Champions Trophy 2017: India aim to dominate Bangladesh in semifinal

India though, went on to win the game by 109 runs. A victory for India will be par for the course for which they won't possibly get the credit that one gets for beating Australia, South Africa or England.

"We always believe that our pacers can do well against India".

The former Bangladesh captain will only be eligible to play global cricket from 2018 and he remembered their famous win over Australia in Cardiff where he scored a century against the likes of veteran Glenn McGrath and Jason Gillespie in 2005. Add a charged-up Bangladesh side, desperate to show the world that they are now a real force, and this game gets a lot more complicated.

All of that might be true, but Bangladesh fans will need to hold up their end of the argument - and that is where this article comes in. The literal translation of which is, "Brother, it will be a good game". It was written for the optimistic Bangladesh fan.

"For us this is our first semifinal and we are more than happy". Well we have and I am.

India is set to face Bangladesh in the semi-final of the Champions Trophy today in a bid to defend their title.

"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. Even in the warm-up game leading up to the tournament, India defeated Bangladesh by a huge margin but anything this tournament has taught us is that you can not judge a team by its reputation and current form. We're starting on time (10:30 BST), too. The bowling attack will look to continue the good work from the South African game and bowl out the Bangladeshis. It's like mini World Cup. They will be looking to beat the Bangladeshis and a loss would be inexcusable at this juncture. But we won a match while Australia and New Zealand failed to do so.

We lost by a single run.

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. India take us on as we find our form.

"Aar ektu upare jete chai (having come all the way, we badly don't want to miss out on a final spot now)", Bashar, who led Bangladesh to their epic 2007 World Cup win over India at Port of Spain, told PTI from Dhaka.

As for the weather gods tomorrow, they will stay far away from Edgbaston giving both India and Bangladesh a full-fledged clash. The 2017 edition of the Champions Trophy has been exciting and surprising to say the least.

Bangladesh's performance has been impeccable this time as they reached their maiden semi-final in this tournament.

  • Julie Sanders