from the World Cup which shot them to the status of overnight heroes in the Bangladeshi Cricket fraternity. More than a decade later, Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim still find an unusual liking to Indian bowling attack. The duo got together in the 8th over of the Bangladeshi innings and stitched together a valuable 123-run partnership which pulled Bangla Tigers out of the misery of 31-2.