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

Kohli unfazed by limited game time for India's middle order

Edgbaston will host Champions Trophy semifinal clash between India and Bangladesh today. Last two years, the team has improved a lot.

"They are a very risky side on their day and everyone realises that", he said.

Jugantor claimed that though there have been no reports of Bangladesh fans expressing their concern over Richard Kettleborough and Kumar Dharmasena, umpires for Thursday's semi-final, the 2015 World Cup incidents are fresh in their memories and everyone will be on guard watching it all on TV.

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Kohli and the current team has played a number of pressure games in ICC tournaments, but he said on a new day that will count for little. Though Bangladesh, on most occasions, have failed to zip past Team India, the intensity in the rivalry keeps on evolving.

Going by current form and the quality of players at its disposal, India would start as overwhelming favourites against their South Asian neighbours but one can't rule out Bangladesh who have a reputation of being giant killers at major ICC tournaments.

Catch live cricket score of India vs Bangladesh semi-final here.

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But Shakib Al Hasan (114) and Mahmudullah (102 not out) responded to the pressure of a dire position in a must-win game with a brilliant new Bangladesh record partnership of 224 that turned the match upside down and eventually saw New Zealand eliminated. "Bangladesh have taken huge strides".

"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". India won that match by 77 runs but lost the series 2-1. "It could be tough, but the truth is we will have to adjust to playing on it no matter what shape it is in". "We did prepare like we were going to play on a used wicket", said the former Ireland batsman. No one gave us a chance in 1996 (World Cup). "It happens sometimes in cricket, but we forget it".

"We're playing the first time in our life in a semi-final, so that is a fact, but also if it's pressure, I think India have got more pressure than us because the huge population is there, and people love cricket in India a lot", he said.

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