Kohli unfazed by limited game time for India's middle order
Jun 17 2017 by Dustin Murphy
"At the start of the tournament I said that whatever we will achieve is going to be big and so we are very happy about where we are and the way we have played so far", he told reporters after the morning training session. Still, we lost, but those are things - the team was boosted up, and after that beating Pakistan and India and South Africa, yes, it was at home, but more respecting from us to beat those sort of teams wherever we played.
But Shakib Al Hasan (114) and Mahmudullah (102 not out) responded to the pressure of a dire position in a must-win game with a brilliant new Bangladesh record partnership of 224 that turned the match upside down and eventually saw New Zealand eliminated. Even though replays were inconclusive, the third umpire gave the decision in India's favour.
The victor of this game will march into the finals where they will meet Pakistan for the title clash.
India defeated Pakistan by 124 runs and South Africa by 8 wickets to book their spot in the semi-finals but lost to Sri Lanka by 7 wickets. "They are a good team but if we can beat them it will be a very good achievement for us", he said.
"Bangladesh have taken huge strides", said Kohli.
"What you see in Bangladesh right now is a growing confidence and enhanced game-awareness". They will have to take that form into the semis. This was Yuvraj Singh's 300th ODI. With a wicket-keeper like MS Dhoni and a fielder like Virat Kohli, even the quickest of batsmen will say a big "NO" to such a close-run. Tamim Iqbal is having some difficulty and he is the key man for both the sides for different reasons considering the supreme touch he has been in in the ongoing Champions Trophy. It was their first away victory against the Kiwis in 17 attempts.
England then beat Australia and let Bangladesh into the semifinal with the host. "It could be tough, but the truth is we will have to adjust to playing on it no matter what shape it is in". With 20 overs of the New Zealand innings remaining, they were 152 for 2 with Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson well set. At one level that's a really dismal performance and they will have to pull up their socks as we can not rely on the batsmen all the time. He's short at 5/2, but he's the best player.
Jasprit Bumrah struck late to remove Mahmadullah (21) and Mosaddek Hossain (15), but Mortaza's salvo that included five fours gave Bangladesh something to cling to.
Mustafizur, nicknamed "Fizz", vowed to do justice to his reputation in the semifinal. There is no end of learning.
In a group where only England exhibited any consistency, Bangladesh certainly enjoyed the rub of The Oval green, escaping with a point in a match dominated by Australia's bowlers.