BANGLADESH and India will face each other in the semi-final of the Champion's Trophy and the high voltage match will take place on June 15. India is far ahead of Bangladesh in ranking. But Bangladesh should not be ignored or underestimated in the light of its recent performances. Five players have formed the core of the Bangladesh team. Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Mashrafe Mortaza, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah play different roles in the team. In addition to leadership roles, they hold the batting and bowling together. Tamim and Mushfiqur had stepped up against England and Australia but there was greater pressure on Mahmudullah, Mashrafe, and Shakib ahead of the must-win match against New Zealand in Cardiff. They withstood the pressure and delivered a memorable win.
If Bangladesh can play sensible cricket and make fewer mistakes, it has a great possibility of winning the match. Let us wait and see how Bangladesh performs.
Mohammad Zonaed Emran
Working in a private bank