Bangladesh will face the bitter rivals India in the second semifinal of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 on Thursday (June 15) in what could be the biggest and most important match in the history of Bangladesh cricket. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ সেমিফাইনালে বাংলাদেশের সেরা একাদশ]
This could be the match in what the fate of Bangladesh cricket would change for ever, and Bangladesh’s journey towards the summit of success would get a massive boost.
More importantly this match could be the defying moment of Bangladesh cricket, after which the sport we all love here in Bangladesh would never be the same again.
The match, scheduled to be held in Edgbaston, Birmingham, will roll onto the ground from 3.30 BdST. BTV, GTV, Maasranga and the Star Sports Network will telecast the match live, while the official live streaming will be available on hotstar.
Bangladesh stormed into the semifinals by picking up a remarkable 5-wicket victory over New Zealand in their last group game in Cardiff, while India got the ticket to last four beating South Africa convincingly at the Oval.
Bangladesh are undoubtedly the underdogs but they are vocal, they are opinionated and like other sports fans rooting for their country in major sporting spectacles, they are passionate.
And if Bangladesh can pick up another win here, no one should be surprised, because in Bangladesh, the fans always saw this coming, and finally the dreams are about the get the essence of pure reality.
If Bangladesh win this match and set up a final against Pakistan on June 18, that should not be called an ‘upset’, and that will also launch the opportunity for a terrific rematch between Bangladesh and Pakistan from the Asia Cup 2012 final, a match where Bangladesh came close to victory but eventually ended up losing the match by a mere margin of two runs.
This Bangladesh-India match is also a rematch of the quarter-finals of World T20 in 2016 and 2015 ODI World Cup both of which Bangladesh lost. Bangladesh fans had at that time criticised officiating by umpires for the loss in the 2015 World Cup.
Edgbaston’s pitch for the semifinal has not been used recently; unless it changes drastically over the game, these sides should not have any real preference for batting or bowling first.
Predictions are for clear weather. And a fresh pitch at Edgbaston promises to offer a lot to the batsmen.
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com