India thrash Bangladesh to face Pakistan in Champions Trophy final

You could say that given the way India batted and the way Bangladesh bowled, even that total may not have been enough. At the same time, there will be days, when you score a zero and still feel great as if you have won a game of cricket.

That's why the missed opportunity will hurt Bangladesh. One last hurdle, a big game against Pakistan. "We just want to enjoy the finals and we deserve to be there", the skipper said confidently.

I thought the bowling too was pretty average.

Kohli and Rohit managed to see the Indians to victory with a brilliant unbeaten partnership off 178 which saw Rohit register another hundred for his side, while Kohli finished four short of another century but that didn't matter as once again the Indians made it through to another major final. "We were in a situation in this game where we were controlling things, but like a few previous occasions we lost the momentum and never got it back", the captain observed.

Rohit, who ended on 123 not out from 129 balls, hit 15 fours and a six while his captain scored 13 fours en route to victory. Losing 4 key wickets quickly left Bangladesh scoring only 103 runs in their last 20 overs. Fans of Bangladesh had insulted the Indian Flag prior by creating memes which came under fire by the twitterattis who replied back by strongly condemning the action. It knows how to perform in these kinds of situation.

At Edgbaston, after the first five overs, the surface rolled out into a batting beauty.

16 wickets for Ravindra Jadeja in Champions Trophy, the most by an Indian. "We were on top then and could have got 330-340 easily".

"I know next time I think the boys will learn".

Bangladesh succumbed to the pressure it put on itself, but it is of course not all gloom and doom.

Shikhar Dhawan went past Sourav Ganguly to become the highest run-scorer for India in the Champions Trophy tournament.

This will surely send shockwaves down the spine of ICC, who have tried thier best over the years to keep a lid on matches getting fixed.

That is particularly the case given that the next Cricket World Cup is in England in 2019. I was trying to get a big one.

The stage is now set for a rip-roaring if unexpected finale to the tournament.

Taking a dig at Pakistan and Bangladesh, Sehwag called them beta and pota respectively, as both the nations were once a part of India. "We are not going to take anything granted for sure" he said.

I firmly believe India is far ahead of Pakistan. "That's how this game goes, and that's the beauty of this game", said Kohli when asked if Pakistan will be rattled by India's performance. Besides, the batsmen in the middle were Bangladesh's most experienced and in-form.

  • Julie Sanders