ICC Champions Trophy 2017 at its penultimate episode brought forth the swelter for the second brawl of semis. Two nations like India and Bangladesh taking on each other in the soil of Edgebaston in itself is a huge battle to be remembered. And while it is a part of their championship penultimatum, both of them are eager to cash in their impetus for the triumphant denouement. India the side which was much expected to come through but on the other hand Bangladesh, a side where cricket craziness is probably at its peak, making it surprisingly to the Semi final in itself turned out to be victorious. Bricklane, in London, also referred to as Banglatown, has a host of people eager for their team to beat India. There would be real party on those very streets if the same happens.
Digging to the past World cup encounters between these two nations, one In 2015 World Cup and the other one in 2016 World T20, Bangladesh every time had been put to take the plunge in front of mighty India. But this time keeping their 2007 victory against India in mind, they are in no meed to see themselves as the small boys challenging the big ones.
Mashrafe Mortaza grooving into the same tone like other captains, believes the pressure to be on India in the semis as they (Bangladesh) have cropped themselves up in this tournament with a nothing to lose approach. This sort of approach in actual ways brought out the requisite attitude in his team members and riding through the same they have been growing steps by steps. Every victory counts as a bonus for them and they are successfully eyeing on to carry forward the confidence saving from their victorious endeavours in their successive games ahead. According to Mortaza, there has been an immensely commendable journey so far for his team and this sort of performance appeared to be possible for their collective change in approach of not dropping players to coaching methods. Keeping the biggest match of their lives in mind Mortaza added their players need to distance themselves from the outer world talks about rivalry in order to abound their goals.
Despite of seesawing in the middle of their championship quest to the Semi finals, Indian team is still riding through as the favourites. Their only lose against Sri Lanka is something Bangladesh would be looking to cash in. Taking the attack to India’s bowling onslaught opens its own way of disadvantages but Bangladesh coming in with a ‘nothing to lose’ attitude might just help them destroy India’s game plan like Sri Lanka did.
What to expect: Predictions are for clear weather. And a fresh pitch at Edgbaston promises to offer a lot to the batsmen.Team News:India: The combination that won against South Africa is something that has pleased the skipper Virat Kohli immensely. There are no injury concerns as well and there are no indications that suggest a change in their playing eleven.Probable XI: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah.
Bangladesh: They have mixed their combinations around a little in the previous games but Bangladesh too are likely to stick with a winning combination, barring any injuries ahead of the game.Probable XI: Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Imrul Kayes, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mashrafe Mortaza, Taskin Ahmed, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur RahmanStats and Trivia:– This will be Yuvraj Singh’s 300th ODI. He is set to become the fifth Indian after Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Mohammad Azharuddin and Sourav Ganguly to get to the milestone.– Yuvraj Singh’s strike rate of 87 is the fourth highest for any player after 299 ODIs, behind Wasim Akram, Sanath Jayasuriya and Shahid Afridi.– India have won three out of the four Champions Trophy semifinals they played. Their only loss came against West Indies in 1998.– Shikhar Dhawan (634) is 32 runs short of going past Sourav Ganguly’s (665) record for most runs for India in the Champions Trophy.– Shakib Al Hasan needs 32 more runs to become the second Bangladesh player to reach the milestone of 5000 runs in ODIs.Quotes:“His contribution to Indian cricket has been outstanding. He’s been a total match-winner for India, won us so many big tournaments and big series, and this is just a testimony to the kind of talent he possesses. You obviously need to have all those things in place to be able to play 300 games for India, and I congratulate him. I wish him all the very best, and hopefully he can play a lot more for us and get in those match-winning performances all over again, and I hope tomorrow is a special one for him – Virat Kohli on Yuvraj Singh as the latter gets set to play his 300th ODI.
“Look, it’s different who is respecting you and not. But as a team we are trying to improve our cricket. As a team the last two, three years we are changing things a lot, especially in the dressing rooms and into the ground. So we are trying our best – Mashrafe Mortaza on earning oppositions’ respect.