The C Times, 14 June 2017, Agartala: Defending champions India will take on Bangladesh in the second semi-final match of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 at Edgbaston in Birmingham. Group A top team India has progressed leaving behind Australia and New Zealand.
Bangladesh, who will play their first semi-final of the Champions Trophy 2017 on Thursday against defending, champions India, bowl-shaped comes with a strong performance against New Zealand.
On the other hand, India, after defeating Pakistan by 124 runs, has lost against Sri Lanka and that upset their campaign. But captain Kohli side comes back with a fine in a do-or-die match against South Africa by eight wickets win with four points.
When Bangladesh and India will play their semi-final of the Champions Trophy on Thursday, it might be the blessing of a new Asian cricket rivalry.
According to the Bangladesh media reports, Mortaza was sent to his family home a later week and other players were busy for their shopping in expectation of flying back.
The 33-year-old Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza said that the team have to perform aside pressure so that they can play with a “free mind” against defending champion.
Bangladesh team got the anger over umpire decisions when they lost the World Cup T20 quarter-final match by one run in 2015 against India. Bangladesh has defeated India at home in a three-match One-day series including Pakistan and South Africa in one-day series.
Former Sri Lanka skipper Kumar Sangakkara said ahead of the match that Bangladesh is “a very hungry and talented bunch of players. What you see in Bangladesh right now are growing confidence and enhanced game-awareness. It is learning how to win matches and that makes it very dangerous opponents.”
Bangladesh chief selector Minhajul Abedin said that “We did not win a match in New Zealand but we played well there. We created chances in all our matches.”
Minhajul said about the match against Australia, which rain washed out the match. “You could argue about the luck it we would have played badly. But we won a match while Australia and New Zealand failed to do so. Even to utilise the luck you need some base.”
He added, “The cricket we are playing, we deserve to be in the semis. We played well against New Zealand, we made 300-plus against England but Australia failed to do so in the same ground against the same opponents.”
Bangladesh squad: Mashrafe Mortaza (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahaman, Mahmudullah Riyadh, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahaman, Taskin Ahmed, Mehedi Hossain Miraz, Mossadek Hossain, Sunzamul Islam, Shafiul Islam.
India Squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin, Dinesh Karthik, Mohammed Shami.