CT 2017 Ind vs Ban: Bangladesh posts solid 265-run target against India
Birmingham: Riding on the fine performances of Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim, Bangladesh has posted a 264-run total against defending champions India in the second semifinal game in Champions Trophy 2017 here on Thursday.
After being put to bat, Bangladesh faced an early departure of Soumya Sarkar who got out for a duck. Tamim Iqbal continued his brilliance with the bat and played 82-ball 70-run knock with seven fours and one six.
After the dismissal of Sabbir (19), Rahim and Tamim stitched 123-run stand.
Rahim was the second leading scorer for the side. His 61-run inning was studded with four fours.
Skipper Virat Kohli's gamble to bowl Jadhav after all-rounder Hardik Pandya was smashed all over the park, worked wonders for the team as the off-spinner managed to break the century stand between Tamim and Mushfiqur.
Jadhav, who was handed the ball for the first time in the tournament, deceived Tamim with a straight delivery which the southpaw failed to read and instead lost his leg stump while attempting a cross-bat stroke.
The wicket of the dangerous Tamim, who struck seven boundaries and a six, changed the complexion of the game, as Bangladesh failed to keep up the momentum from a comfortable 161/2 after 30 overs to muster 264/7 at the end.
Incoming batsman Shakib Al Hasan (15) fell cheaply to left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja before Jadhav once again struck with the crucial wicket of Rahim soon after.
Rahim, who had faced 85 balls by now and struck four boundaries, failed to clear midwicket where Kohli latched on to a comfortable catch.
Middle-order batsmen Mosaddek Hossain (15) and Mahmudullah (21) -- who was dropped on four by Ravichandran Ashwin -- failed to rise to the occasion. Both the batsmen were sent back by Bumrah in quick succession.
Thereafter, Bangladesh skipper Mashrafee Mortaza (30 not out) and tailender Taskin Ahmed (11 not out) put on a 35-run undefeated eighth-wicket stand to help the side reach 264.
For India, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Kedar Jadhav picked two-wicket each. Jadeja bagged one wicket.
Men in Blue need to chase down 264 runs to seal their berth in the finals of Champions Trophy against arch-rivals Pakistan.