Champions Trophy: India Decimate Bangladesh To Set Up Final Clash vs Pakistan

Sourav Ganguly (200 innings) and Sachin Tendulkar (210 innings) are now third and fourth in the list.Kohli, who came into the match with 88 needed to score 8000 runs, took a single off Sabbir Rahman to reach the milestone.

He also commented on the comeback by the green shirts after the awful defeat against the Champions Trophy in the group-stage matches.

In his media conference on Wednesday, Virat Kohli said there were "no guarantees" over the result despite India's plethora of big-game players, and Mashrafe feels the tag of favourites could hinder the defending champions.

While Bangladesh surprised themselves with a semi-final berth in the eight-team tournament, the energy levels were surprisingly low right from the start of the crunch game.

When Pakistan and India met in the competition's group stage, the latter nation won by 124 runs via the Duckworth-Lewis Method.

"The turnaround has been magnificent. Just keep playing the cricket we have been doing", said Kohli. We are the team that is trying to improve ourselves a lot.

"Even in conditions, which are not offering too much, they are bowling such lines that we can produce wicket-taking opportunities", he added.

Kohli's decision was vindicated as Jadhav removed both Tamim Iqbal (70) and Mushfiqur Rahim (61) during a tight spell by India's spinners but the captain admitted that Jadhav's two wickets were "a bonus". His figures of 2-22 off six overs were surprising given he is rarely used by India, having bowled just 30 overs and taken six wickets in 18 ODIs before this semifinal.

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"But Pakistan won't want India chasing, Virat Kohli chasing".

"We had another complete game". What should have been a total of over 300 ended up being 264, which is not a challenging one for the power-packed Indian batting line-up.

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

Dhawan actually laid the foundation with a brutal decimation of the Bangladeshi pacers.

Rohit 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.

"It was a great knock, especially when it comes on a winning note". But once part-timer Kedar Jadhav (2/22) went through the defences of Iqbal, the hopes of Bangladesh vanished in a jiffy.

Soumya Sarkar fell for a second-ball duck when he played on attempting a booming drive off Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Tamim now has four fifties from his last five innings.

Tamim struck a century against Australia and 95 versus England and provided India with similar frustration as he put up a stand of 123 with Mushfiqur. So we wanted to give him a bit of a break and cover up overs through Kedar and with one left-handed batsmen (Tamim), we knew that he had the ability to get in two, three, dot balls every over. He said, "Rohit has come back (post injury) and had a full IPL (Indian Premier League) season. You have to be stronger mentally in these type of games, but otherwise we did well".

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