India put on a display of composed and confident batting as they cruised into the final of the Champions Trophy with a nine-wicket victory over Bangladesh on Thursday, setting up a clash with old rivals Pakistan on Sunday.
A masterful unbeaten 123 from Rohit Sharma at Edgbaston steered the defending champions to victory with nearly 10 overs to spare after they were set a target of 265 by Bangladesh, playing in their first semi-final of a major tournament.
Sharma shared a 178-run partnership with Virat Kohli, who ended unbeaten on 96 as India dominated against a modest Bangladeshi bowling attack, which never managed to create any real pressure.
The Tigers will feel they failed to put up a big enough target but with their opponents completing the task with 59 balls remaining, it was hard to imagine a scenerio where India would have lost this game.
"It was another complete game. We needed to have a clean, collective game. We didn't expect to win by nine wickets, but that's the quality of our top order," said skipper Kohli.
Bangla middle order fails
Bangladesh’s Mushfiqur Rahim in action in the India v Bangladesh - 2017 ICC Champions Trophy semi-final at Edgbaston on Thursday, June 15, 2017. (Reuters)