Edgbaston, June 16: Be ready guys for the dream final between India and Pakistan in ICC Champions Trophy. Notably, Defending champions India crushed Bangladesh in semi-final knock on Thursday by nine wickets at Edgbaston. An unbeaten century by Rohit Sharma, and a brilliant knock of 96 by Virat Kohli yesterday set up yet another clash against arch-rivals Pakistan on Sunday.
Chasing Bangladesh's decent total of 265 run target, India, riding on Rohit Sharma's 123 and skipper Virat Kohli's 96 of 78 balls, met the target with 59 balls to spare. Shikhar Dhawan's 46 off 34 balls set the tone before getting dismissed by Mashrafe Mortaza.
Later, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli's unbroken partnership of 178 delighted the huge India contingent which is a record for a one-day international at Edgbaston. It is India fourth final appearance in the ICC Championship Trophy.
Earlier, sent into bat, Bangladesh put on a fighting total of 264 on board losing 7 wickets in its maiden semifinal appearance in the tournament. Tamim Iqbal, 70 and Mushfiqur Rahim 61 put on a magnificent 123-run stand for the third wicket to give Bangladesh a formidable start.
Yet the real Indian hero of this match was part-time spinner Kedar Jadhav, who dismissed both of Bangladesh's top-scorers Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim in a spell of two for 22 in six overs, when it looked that Bangladesh may put up a grand score of over 300 runs.
Rohit Sharma was adjudged the Man of the Match. Virat Kohli became the quickest player to touch the 8000-run mark in the One Day International. Now, India will face Pakistan in the final on Sunday at Oval in London. It is just the second time the Asian giants will be meeting in the final of a major ICC tournament.