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ICC Champions Trophy: Mustafizur Rahman hoping his off-cutters come good vs India

India will take on Bangladesh in the second ICC Champions Trophy 2017 semi-final at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Thursday.

icc champions trophy 2017 Updated: Jun 13, 2017 11:09 IST
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Bangladesh's Mustafizur Rahman will bowl against India in the ICC Champions Trophy semi-final in Birmingham on Thursday.(AFP)

Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman is hoping his off-cutters, which are not working in England as much they used to at home, come good against India in the ICC Champions Trophy semi-final here on Thursday.

According to a report in Bangladesh newspaper Daily Star on Tuesday, the 21-year old left-arm fast bowler said he is ruffled a bit by the fact that his famed off-cutters are not coming good here and that he is working hard on it.

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It was Rahman’s off-cutters that did the trick against India two years back when he bagged five-wicket hauls in two consecutive matches rattling the Indian batting order.

Rahman has so far got only one wicket from three matches in the Champions Trophy. Meanwhile, Bangladesh players looked very relaxed on Monday ahead of their first semi-final in an ICC event.

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According to the paper, some headed for shopping while others returned after doing a gym session. It was an optional day for practice and only the bowlers turned up to have some fitness drills at the ground.

At home in Dhaka, excitement is reaching a crescendo as fans have started planning where they will catch the action on Thursday and the city is also decking up for that.

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Bangladesh, led by Mashrafe Mortaza, defied all odds to make it to the last-four stage after beating New Zealand and then seeing England get past Australia in Group A.

First Published: Jun 13, 2017 11:03 IST