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India and Bangladesh renew rivalry at the ICC Champions Trophy

first_imgIndia lead Bangladesh 5-1 in the ICC events but Virat Kohli’s team will not underestimate the Tigers when the two sides renew their rivalry in the semi-finals of the ICC Champions Trophy in Birmingham on Thursday.India captain Kohli is not taking Bangladesh lightly given their opposition’s recent history in world cricket. The Mashrafe Mortaza-led side has improved dramatically over the past few years and are now one game away from reaching their first-ever final at an ICC event.They reached the quarter-final of the 2015 ICC World Cup for the first time and advanced to the semi-final of the ICC Champions Trophy this time.The mind games have begun and once Bangladesh have started it in an ugly way. An image has started circulating on social media (obviously from a Bangladesh fan) which shows a tiger draped in a Bangladesh flag pouncing on a dog wearing an India flag.Here’s a look at how India have performed against Bangladesh in ICC tournaments:2016 WORLD TWENTY20India pulled off a sensational last-ball win against Bangladesh in the 2016 ICC World Twenty20.Bangladesh had restricted India to 146/7 on a slow pitch and were cruising along in their chase before a late fightback by the hosts took the game down to the wire. With 11 needed off the last over bowled by Hardik Pandya, Mushfiqur Rahim clobbered two boundaries before holding out in the deep. In the very next ball, Mahumudullah played another rash shot, leaving the visitors to get two off two.Hardik Pandya held his nerves in the final over to bowl two top deliveries as India snatched ‘victory from the jaws of defeat.’advertisement2015 WORLD CUPFirst, centurion Rohit Sharma (137) got a reprieve on his individual score of 90 with the team total at 196 in the 40th over bowled by Rubel Hossain when a marginal ‘no-ball’ call went in favour of the Indian opener.Ian Gould was the umpire who adjudged Rubel’s full-toss as a waist high ‘no-ball’ with Rohit being holed out at deep mid-wicket boundary.However, the TV replays showed that it was a real touch-and-go situation which could have gone either way.Next, Shikhar Dhawan seemed to touch the boundary rope while taking a catch to dismiss in-form batsman Mohammad Mahmudullah for 21 in the 17th over. Even though replays were inconclusive, the third umpire gave the decision in India’s favour.India won that match by 109 runs while many Bangladesh fans burnt an effigy of Pakistani umpire Aleem Dar.2014 WORLD TWENTY20India maintained their dominance over Bangladesh once again when their outclassed the hosts by 8 wickets. Put into bat, Bangladesh were restricted to a paltry 138 for seven. In response, India overhauled the target in 18.3 overs thanks to quick fifties by Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma.2011 WORLD CUPBangladesh, who had knocked India out of the 2007 World Cup, had hoped for a repeat in the opening match of the 2011 World Cup. However, Virender Sehwag’s 175 and Virat Kohli’s 100 dashed their hopes of causing an upset.Put into bat, India toyed with Bangladesh bowlers to post a mammoth 370 for four in their 50 overs. In reply, India bowlers bowled with precision to restrict the hosts to 283 for nine and hand India a massive 87-run win.2009 WORLD TWENTY20India and Bangladesh faced off each other in their first-ever match at the World Twenty. However, India eased to a comfortable 25-run win with the help of Gautam Gambhir 50 and Pragyan Ojha 4/21.2007 WORLD CUPPlaying their first ever match against India at a World Cup, Bangladesh came out all guns blazing to beat India by seven wickets.Batting first India were bundled out for only 191 with Sourav Ganguly top scoring with 66. In reply, Bangladesh rode on Tamim Iqbal’s explosive 51 to down the mighty Indians.last_img read more

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India favourites to win the World Cup 2019: Mohammad Azharuddin

first_imgFormer skipper Mohammad Azharuddin described India as the favourites to lift the ODI World Cup, saying the team has very good bowlers who can win the quadrennial event, which gets underway in England on May 30.”We have a very good chance. We have a very good team. We have very good bowlers. A lot of people are saying if the wickets are favouring the bowlers, we will find it difficult. But even our bowlers can also get the opposition out. We have got world-class bowlers,” Azharuddin, who scored 6215 runs in 99 Tests and 9378 runs in 334 ODIs, said.”We have a very good team. I will be very disappointed if they don’t win,” he told PTI here.India’s fast bowling unit is led by Jasprit Bumrah, one of the world’s top bowlers in the ODI format also includes the likes of Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Hardik Pandya.Asked if he thought India were the favourites to win the Cup, he replied in the affirmative.”I think so. India, I think (India) are number one, second England, third Australia. Because, in cricket, you never know. Anything can happen. The team who plays well on a particular day always wins. There are going to be upsets also, but hopefully not with our team,” said Azharuddin.India will begin their campaign at the World Cup with a clash against South Africa on June 5 at Southampton.Also Read | Virat Kohli’s childhood coach says Pakistan stand no chance against India in World Cuplast_img read more

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