India thrash Bangladesh to march ICC Champions Trophy final

The two nations met in the group stage of the tournament on June 4, and it was India who came out on top as they crushed Pakistan by 124 runs via the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method.

True to their unpredictable reputation, Pakistan have bounced back with three wins and stunned hosts England on Wednesday in the last four to seal their place in the showpiece encounter. "Wickets were honestly a bonus as Hardik went for a few in his first three".

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.

But Kohli's respect for the way Pakistan had hauled themselves off the canvas was evident.

"I can't say why they went after a part-timer".

He added: "The turnaround has been magnificent". They beat Pakistan in the final of the World Championship of Cricket in Melbourne in 1985, a tournament contested by the top seven ODI teams at the time. "You know, regardless of who you play in the finals, it's always going to be challenging because once you start thinking that it's a big game, then your mindset changes", the star batsman added. "The way we had been playing, Tamim and Mushfiqur, they get out [to a] part-time [spinner], it's always hard", he said. "We will have to work on it in the next game".

India cruised to victory, finishing on 265 for one with almost 10 overs to spare.

Rohit Sharma was declared the player of the match and he said, "It was a great knock, especially when it comes on a winning note".

India will once again contest the final of the ICC Champions trophy as they demolished Bangladesh by nine wickets in their semi-final at Edgbaston. "I think we need to be a little bit more ready to mentally to playing this sort of match".

Virat also said that Kedar Jadhav does not bowl much in the nets but he knows how to trouble the batsmen with his subtle changes in pace and length.

Bangladesh looked in good shape on 154-2 but lost Tamim Iqbal (70) and Mushfiqur Rahim (61) to Jadhav, an innocuous-looking bowler with an awkward and ungainly style. The wicket was easily one where 300-310 was par, and to restrict them to 260 was a good thing.

"Before this game I had six wickets and a lot of them are pure's not like I have been getting out bowlers", he insisted.

"He provides me with all the knowledge that he has", explained Jadhav of the input he had received from the former India captain.

  • Julie Sanders