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Considered to be one of the underdogs in the tournament, Bangladesh have announced their arrival to the world cricket that they are not here for creating upsets rather they have a potential to beat one of the best teams in the world. Making it to their maiden semi-final of ICC Champions Trophy, Bangladesh hope to continue their dream run when they will face favourites India at Birmingham on Thursday, June 15.
In the last two years or so, Bangladesh have improved by leaps and bounds, which can be reflected upon their performance in the ongoing Champions Trophy. After enduring an eight-wicket defeat to England in the tournament openers, the Mashrafe Mortaza-led side has turned their fortunes around and made it through the group stage with a five-wicket win over New Zealand.
As a unit, Bangladesh team looks a lot more confident ahead of their semi-final clash against the defending champions India, who clinched massive victories against Pakistan and South Africa, while suffered a seven-wicket defeat to Sri Lanka. Facing a dwelling challenge ahead, captain Mortaza has said, “It’s a big thing for our cricket. It is an opportunity for us but I want to request everybody not to think we will go all the way to win the title.”
‘The Tigers’ came in with a win over New Zealand in the tri-series in Ireland. However, they didn’t get the start they were looking for. A century by Tamim Iqbal gave them a perfect start as they set England a target of 308. But, England rode on Joe Root’s hundred and fifties by Alex Hales and Eoin Morgan to deny them of two points.
In their second match against mighty Australia, rain played the spoilsport as the match was abandoned during Australia’s innings. Defending a mere total of 182, Australia were cruising towards an easy victory before the covers came out and the two teams had to share one point each.
With a lot to prove, Bangladesh came in with a do-or-die attitude against New Zealand. With their previous matches being washed out, both the teams needed a win to keep themselves alive in the tournament. Hoping, England to hold on Australia. Put to field, Mosaddek Hossain’s 3/13 helped them bundle out their opponents for 268. Chasing a modest total, Bangladesh’s top order was exposed by New Zealand seamer Tim Southee. However, an 115-ball 114 by Shakib Al Hasan and an unbeaten ton by Mahmudullah helped them cruise to a five-wicket win and keep them in the tournament.
With a lot to prove but nothing to lose, Bangladesh will take the field against the Virat Kohli-led Indian side and will hope of revenging their defeat to the Men in Blue in 2015 World Cup. It will be important to see whether they could hold on to their resistance against India’s bowling attack or they will manage to end India’s quest to defend their title which they won in 2013.