It will be the battle of neighbours in the second semi-final of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 as Group B winners India take on Group B runner-ups Bangladesh in the knock-out game at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Thursday.
Recently, India-Bangladesh matches in ICC tournaments have been high-voltage encounters and the semifinal is expected to go in line with the recent trend. Bangladesh are no more the punching bags of the ICC tournaments as they have shown against New Zealand and possess a potent attack which may disrupt India’s progress on its day. Let’s have a look at some key players for the game.
Key Players: India vs Bangladesh
Batsman: Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan is undoubtedly the man in form and we all know he has the capability of winning any game on his own once he gets going. The Indian opener is currently the highest scorer in the tournament and has recorded 50+ scores in each game.
Being a big match player, Dhawan will be an important cog in India’s wheel on Thursday. Captain Kohli would be expecting another power-packed performance from his star opener.
Bowler: Ravichandran Ashwin
Having shown the world and team management how important he is for the team to play well, Ashwin would be raring to go against the Bangladeshi line-up consisting of three left-handers in the top five of the batting order. His quota of 10 overs will be crucial in deciding the fate of the match and it will be interesting to see how skipper Kohli uses his most potent weapon.
All Rounder: Shakib-al-Hasan
The number one ranked all-rounder in ICC Rankings is definitely one of the best in his business and is equally capable with both bat and ball. After giving 10 economical and tight overs to his team, he also bats in the Top 5 making him a top asset for any team to have.
Coming on the back of a match-winning ton against New Zealand in the final group fixture, Shakib would be looking to set the record straight against the Indians in ICC tournaments. The world knows if he gets going, India will have a tough task in hand.
So, these are our top picks for the key players of the all-important game. Pick them in your fantasy team and give your team a chance to soar to peaks of the table.