The ICC Champions Trophy 2017 so far

The ICC Champions Trophy 2017 so far

Even after the minor setback against Sri Lanka, India is dominating Group B with its splendid performance on the field. The hopes of ever cricket fan are soaring even higher after the win against South Africa on Sunday i.e. 11th June 2017. Let’s take a look at the game so far.

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Performance of team India

Team India’s perform in world tournaments especially in the recent decade has been well balanced. The notable wins being the World Cup victory of 2011 and ICC Champions Trophy of 2013. They plan their strategies and steadfast towards the championship wins. This tournament seems no different. Under the captainship of Virat Kohli the boys in blue are on their ‘A’ game since day one.

Ben Stokes proves his mettle

Ben Stokes proves his mettle

Ben Stokes salvaged England’s sagging performance in the chase against Australia and secured a position for his team in the tournament after successfully knocking out team Australia for good. The IPL star lived up to his high price tag, scoring a century- not out- ahead of captain Eoin Morgan’s 87.  The host captain and Stokes changed the course of the game owing to their partnership of 159.

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The titan that is Bangladesh

The titan that is Bangladesh

The once underdogs of cricket have displayed a champions’ run in the current ICC trophy knocking off another contending giant from the Trophy- New Zealand. Mahmudullah and Shakib Al Hasan lead an iconic 224 run partnership that paved the way to victory for team Bangladesh. As Australia failed to beat England on Saturday 10th June 2017 (thanks to the uprising lead by Stokes) Bangladesh now moves to the Semi-finals against India.

Top run makers

Along with staggering partnerships, the championship has seen some of the greatest batting talents. Among the top scorers is- India’s Shikhar Dhawan with 271 runs, out of which 125 were made while playing against Sri-Lanka. Followed by Kane Williamson with 244 runs and a high score of 100. Shadowing him is Tamim Iqbal at 223, Joe Root at 212 and Rohit Sharma at 181.

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The bowling line up

The bowlers too have displayed some phenomenal flair when it came down to taking those crucial wickets. Ironically it is Australia’s Josh Hazlewood who has the most deliveries to wicket ratio- chalking up to 9 wickets in a total 28 overs. England’s Liam Plunkett comes in at number 2 only to miss the number 1 position by 3 balls and one wicket. His total overs come to 27.3 with 8 wickets. Following him is Adil Rashid, Adam Milne and Imran Tahir.

It has been an exhilarating cricket experience this far and looking at the current brawl of the cricket mammoths the entertainment quotient of the semis and finals cannot be expected to be any different.

 

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