India storm into the Champions Trophy finals; to defend title against Pakistan on June 18

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The semi-final match between India and Bangladesh has ended predictably as India controlled the match to win by 9 wickets. India will now be defending its Champions Trophy title against Pakistan in the finals to be held on June 18.

India won the toss and chose to bowl first at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground. With the initiative in the hands of Bangladesh, they opened the innings cautiously, choosing to build a partnership on singles and doubles rather than big runs. The partnership of Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim looked to threaten the Indian side, at one point building a run rate that would’ve seen Bangladesh score near 300. However, this was not to be as bowling spells from Kedhar Jadhav and Jasprit Bumrah sealed the game in India’s favour as both bowlers scalped two wickets each. It was the bowling rather than the fielding that restricted Bangladesh to a 264 score.

With a comfortable target to reach, India’s opening batsmen did not seem pressured. In a calm and collected manner, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan built a strong opening partnership. With Shikhar Dhawan being dismissed by Mortaza, Virat Kohli stepped up to see the match through. Both Kohli and Sharma delivered a measured performance to secure India’s win and place in the finals. Rohit Sharma picked up the Man of the Match for his 123 not out batting spell.

India now face a resurgent Pakistan and if past performances are anything to go by the June 18 match is certainly going to be a cracker.