Pakistan showed why it is called a mercurial side when it defeated England in the first semifinals of Champions Trophy 2017. Pakistan will now play either India or Bangladesh in the finals. This depends on the result of the match between India and Bangladesh in the second semifinals.
Bangladesh Batting Will Be The Key In Champions Trophy 2017 Semifinals
Opener Tamim Iqbal literally holds the key to Bangladesh success. He has already shown his prowess with the bat and it is clear that Indians will be targeting him from the very first ball. In a sense, this semifinal is a reminder of the way Bangladesh has played over the years. They have matured as a team and are moving up the ICC ladder. Bangladesh will remember the quarter final clash with India in World cup 2015 in which they were thrashed and treated with disdain. At the same time, India would remember how they managed to scrape through in their clash in World T20 in 2016. Considering various factors, India would be cautious in facing Bangladesh today in Champions Trophy 2017.
Indian Team Confident Of Win In Champions Trophy 2017
“You know, no one takes any opposition for granted, and Bangladesh have taken huge strides,” said Indian captain Virat Kohli. What this mean is that India will take this match seriously and treat it like the semifinal it is. As such, Bangladesh has proven their mettle in Champions Trophy 2017.
The team composition may see a tweak once again depending on the pitch and weather conditions. Bangladesh plays spin quite well and this may force India to go with three genuine pacers. Who will warm the bench is a matter of speculation. The Indian captain Virat Kohli likes to play Hardik Pandya and therefore unlikely to be kept out. Kedar Jadhav or R Ashwin will have to make room for the third pacer in the semifinals of Champions Trophy 2017.
Can Bangladesh Do A Pakistan In Champions Trophy 2017
This is the big question which is going through the minds of fans and cricketers alike. An upset is a likely possibly given the way the entire tournament has panned out. The fact that underdog Pakistan is already in the finals of Champions Trophy 2017 will play on the minds of both teams, Bangladesh in particular.