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Motivated Tigers look to pass India hurdle

  • Published at 12:21 am June 15th, 2017
Motivated Tigers look to pass India hurdle
Indian cricketer Dinesh Karthik was looking at Bangladesh players, who were having fun during their warm-up session, when he was heading towards the dressing room after completing a TV interview at Edgbaston on Wednesday. On the other hand, well known TV commentator Harsha Bhogle had just finished recording his show where he mainly focused on the rise of the Bangladesh team and the possible threats that the Indian side are expected to face when they meet each other on Thursday in the semi-finals of the 2017 Champions Trophy. The perception has changed a lot in recent times. Previously, it was the Bangladesh cricketers who used to watch the players of the opponent side, observing what they were doing and how they prepare before a game. How times have changed. From the defeat in the 2015 World Cup quarter-final in Melbourne where poor umpiring attracted all the headlines to the early celebration from Mushfiqur Rahim in their heart-breaking one-run loss in the World T20 in Bangalore last year, Bangladesh have learned a lot. And it's time to implement what they have learned over the last couple of years when they tackle India on Thursday. [caption id="attachment_69226" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Bangladesh head coach Chandika Hathurusingha consults with captain Mashrafe bin Mortaza DHAKA TRIBUNE[/caption] Shakib al Hasan and Mahmudullah’s match-winning 224-run stand for the fifth wicket against New Zealand has lifted the confidence of the team but then again, they have to start from scratch on Thursday. The top-order needs to fire, including the in-form Tamim Iqbal, who struck a century and a 95 but fell for a duck in the previous game. He will once again play a key role, alongside Soumya Sarkar, who is yet to blossom in the tournament. Sabbir Rahman is likely to play at No 3 and has the job in hand to counter-attack the opponent right from the word go. But seniors like Mushfiqur Rahim, who had had a quiet tournament apart from a 70-odd against England in the first game, have to rise yet again in the big occasion. The team management is likely to go with the same combination that got the better of New Zealand, with four pacers. However, the poor batting display in the warm-up game against Virat Kohli’s team India where the Tigers were bundled out for just 84 will remain in the back of the mind of the Bangladesh players. The pitch is expected to offer a lot of runs, but there will be something for the bowlers. India's Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya will look to cause trouble with the new ball while Ravichandran Ashwin’s return to the playing XI will also strengthen the bowling attack. India's batting line-up, in contrast, is filled with run-machines in the form of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, skipper Kohli and Yuvraj Singh, who will be playing his 300th ODI on Thursday. It will be a big test for the Tigers, especially the bowlers, who will surely feel the heat. With that said, India will also face a lot of pressure, none more so from their fans back home. All in all, it promises to be a blockbuster encounter and it goes without saying that the two nations will be glued to their TV sets on Thursday. Head-to-head Matches 32 India wins 26 Bangladesh wins 5 No result 1 Most runs Mushfiqur Rahim (517) and Gautam Gambhir (592) Highest score Mushfiq (117) and Virender Sehwag (175) Most wickets Mashrafe bin Mortaza (20) and Ajit Agarkar (16) Best bowling Mustafizur Rahman (6/43) and Stuart Binny (6/4)
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