Kohli urges composure in final against Pakistan

India loves chasing, we saw that today.

"What I meant was that Sarfraz has become captain only recently and Miandad is a very big name in Pakistan cricket".

Despite starting with the fine run rate, Bangladesh's score run was restricted soon after the series of wickets has fallen from mere 150s. He scored a duck against New Zealand but returned to his brilliant self against India in the semifinal with 70.

Shakib's sumptuous 114 and Mahmudullah's masterly 102 in that wonderful 224-run fifth-wicket stand against New Zealand was Bangladesh's highest partnership for any wicket in ODI cricket.

Ganguly also praised India's collective performance on the field. The semifinal might have turned out to be a mismatch, but it could have been different had Tamim and Mushfiqur built on their century stand.

"Previously the boys weren't ready for a high-pressure game but after having beaten some of the top teams during the last few days they have are now much more confident", a team official told "The News" on Friday.

"I think the youngsters have been great. We have also been outplayed in the game [abandoned] against Australia", Shakib told reporters after Thursday's crushing semifinal defeat against India. "I can't risk lives of Pakistani players who are at their best". In that context Bangladesh still lack that mental maturity needed to transform from a lightweight to a heavyweight. Bringing Kedar Jadhav worked really well in the game and India came out as a victor. They badly lost against England; they were only four overs away from certain defeat before rain saved them against Australia. "We will have to improve in a lot of areas", Shakib observed. But we can't do that; we need assistance from the wicket. "Yes in the past it was like, India have a strong batting line-up but the fast bowling people would say India are not good enough to pick wickets but Indian fast bowling has just been superb", he said. "We haven't decided the playing XI (for the final)".

Rohit Sharma struck a handsome century along with Virat Kohli who scored 96 and took the team home comfortably in under 40 overs. No one gave us a hope when we got here. "When we do well we do it collectively but there are areas we still either have not learnt or can't do", the Tigers' vice-captain observed. The focus after tomorrow will definitely be the 2019 World Cup.

He said that Bangladesh have improved in terms of skill and technique. He said Gambhir was not the friendliest cricketer around and they wouldn't be sharing a coffee with anytime soon. "Moreover, I have been following the plans that he has given me and I have been pretty successful so far", he said.

"I am close to my goal and will try to maintain my title of top wicket-taker till the end of final", Hasan Ali said, adding that he was "not under pressure" against India in the Champions Trophy final.

MASHRAFE MORTAZA: No, actually I think we didn't bowl into the right areas, and when you don't bowl into the right areas, then the short ball doesn't affect.

  • Julie Sanders