India set to be unchanged for Champions Trophy semifinals

Bangladesh and India have met 32 times, and India has lost only on five occasions.

In the first encounter between India and Bangladesh, the Indian cricket team under the captaincy of Dilip Vengsarkar had crushed the opponents by nine wickets in a one-sided game.

"It is our first time in our life in a semi-final; that is a fact", he said.

"We know Kedar and Hardik are playing really well at the moment so we are not bothered at all". They are a bad party in their day.

After a surprise group defeat by Sri Lanka in a tournament featuring the world's top eight one-day worldwide sides, India responded to the pressure of a "must-win" clash against South Africa with a commanding eight-wicket victory over the top-ranked Proteas at the Oval last weekend - a match where Kohli's unbeaten 76 helped him regain first place in the ODI batting rankings.

So far, India have played a total of 13 semifinals in ICC events, and have come out victorious in eight of them.

Yuvraj Singh, who is in line for his 300th one-day worldwide appearance on Thursday, and MS Dhoni are the two Indian cricketers in the current set-up to lose that day, with Tamim Iqbal, Mashrafe, Shakib-al-Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim still going strong for Bangladesh as experienced architects of their rise up the global ladder over the past two years. Over the last two or three years, we've changed a lot, especially in the dressing rooms. As India and Bangladesh were about to square off in an Asia Cup final past year, a photo of Taskin Ahmed holding MS Dhoni's head went viral.

Watch Bangladesh take on India in the second ICC Champions Trophy semi-final, live on Sky Sports 2 on Thursday from 10am.

For Bangladesh, get to India's middle order as quickly as possible. Both Shakib and Mahmudullah scored tons and stitched together a record 224-run stand to take their team over the line. There have been accusations raging in the aftermath of Bangladesh's last two defeats even from those heading the Board of India's power. You will also have to win these sorts of games if you want to go up the ladder. We're not going to go according to past results and what we've done in the past tournaments.

"We played very well". We should have a good game of cricket.

The former stylish batsman said the extra ordinary performance of Pak team to breeze into the final of the Champions trophy has showed that Pakistan is rich in cricket talent and new players have the potential to fill the void. From 33/4 we could win against the Kiwis.

India and Pakistan had earlier fought in the final of the World T20 in South Africa in 2007. The ad, which targeted Indian cricketers read: "We have used it".

  • Julie Sanders