India vs Bangladesh ICC Champions Trophy semi-final: Virat Kohli’s men will take on Bangladesh on Thursday afternoon in Edgbaston, Birmingham with one eye on the final. If India does go on to win this game, it will be a dream India vs Pakistan final, that most fans were hoping for. The chances of it happening are more likely as there is a huge difference in quality between India and Bangladesh. However, it has been that kind of a tournament where nothing is certain – just ask England, who were sent packing by Pakistan, a side no one was taking seriously when the tournament started. So, Captain Virat Kohli’s team has every reason of not taking the opposition lightly and here are five of them:
1. Tournament of upsets
The first half of this year’s ICC Champions Trophy was hit by rain and just when it started to look a bit boring, tables turned. Bangladesh defeated New Zealand, Sri Lanka won against India and Pakistan sent South Africa packing and was once again at it by defeating hosts England in the first semi-final, in another major upset. That pattern is a good enough reason for India to not take Bangladesh lightly.
India has a very impressive record against Bangladesh but it hasn’t been invincible. The loss in the 2007 ODI World Cup marked a black day for Indian cricket and more recently, in June 2015, Bangladesh won 2-1 in a bilateral series. Even in last year’s T20 World Cup India managed to pull off a last ball win.
3. Problems in team selection
Picking the playing XI has been a tough task for Virat Kohli and Anil Kumble in this tournament. They started with the formula of 4 fast bowlers but had to bring back Ravichandran Ashwin after the loss against Sri Lanka. It will be interesting to see if the team management will stick with that combination.
4. Failure to take initial advantage
Even though Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan have given India good starts, the run-rate in first 10 overs has never been more than 5. Also, the bowlers have failed to pick wickets in the first few overs.
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5. Poor fielding
India’s fielding has been one of the biggest concerns in this tournament. Kedar Jadhav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have been guilty of dropping catches on multiple occasions while Yuvraj Singh is not looking the fittest anymore.