Indian bowlers strategically take down Bangladesh and enter into the finals of Champions Trophy.
The India-Bangladesh semi-final of the Champions Trophy held on Thursday was definitely a nail-biting game in the beginning as Sabbir Rahman threatened to snatch away the early advantage from India after Soumya Sarkar's wicket in the first over. The one down batsman counter-attack was even being compared with Aravinda De Sliva's 1996 semi-final blitz at one point of time. With the perfect discipline of dismissing the full deliveries and converting the good length ones into full by stepping forward, he made runs all around wagon wheel.
As Indian bowlers realize the need for change in Bowling attack, Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled the first bouncer of the match, in the fifth over. Sabbir was beaten by pace as he ducked under it. In the next over, Jasprit Bumrah consistently bowled back of a length in the next over, cramping Tamim Iqbal for room for a maiden.
When Bangladesh was succumbed to this length and played 13 dot balls in a row, the next ball from Bhuvneshwar was an outswinger, back of a length and a tad wide. Sabbir, seemingly frustrated, was drawn into the cut and he hit it straight to point And that period between 4.5 to 6.5 overs in the Champions Trophy semi-final was a testament to the Indian bowlers' increased game intelligence.
However after the early struggle Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim held their nerve and added 103/0 at 6.86 per over from 12th to 27th over. The star bowler Ravichandran Ashwin and bankable Hardik pandya failing at the bowling department, Virat Kohli blotting part timer Kedar Jadhav who enticed Tamim (70) into a false shot in the 28th over.Six overs later, Ravindra Jadeja removed Shaikb Al Hasan and Jadhav sent back a set Mushfiqur (61) in the next over to derail Bangladesh.
With what seemed like a 300 to 310 Par score pitch indian discipline bowling finally reduced Bangladesh to a feasible total 264 runs.