India will face Bangladesh in the second semifinal of the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy 2017 in England and Wales. The match will be held in Edgbaston, Birmingham on June 15. [বাংলায় পড়ুন: দক্ষিন আফ্রিকার থেকে ভালো বাংলাদেশ বললেন গাঙ্গুলি]
India confirmed their semifinal berth by dominating the world number one side South Africa in their last match of the group stage, which had turned out to be a virtual quarter-final affair.
While on paper South Africa are a better side than Bangladeh, but former India skipper Sourav Ganguly believes the Tigers can put up a better fight than the Proteas when they face India on the big stage.
“South Africa were mentally weak here and against Pakistan as well. It was a remarkable performance by India. In terms of quality, South Africa were a better team in these conditions but their performance were very poor,” Ganguly told India Today.
“On paper, Bangladesh are a weaker team than South Africa but will probably pull up a better fight because they have a good batting lineup, they play spin well and their bowlers have done well. But I am not too sure if they are strong enough to beat this rampaging Indian team,” he added.
Having said that, Ganguly also raised doubts regarding Bangladesh’s ability to beat India in the final, as according to him the Indian side is too good and too professional for Bangladesh to beat.
“India were too professional. Bangladesh will find it very hard to control this team,” he said.