Can Bangladesh overhaul Indian challenge? - Match Preview

Mahmudullah will be a key player for Bangladesh
Mahmudullah will be a key player for Bangladesh
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2nd Semi-final - Bangladesh v India
15th June, 10:30 local, 09:30 GMT, Edgbaston

A confident Bangladesh unit will be up against the defending champions India in the second semi-final of the ICC Champions Trophy at Edgbaston on Thursday.

The win against New Zealand in their final group stage game clearly showed Bangladesh are no mere pushovers like the teams in the past. Yes, they did have a batting collapse against Australia and were saved by rain allowing them to gain a crucial point but they did stretch England in the opening game when they scored 305 runs and even in the game against New Zealand, they recovered from a position of 33 for four and completed the chase of 266 runs with unbeaten centuries from Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah.

The inclusion of Sabbir Rahman at number three did not pay dividends against New Zealand but is likely to continue once again with Mosaddek Hossain proving handy with the ball. The pace of Taskin Ahmed and variations of Mustafizur Rahman are sure to test the Indian batsmen but they will be hoping for a turnaround with the ball from Shakib. They will also be wary of the fact that they pushed the Indian team in their last two meetings in an ICC tournament - 2015 World Cup and 2016 World T20.

On the other hand, India are one of the in-form team in the tournament except during the encounter against Sri Lanka where they struggled to defend 322. In the must win game against South Africa, their fielding was instrumental as they effected three runs outs while Ravichandran Ashwin's inclusion provided them the much needed strength in the bowling that lacked with three seamers in operation. Hardik Pandya's role as an all-rounder has been a major boost to the side especially in English conditions while Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah specialise in new ball and death bowling respectively. '

Shikhar Dhawan has been the mainstay of Indian batting as he became the fastest to 1000 runs in Champions Trophy against South Africa while Rohit Sharma has provided him more than decent support. Virat Kohli will be a key player at number three but if India are to go a distance in the tournament, contributions from MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh is essential.For all your latest cricket betting odds for who is going to win this ICC Champions Trophy Semi - Final visit our cricket betting section.

Head to Head record:

Overall, both the teams have played 32 games between them with India winning 26 of it. However, post 2010, Bangladesh have won three and lost nine in the 13 encounters. This will also be the first time, both the teams will meet each other in the Champions Trophy apart from their warm-up face-off last month where the Indian bowlers were all over Bangladesh.

Road to Semi-Finals:

India registered wins over Pakistan and South Africa which allowed them to claim the top position in Group B despite a defeat to Sri Lanka while Bangladesh, greatly aided by the no result against Australia, defeated New Zealand to possess the second position in Group A.

Probable Team:

India: 1. Shikhar Dhawan, 2. Rohit Sharma, 3.Virat Kohli (captain), 4. Yuvraj Singh, 5. MS Dhoni (wk), 6. Kedar Jadhav, 7. Hardik Pandya, 8. Ravindra Jadeja, 9. Ravichandran Ashwin, 10. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 11. Jasprit Bumrah.

Bangladesh: 1. Tamim Iqbal, 2. Soumya Sarkar, 3. Sabbir Rahman, 4. Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 5. Shakib Al Hasan, 6. Mahmudullah, 7. Mosaddek Hossain, 8. Mashrafe Mortaza (captain), 9. Taskin Ahmed, 10. Rubel Hossain, 11. Mustafizur Rahman

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