Published: Thu, June 15, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Bangladesh Fearsome Team - Kohli


"As we've seen already in this tournament, a lot of teams have surprised the opposition and we're certainly not taking anything for granted". Thrill, excitement is normally upwards now.

There was a wide gap between the strength of the two teams, but now it is clearly reduced.

Talking ahead of Bangladesh's semi-final clash against India, he said, "These things are not expected and not in the control of players".

England won all three of their matches. "I think the best thing about Pakistan cricket is that we can bounce back from any performance", Azhar Ali said after Wednesday's outrageously one-sided win.

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It is learnt that the entire Bangladesh team was watching the England versus Australia game together. The credit must be given to their players, who play with great responsibility.

"They are a very risky side on their day and everyone realises that", he said. Everyone understands it. Surely, winning is not guaranteed against anyone.

The 27-year-old Zaman was the more destructive of the two, bringing up his second consecutive fifty off 49 balls, laced with six boundaries and a six off a bouncer from pacer Mark Wood in the very first over of the innings.

In the 2015 World Cup and in the 2016 World T20, they were knocked out after defeats to India. The left-arm quick took two for 53 and also starred with the bat, making an unbeaten 28 in a match-clinching unbroken stand of 75 with captain Sarfraz (61 not out) that clinched a three-wicket win.

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Bangladesh is playing in the semifinals for the first time at an ICC tournament and many are calling this the country's biggest ever cricket match.

Well, this edition of the ICC Champions Trophy has every reason to be called as an ICC Upsets Trophy, especially after England were humiliated at the hands of Pakistan in the first semi-final at Cardiff. Although India captain does not want to hold back memories, '24 months have passed.

"I don't know about [being] the role model, but it's a big achievement for me to finish 300 games in my career".

On paper, India are overwhelming favourites against the next door neighbours but in a game of glorious uncertainties, it will be foolhardy to count Bangladesh out of equation. Last two years, the team has improved a lot. Bangladeshi seamer Mashrafe Mortaza is the leading wicket taker with 20 wickets. They made South Africa's formidable batting dance to their tunes in what was an inspiring display of bowling and then held their nerves with the bat in a rain-affected match.

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The usually big-hitting all-rounder, fresh from his ODI best 102 not out in England's group stage win over Australia, was eventually deceived by Hasan's slower ball and skyed a catch to cover. "They showed a lot of composure and patience, and that is always a sign of a side that is mature now, that knows how to win matches from hard situations". In this, their attitude is understood. New Zealand Champions Trophy opener at this link, offering both a simultaneous live stream for subscribers and a free stream on a five-minute time delay.

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