Rohit Sharma’s ton sees India storm through to the finals of Champions Trophy

India showcased dominance with bat and ball to decimate Bangladesh by 9 wickets while chasing down a score of 264 runs in the second semifinal of ICC Champions Trophy played at Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Birmingham. The bowlers did an admirable job to restrict Bangladesh to 260 odd runs after at one stage it looked the side might get close to 300 courtesy of big partnership by Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim.

Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan played their shots in the chase as India got off to a good start. Dhawan smashed loose deliveries to the boundary while Rohit also showcased elegance and finesse to pick up regular boundaries. The placid pitch meant Bangladesh attack had no answers to India’s batting onslaught as Sharma scored a magnificent ton while Dhawan departed after scoring 46 runs. Sharma added unbeaten 178-run partnership with Virat Kohli to see India chase down the runs in 40th over. Indian captain remained unbeaten on 96 runs to see India cruise to second successive finals of ICC Champions Trophy.

Earlier, Bangladesh batted first after Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to field first. Tamim Iqbal played really for his 70 runs as he put on 123-run stand with Mushfiqur Rahim to see Bangladesh comfortably placed at one stage. Kedhar Jadhav was brought into the attack as the ploy worked as he took key wickets of Tamim and Mushfiqur to see Bangladesh go from 154 for 2 to 229 for 7 in no time.

Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah could not repeat their heroics with the bat from the last as Bangladesh faltered in the last phase of their innings to end up getting 264 runs on the board. Jaspreet Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar took two wickets apiece while Jadhav’s spell turned the fortunes in favor of India as Bangladesh looked set to score well above 300 runs in the game.

It can be bigger than as defending champions India will take on Pakistan in the finals of ICC Champions Trophy on Sunday at The Oval, London.

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