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A view of Edgbaston Cricket Ground during India vs Bangladesh, semi-final 2 of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 on Thursday © Getty Images

Defending champions India continued their splendid run, as they beat Bangladesh convincingly by nine wickets in the semi-final 2 of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Thursday. The win ensured their spot in the final, where they take on arch-rivals Pakistan, at The Oval in London on Sunday. Bangladesh, who were playing the semi-final of any ODI tournament for the first time, succumbed to the pressure for the champions as they just could not break the strong Indian batting, while India batted out comfortably, as they managed to lose just a wicket, as they cruised into the final for the fourth time. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs Bangladesh, ICC Champions Trophy 2017 – Semi-Final 2 at Edgbaston

Rohit Sharma’s unbeaten century sealed India’s place in a Champions Trophy final against arch-rivals Pakistan after the title-holders thrashed Bangladesh by nine wickets at Edgbaston on Thursday. Bangladesh’s total of 264 for seven never looked like being enough and was duly made to look inadequate by India’s powerful top-order. Sharma and fellow opener Shikhar Dhawan (46) put on 87 before Sharma (123 not out) and India captain Virat Kohli (96 not out) completed the job with nearly 10 overs to spare. Their unbroken partnership of 178 delighted the huge India contingent in a crowd of 24,340 — a record for a one-day international at Edgbaston. FULL CRICKET UPDATES: India vs Bangladesh, ICC Champions Trophy 2017 – Semi-Final 2 at Edgbaston

“Hopefully our two openers can give us a solid base in the final,” Kohli told Sky Sports. “We have to take the mindset that it’s just another game into the final, even though I know that sounds boring. You have to keep your composure and I’m confident my guys will deliver.”

(With inputs from AFP)