India's Virat Kohli wary of Bangladesh threat in semi-final

Ross Houston
June 15, 2017

As a outcome, his seamers were able to restrict strong batting lineups such as South Africa, Sri Lanka and England to paltry totals.

I don't want to think about the practice match against India. "If you take it as a semifinal, the pressure will be very hard, but if you think it's just another match, the pressure will come a lot easier", he concluded. "Now we are in the final", he said. Bangladesh are a top eight team and they are keen to win at this level.

But it has been a period in which Bangladesh cricket has witnessed epoch-making rise.

In his media conference on Wednesday, Virat Kohli said there were "no guarantees" over the result despite India's plethora of big-game players, and Mashrafe feels the tag of favourites could hinder the defending champions. Bangladesh have taken huge strides. "We are not really thinking about what's happened in the past or things that go on at the global level", Kohli said, setting the record straight. He pointed to self-belief as the key reason for his ability to stage quite a few comebacks into the Indian team.


"As we've seen, a lot of teams have surprised the opposition and we're certainly not taking anything for granted".

"It's a big frustration because I think we've played some great cricket in this tournament, and we weren't anywhere close to it today". Going to big games like this, we will be treating it like we treated our last game. "And I'm still trying to bowl well in these conditions", Mustafizur told reporters.

Existing Sky TV subscribers can also download Sky Go on iOS and Android smartphone and tablet devices, to watch the game on-the-go. With R Ashwin bowling well in the previous game, there is no apparent thinking over changes in the team combination.

During the high-pressure game against India, Sarfraz's captaincy was put to the sword.


India's top order were solid in group stage victories over Pakistan and South Africa, meaning the likes of Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav and Ravindra Jadeja have not really been tested apart from during the defeat by Sri Lanka.

"Be persistent, be consistent and focus on the process of the game", he said. Find us on Facebook too! However, with match-winning knocks of 81 not out against Pakistan and 76 not out against South Africa, the Indian captain leapfrogged both de Villiers and Warner to the No.1 rank.

They lost to them in a World Cup quarter-final two years ago and India were also the opponents when Bangladesh, needing two runs to win off three balls, somehow lost three wickets instead as they were beaten in Bangalore to be eliminated from last year's World Twenty20.


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