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Kedar is a smart guy, he knows where to pitch the ball and see what the wicket is offering: Kohli

virat kohli 111Edgbaston, Birmingham: A superb unbeaten century (123* off 129 balls) from Rohit Sharma and a scintillating knock of 96 off 78 balls from Virat Kohli helped India beat Bangladesh by nine wickets in the semi-final of ICC Champions Trophy at Edgbaston, Birmingham on Thursday. Now India will play Pakistan in the final on Sunday.

Ecstatic about the win, Indian skipper Virat Kohli said that it was display another complete game by his team. “We needed to have a clean, collective game. We didn't expect to win by nine wickets, but that's the quality of our top order.”

Talking about the fantastic bowling from Kedar Jadhav, Kohli said that he’s not a surprise package. “He's a smart guy, he knows where to pitch the ball and see what the wicket is offering. It could have been close to 300,” he said.

Talking about his batting the skipper said, “I wanted to give myself some time, 10-15 balls. Last time, we lost a wicket, so I had to adapt, I like those challenges. I grew in confidence. When you're coming onto the short ball, you know you're playing well. We're taking it as any other game, I know that's boring but that's our mindset. Never a worry when your middle order isn't batting too much. Everyone is hitting the ball magnificently in practice.”

Rohit Sharma, who was Man of the Match said: “It was a great knock, especially when it comes on a winning note. I was trying to get a big one. I could not get that in the last two games. I was quite determined today. The wicket was brilliant. I kept telling myself to bat as much as possible. We've been playing good cricket. Now there is one last hurdle, a big game against Pakistan.” 

Speaking about the form of Virat Kohli, Sharma said, “It felt like he was batting overnight. As a captain, he was brilliant."

Meanwhile, Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza said: “We could have scored 300, even 320, but our set batsmen getting out was a setback to us. Next time, we'll come back strongly. We need to learn. Skill-wise we're fine, but mentally we need to be stronger.”