Champions Trophy: India need 265 runs to reach finals
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 16, 2017,
Jun 16, 2017, 5:31
Their turnabout has been magnificent. "We played some really good cricket but we're not going to take anything for granted for sure".
So it will be the unpredictable and risky Pakistan against the formidable, potent India on Sunday at The Oval. But you can't predict anything in this game. "We've seen some really surprising results and it has been unbelievable for the fans to watch and for the players to be a part of, as well".
"We just want to enjoy the finals and we deserve to be there". We've been playing good cricket.
Having ended Bangladesh's campaigns at the most recent World Cup and World Twenty20, India made it a hat-trick of triumphs in emphatic fashion in front of 24,340 fans - a one-day global record at Edgbaston - to set up a mouthwatering final showdown with fierce rivals Pakistan on Sunday.
India were positive from the outset of their response, reaching 63 without loss in the first 10 overs, and the departure of Shikhar Dhawan (46) with the score at 87 merely allowed Kohli to join in the fun with Sharma.
He said: "I think we could have had a big total, but when Tamim and Mushfiqur got out to a part-timer, it's always hard".
This is the first time that Pakistan have qualified for a Champions Trophy final.
What did the losing captain Mashrafe Mortaza say?
Following being asked to bat first, Bangladesh had a shaky start as Soumya Sarkar and Sabbir Rahman fell early for just 31 runs but then Tamim and Mushfiqur Rahim constructed a 123 runs partnership for third wicket. Bangladesh (Iqbal 70, Mortaza one for 29) by nine wickets.
The part-timer was introduced merely to stymie the run rate but he claimed the crucial scalps of both batsmen as Bangladesh stumbled from 154 for two at the end of the 28th over to 264 for seven. On the other hand, Virat Kohli knocked his 3rd half-century in this tournament and completed his 800 runs in ODIs.
They became the 4th team to earn 5 penalty runs in an ICC ODI tournament after Pakistan in the 2002 Champions Trophy and Kenya and South Africa in the 2007 World Cup. He admired the way Pakistani skipper Sarfraz Ahmed and his men played together as a unit, while answering to question in media talk.
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.
Hardik Pandya was introduced into the bowling attack in the 13th over with Bangladesh labouring for runs.