ICC Champions Trophy 2017, India strike in first over

Solenn Plantier
Juin 15, 2017

Earlier previous year, a picture of Bangladesh's right-arm pacer Taskin Ahmed carrying the severed head of the Indian limited-overs captain MS Dhoni had gone viral over social media.

But it has been a period in which Bangladesh cricket has witnessed epoch-making rise.

These days, players like Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah and Mortaza are established names even to the average cricket fan - and icons to kids in Bangladesh.

Both captains appeared eager to showcase how the cricketers are unaffected by all the conspiracy theories and bad blood that have raged since that World Cup game. Progress was sealed when Australia lost to England in Birmingham the following day. They have really improved and it's a tribute to their set-up and the kind of players they have now. It's a getaway from all the worries of poverty, unemployment and other teething issues.

"I think if Bangladesh can play in a planned manner, there is no reason to lose to India", Islam, who scored 145 runs in Bangladesh's inaugural Test against India in 2000, said.

They still believe that Rohit Sharma was out as Rubel Hossain bowled a perfectly legal delivery. With two runs required off three balls to knock India out of the World T20, Bangladesh's hara-kiri left them and their fans in dismay and tears. Viewers can catch the live streaming of the match on Hotstar.

Defying all odds, Bangladesh has reached the semi-finals despite losing their opening match to England.

Bangladesh though will be anxious about their bowlers' form.

The 28-year-old Indian, who is ahead of Warner by just one point, had enjoyed just four days at the top in January 2017, but will now be aiming to do better when he faces Bangladesh in the second semi-final at Edgbaston on Thursday.

Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar have opened the innings for Bangladesh.

"I think India have got more pressure than us because the huge population is there, and people love cricket in India a lot". Besides the openers, Kohli, Yuvraj Singh and Mahendra Singh Dhoni have been in good nick and have the capability to snatch the match away from Bangladesh on their own with individual performances.

When it comes to bowling, none of the Indian bowlers featured in Top 10 with Bhuvnesh Kumar claiming the joint 23rd spot.

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