Bangladesh have posted 264/7 runs in 50 overs against India in the second semi-final of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 at Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Birmingham. A collapse in the middle overs has put the Tigers under pressure.
India sent Bangladesh to bat first after winning the toss. After a 10-minute delayed start, Bhuvneshwar Kumar dismissed Soumya Sarkar for a duck in the first over. Sabbir Rahman got a good start but threw it away scoring 19 off 21.
Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim were the saviours for Bangladesh again. They put on a century partnership for the second time in the tournament. The pair added 123 runs for the fourth wicket. Both batsmen scored half-centuries.
Indian captain Virat Kohli played a gamble bringing part-time off-spinner Kedar Jadhav in. He bowled Tamim in the 28th over. Tamim scored 70 runs off 82 deliveries hitting 7 fours and a six. It was his third 50+ score in this Champions Trophy.
Shakib Al Hasan could not get himself going. On 15, he nicked Ravindra Jadeja to MS Dhoni by trying to cut the ball. Kedar dismissed Mushfiqur too, who hit a full toss straight into Kohli’s hands. He left scoring 85-ball 61 with 4 fours.
The pressure was back on Bangladesh with thse quick dismissals. Mahmudullah Riyad and Mosaddek Hossain tried to accelerate but Mosaddek fell scoring 15 runs. A 300+ total was looking quite impossible. Mahmudullah scored 21 off 25.
Bhuvneshwar, Bumrah and Kedar took two wickets each. Bangladesh put a modest 264/7 on board.
Bangladesh 264/7 in 50 overs (Tamim 70, Mushfiqur 61; Kedar 2/22, Bumrah 2/40)
India need 265 runs to win
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com