Published: Fri, June 16, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

India beats Bangladesh to meet Pakistan in ICC Champions Trophy 2017 Final

So it will be the unpredictable and unsafe Pakistan against the formidable, potent India on Sunday at The Oval.

India captain Virat Kohli paid trubute to Pakistan's "magnificent turnaround" after his Champions Trophy title-holders booked a place in the final against their arch-rivals. This is the first time that Pakistan have qualified for the final of the Champions Trophy.

Kedar Jadhav developed a reputation as a partnership-breaker in India's series win over New Zealand at home previous year, and he delivered again on Thursday.

Virat said that when Hardik Pandya was leaking runs, Dhoni advised him that the regulars needed rest. "They have some experienced players, people like Kohli, Yuvraj, Dhoni, under pressure, terrific chasing", he said. "But I think we need to be a little bit more ready mentally for playing this sort of match", he said in the post-match press conference.

Bangladesh, batting first, were going well with Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim putting on 123 run partnership for the third wicket until Jadhav's innocuous looking off-spin turned the game. The weakest part of Bangladesh's performance was with the ball where, not only did they only pick up one wicket, but they failed to put any real pressure on India. "Obviously, we would have to plan a bit according to that, but I don't know if there's much that we need to change as a team", he said.

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Sharma's innings was virtually chanceless, a masterclass that featured nearly every stroke in the book.

Sharma shared an 87-run stand with Shikhar Dhawan before the left-hander sliced Mashrafe Mortaza to point for 46, his second-lowest score in nine Champions Trophy innings that also takes in the 2013 tournament. When you're coming onto the short ball, you know you're playing well. Mustafizur, arguably Bangladesh's top bowler, went for almost 9 per over in finishing with 53 runs off his six overs.

Soumya Sarkar (0) and Sabbir Rahman (19) departed early, but the experienced pair dug deep, played themselves in and then counterattacked to turn the tables on the men in blue. Kohli said that they will not change their mindset for the crucial final. Dhawan's departure in the 15th over brought Kohli and Sharma together.

"We could have scored 300 or 320, but once they got our two set batsman out, that was a big setback for us", Mortaza said.

Kohli added: "Kedar's spell was probably the difference in the game for us when we were bowling".

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