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Editor’s take: India - Bangladesh

Another smashing semi-final comes to an end, setting the way for what could only be one of the biggest finals the Champions Trophy has ever seen yet. If the ICC were worried about not enough ticket takers for the previous match, they can now rest in peace. Tickets will be sold for this one faster than one can say ‘Champions Trophy’.
So, the match. India - Bangladesh. It was a comprehensive win for India. There is no doubt about that. The quintessential chase led to the men in blue winning by nine wickets with almost ten overs to spare. You’d think the margin would get smaller as the tournament progresses.
When India walked in to bat, they had a decent total of 265. The good thing was that the openers were not complacent. They shouldn’t be either. Bangladesh made it to the semis and not by luck. India should be wary, no matter who the opponent is. It has been established that rankings and the past have nothing to do with the victory. The team that plays better that day wins. In Bangladesh’s defense,  I would not say that this was a low scoring match.
The Indian openers clicked. Rohit Sharma’s fantastic century, his partnership with Dhawan and then with Kohli ensured a smooth ride to the finals. It was a clinical display with the opening partnership becoming the second best partnership ever in the CT. The shots that were fired were truly world-class. Bangladesh tried various bowling options, sending anyone who could bowl, to attack. The Indians outclassed them.
The men in green held their own as well. Being sent to bat first by India, they scored 264. The run rate was pretty good and had they batted just a little better, the scoreboard could have crossed 300.
Despite it being such a flat wicket, the Indian Bowlers did really well in restricting the runs to less than 270. Full credit to them.
Blue was the colour of the day. And a date is set with the Other Greens on Sunday. Despite India playing a clean collective performance, with batting, bowling, and fielding hitting the mark, they know that they should not take it easy. They have a good match coming up.
The team that India met and defeated by 124 runs on June 4th, 2017 is not the same team that they will greet on June 18th.
India takes on arch-rivals Pakistan at the Oval, in London in the final of an ICC tournament. The Oval. It will be a thrilling clash. It is an all-important finale. You have two days to recuperate and get ready. With your fantasy lineup. Both teams are not likely to change their winning combination. Would you?

Indu

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