IND vs BAN: India's time to roll for Finals

- Aatur Sharma   17-06-2017


India simply thrashed Bangladesh away making its way to ICC Champions Trophy’s finals. On Thursday’s semifinal match of tournament at Edgbaston, India got a smooth win against Bangladesh by 9 wickets making the whole country wait for the final match against Pakistan at The Oval. Last match with Pakistan was a sweet win for India without much efforts. But after losing from India, Pakistan has shown a marvelous play in its subsequent matches against Sri Lanka, and England in the semifinals making hard for the statisticians to predict Sunday’s match.

After India deciding to bowl first, Indian bowlers played their role well by making the form of Bangladeshi batsmen collapse and made Bangladesh settle for 264/7 after 50 over of bowling. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Kedar Jadhav made the trio of bowling, taking 2 wickets each. R. Jadeja joined them by taking 1 Bangladeshi batsman out of the field. After Tamim Iqbal (70) and Mushfiqur Rahim (61)’s powerful play and a partnership of 123 runs, it was Kedar Jadhav who took both of them out of India’s way. This trump card of India was Dhoni’s idea behind the captaincy of Virat Kohli, Jadhav proved to be the strongest card of bowling. Least Bangladeshi batsmen could was stand against India till last ball of the innings, which they did, even if individually none of them could stand against Indian bowlers for long.

Seeing the target of 265, it created a moderate pressure on the Indian skipper which was compensated by the confidence he has on his team and himself. It was just the first 3 men of blue it took to chase down the score posted by Bangladesh. Indian opener Rohit Sharma (123*) struck his 11th ODI century, stood unbeaten from first to the last ball of the match. Shikhar Dhawan(46) near to completing his half century was caught on the bowling of Mortaza in the 14th over, only to make way for the storm to enter the ground of Edgbaston. It was the one and only Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who came afterwards. This storm against Bangladesh was just more than to handle. Virat Kohli’s spectacular unbeaten inning of 96 runs. Kohli’s arrival gave Rohit Sharma more freedom. It was Shakib Al Hasan’s turn for some spanking as Mortaza rotated his bowlers without efforts. Bangladesh left no stone unturned to retrieve match but the ball was no more in their hand. A marvelous show of batting presented by the 178 – run - partnership of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli delighted the crowd with copybook drives on both sides of the wicket as the dhols and conch shells came out heralding the good omens. This sturdy batting concluded the match with Virat Kohli’s four in the 41st over of the match.

India’s fury in the semifinals was hard to tackle for any team, making all of Bangladeshi cards on the field useless against India. The center of gravity of sports world is now the India vs Pakistan match on Sunday at The Oval, being one of the most important matches of the cricket history. It’s a final match of India that too against its enemy of all times, just doubles the heat among masses. Indians have already made the image of Indian cricket team holding the Champions trophy for the 3rd time beating Pakistan to every inch of its play.