Bangladesh v India semi-final

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Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli has promised there will be no let-up from the holders when they face Bangladesh in the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy at Edgbaston on Thursday.

When Bangladesh take on India in the second semifinal at Edgbaston today they will want to continue their dream run in the ICC Champions Trophy.

Bangladesh is playing in the semifinals for the first time at an ICC tournament, leaving many to call this the country's biggest ever cricket match.

A 123-run stand in 127 balls between Tamim (70) and Mushfiqur (61) seemed to leave India captain Virat Kohli bereft on how to stop them, but his decision to turn to Jadhav proved an inspired one.

"Maybe some of the teams have really surprised the opposition with the way they have batted and bowled in certain situations". Kohli's side have a wealth of big-game experience, while Bangladesh have never before reached the last four of a global ICC event. "And our mindset does not differ", Kohli said on the eve of the match. Needing a win over New Zealand to stay alive in the competition, Bangladesh recovered superbly from 33-4 in their chase of 266 as centuries from Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah dumped out the Black Caps.

"We have been quite a few times in these kinds of games before". Bangladesh have taken huge strides.

The Men in Blue will head into the semi-final clash as favourite, after topping the Group B table with two comprehensive wins.

So far in the series, India have recorded two victories and one defeat - they beat South Africa comprehensively in their last outing, defeating a rather hapless Pakistan by 124 runs in the series opener (by Duckworth-Lewis method), while losing to Sri Lanka at The Oval even after scoring above 300. The forecasters have predicted a sunny day during the India-Bangladesh match.

"They have cricketers who are skilled, who are committed to play for Bangladesh and play with a lot of passion".

The one question that must have irritated him was the 2015 World Cup quarter-final controversy.

The Australian team, which won the 2015 World Cup, failed to win a single match out of their three league ties in the tournament as all of them were decided via the Duckworth-Lewis method. "That's more important for us, that our cricket is going to improve".

India won the toss and opted to field first. We don't know what is going to be the result, but once you can play at your best, you know that you are going to play at your best and things can change.

"Maybe because of how much limited-overs cricket we play, I think the players are getting more experienced in hard situations", he said.

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