2017 ICC Champions Trophy: India Vs Bangladesh – Match Prediction
A strong force to reckon in all departments, India has made its way yet again into the semi-finals of an ICC event (2017 ICC Champions Trophy), after routing ranked No. 1 South Africa by eight wickets to spare in the virtual quarterfinal, which further witnessed calamitous run-outs, as many as three – to jolt the Proteas side, as the all-round performance from Men in Blue made a resounding statement – to defend the coveted title in the United Kingdom.
Interestingly, the three teams are from Asia out of four which have had qualified for the eighth edition of the multilateral event, as the die-hard fans are excited to watch their respective sides coming good in the mega event which further saw hosts, England breaking into the last four by winning all its Group A fixtures comprehensively.
Coming to the resurgent Bangladesh team, which has shown a remarkable improvement since 2015 World Cup by springing a couple of surprises to cement their best sixth spot in the ICC One-day International rankings that has further witnessed a significant role from the seniors in the team – to lift up the spirit and the dynamic youngsters had played a pivotal role in the side when it came to the 50-over format.
While talking about Bangladesh’s road to the semi-finals, it was the all-rounder Ben Stokes, who registered his significant century to beat Australia and eventually help the Tigers to make it to their last-four spot in an ICC event.
Brimming with confidence, Bangladesh would be aiming to continue from where they left against New Zealand after losing quick wickets at the top which saw Mahmudullah Riyad and Shakib-Al-Hasan registered blistering centuries to give their side a convincing win by five wickets when they chased down the target in 47.2 overs.
Following the two comprehensive wins in three Group B matches, India was jolted by Sri Lanka when they chased down the 300-plus target with an ease. Moreover, India has shown a remarkable return while learning from their mistake against Lankans, which witnessed a moment of brilliance in the field in the game which followed against South Africa.
In their do-or-die clash, it was the all-round show that kept India on top, as the Proteas faltered again at the big stage after a solid opening stand between Quinton de Kock and senior campaigner Hashim Amla.
India is riding high on confidence following a consistent performance, as the top order has been doing their job with much ease while bringing stability which has further helped the bowlers in general.
However, Shikhar Dhawan has been a promising prospect with the bat and he particularly becomes a nightmare for the opposition when it comes to the ICC event like Champions Trophy. Elegant stroke-maker Dhawan is currently the leading run-scorer with 271 runs at the whopping average of 90.33, as he registered two fifties and a century against Sri Lanka.
On the other side, for Bangladesh, the left-handed batsman Tamim Iqbal has been among the bulk of runs. He is placed at number three with 223 runs at an average of 74. Bangladesh has the capability to cause an upset, as formidable India is wary of the situation and they’re having a quality and gruelling practice session in Edgbaston to get better off the Tigers.
However, talking about Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, they are important for the India at the top to play a crucial role against a side which can’t be written of straightaway which further saw skipper leading from the front after registering a duck against Sri Lanka.
Coming to the squad, India has quality batsmen and bowlers, who could cause trouble to Bangladesh early on. India has been bolstered in the batting line-up with Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni as well which further is laced with Hardik Pandya, who’s late-order blitz can change the complexion of the game in a short time.
Two key slow bowlers Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have an important role to play in the middle overs and in similar fashion, Shakib Al Hasan has a job to cut out alongside rookie left-arm fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman.
If we go by the stats and records in the recent past, India is the clear favourites for the second semi-final, but at the same time, one can’t write-off Bangladesh, a side which could highly likely give a fight to in-form India.
With India having a far better and balanced side at the helm they would emerge as victorious in the highly anticipated clash. As the tournament has witnessed batsmen enjoying the favourable conditions if Bangladesh bat first they could post around 265 on the board whereas, India could register 320-plus on the flat surface.
We’re expecting team batting second would register a win.
Tahir Ibn Manzoor
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