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India vs Pakistan Final, Champions Trophy 2017: Ranveer Singh Confident Virat Kohli & Boys Can Lift the Title

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: June 16, 2017, 1:53 PM IST
India vs Pakistan Final, Champions Trophy 2017: Ranveer Singh Confident Virat Kohli & Boys Can Lift the Title

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New Delhi: India thrashed Bangladesh in the semi-final of the Champions Trophy on Thursday and Bollywood star Ranveer Singh loved every moment of Virat Kohli and boys dominating the game at Edgbaston. An avid sports fan, Ranveer even took to Twitter to praise the team after they qualified for the final where they will face arch-rivals Pakistan on Sunday. Ranveer went on to add that the team was now one step away from lifting the trophy.

Taking to Twitter, Ranveer posted: “What a DOMINANT performance!✊🏾
Brilliant match, boys!👏🏾
One step away from glory!
COME ON INDIA! 🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳#INDvBAN.”

In fact, Ranveer was present at the ground when India beat Pakistan by a whopping 124 runs in their opening match of the tournament.

On Thursday, it was a classic case of the master giving a lesson to an upstart apprentice as India thrashed Bangladesh by 9-wickets to book a place in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy. The high flying Bangla Tigers were brought back to the ground as the 'Men in Blue' outclassed their opposition with both bat and ball.

The victory also means India will take on Pakistan in the final on Sunday at The Oval in London, in what would be a first meeting between the arch-rivals in the final of an ICC 50-over tournament. After their bowlers had restricted Bangladesh to a below par total of 264, the Indian top order of Rohit Sharma (123*), Shikhar Dhawan (46) and Virat Kohli (96*) made a mockery of the target, chasing it down with 59 balls to spare.

Bangladesh needed to put pressure on India by picking up early wickets but the old firm of Dhawan and Rohit didn't allow the opposition to make any in roads. Both batsmen attacked Mustafizur Rahman to defang the 'mystery' bowler early as runs came at a brisk pace for India. Dhawan launched an aggressive attack in the eighth over as he hit Taskin Ahmed for two boundaries and a six, as the Bangladeshi paceman was guilty of pitching the ball too short.

The duo, who are the most successful opening pair in the history of Champions Trophy, were all-set to put on another century stand until Dhawan had a brain snap. He walked down the pitch to Mashrafe Mortaza in search of a boundary that would take him to his fifty, but ended up getting a leading edge, which was caught at backward point, to depart for 46. India had lost their first wicket with 87 runs on the board and Bangladesh sniffed an opportunity. But Rohit Sharma, in the company of Indian captain Virat Kohli, ensured Bangladesh never had a chance. India chased the target down on the first delivery of the 41st over with Virat Kohli hitting the winning boundary.

Earlier, Bangladesh flattered to deceive in their innings as a 123-run third wicket stand between opener Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim put the Tigers in a position from where they could have easily notched up a total in excess of 300.
First Published: June 16, 2017, 1:52 PM IST

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