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ICC Champions Trophy 2017, India vs Bangladesh semi-final: 5 key player battles

India will take on Bangladesh in the second semi-final of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 in Edgbaston. Ahead of this vital clash, here are some of the player clashes that could determine the course of this match

icc champions trophy 2017 Updated: Jun 15, 2017 09:13 IST
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Hindustan Times
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Virat Kohli’s India will be the favorites heading into the semi-final clash against Bangladesh in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 but they will not take Mashrafe Mortaza’s side lightly. (Photo by: Deepak Malik/ BCCI/ SPORTZPICS)

Virat Kohli’s India face a potentially tricky encounter against a determined Bangladesh side in the semi-final of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. This is the first time that India and Bangladesh will square off in this tournament and the winner will take on Pakistan in the final on Sunday.

Ahead of the key encounter, here are some of the key player clashes that could determine the course of the match in Edgbaston.

Mustafizur Rahman has gotten Rohit Sharma out three times during the ODI series in June 2015. ( Hindustan Times )

Rohit Sharma v Mustafizur Rahman

The opener might be in a good nick of late with scores of 91, 78 and 12 so far in the tournament, but he wouldn’t be a comfortable man while facing the young fast bowler. Mustafizur Rahman, who made his debut against India in a three-match series in 2015, has dismissed the opener on all three occasions during the series.

Tamim Iqbal has been in marvellous form but Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been the pick of the Indian bowlers. ( Hindustan Times )

Tamim Iqbal v Bhuvneshwar Kumar

An interesting contest will be on the cards between these two as Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been pretty consistent with the ball of late as has been Tamim. While Tamim has been dismissed by seamers on four occasions of his last 10 ODI outings, Bhuvneshwar has been impressive against southpaws in the Champions Trophy with three of his four victims being left-handers.

Rubel Hossain and Virat Kohli have had some heated clashes dating back to their U-19 days ( Hindustan Times )

Virat Kohli v Rubel Hossain

The brawl between the two at the 2015 World Cup wasn’t the first time and wasn’t certainly the last time ever. The two have a heated affair and according to Hossain, it dates back to their U-19 days. While Kohli averages a staggering 69.75 against Bangladesh, Hossain has also managed to dismiss Kohli twice in the 10 matches the batsman has played against his side.

Shakib Al Hasan is a proven match-winner for Bangladesh but Jasprit Bumrah has been India’s trump card in the bowling. ( Hindustan Times )

Shakib Al Hasan v Jasprit Bumrah

The two haven’t ever met before in an international match and it might turn out to be an exciting contest between the experienced all-rounder and India’s new-found specialist in the death overs. Although Shakib is a much more accomplished bowler than his batting credentials, but more often than not, he has had to hold fort and guide his side home after a dismal show from the top-order.

Shikhar Dhawan is the leading run-getter in this tournament and has been in great form against Bangladesh. ( Hindustan Times )

Shikhar Dhawan v Mashrafe Mortaza

The left-handed batsman is in a scintillating form in the ongoing Champions Trophy and is currently the highest run-getter with 271 runs to his name. On Thursday, he might get on song as well against The Tigers, against whom he has scored half-centuries in their previous two encounters. Captain Mortaza has to find a way to to send him back soon in order to provide Bangladesh a good start upfront.

First Published: Jun 15, 2017 09:10 IST