India dished out a clinical performance to book a record fourth final appearance at the ICC Champions Trophy after sweeping aside Bangladesh in a one-sided affair in Edgbaston on Thursday. Powered by a measured century from Rohit Sharma (123*) and a brisk fifty from captain Virat Kohli (96*), India coasted to a nine-wicket win, chasing down 265 in 40.1 overs.

With this win, defending champions India set up a mouth-watering title clash with Pakistan on Sunday – a team they thrashed earlier in the league stage to kickstart their campaign.

The batting masterclass was preceded by a combined bowling effort that restricted Bangladesh to a below-par 264/7 after India opted to field first. Bhuvneshwar gave Bangladesh two early setbacks but Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim struck fifties each to lead the recovery. The Indian bowlers then made a comeback in the middle overs, thanks to a defining spell from part-timer Kedar Jadhav (2/22). They landed regular blows before Mashrafe Mortaza scored 25-ball 30 to a 250-plus total.

Bhuvneshwar fired India to an ideal start when he removed Soumya Sarkar for a duck in the first over of the innings and then deceived Sabbir Rehman with a slower one later on to give Bangladesh early jolts. Both the dismissals were more the batsmen’s faults who didn’t apply themselves properly. Sarkar dragged one back to be bowled while remaining rooted to the crease and Sabbir, who had shown aggressive intent with four fours to race to 19, ended up cutting a slower one straight to the point fielder. That brought the experienced pair of Tamim and Mushfiqur together and despite being tested early on, the duo went about their business as Kohli shuffled through his bowlers. Bangladesh were aided by some undisciplined bowling from Hardik Pandya who knocked over Tamim with a no-ball and then was hit for a four off the ensuing free-hit. As the grey clouds gathered over the park, Bangladesh went past 100 runs and Tamim carried his form in to the semi-finals logging yet another half-century.

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