Taking to Instagram, Rohit posted a video where he is seen running with none other than opening partner Shikhar Dhawan’s son Zoravar in the hotel lobby and the opener says that the youngster prepared him for the game against the Bangla Tigers. The post reads: “Introducing my trainer Zoravar! Got me game ready for the semis 💪 🏃.”
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.
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First Published: June 16, 2017, 3:23 PM IST