Bangladesh to face India in semi-final on Thursday

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Themorningbellbd.com desk, June 12: Dhaka: Bangladesh will meet the defending champions India in the semi-final match of Champions Trophy in Birmingham on Thursday.

The Tigers will meet India as the latter beat South Africa by eight wickets at Oval in London on Sunday.

India topped Group B with 4 points. Hosts England were the number one side in Group A while Bangladesh were second.

England won all their 3 matches (6 points) in the league phase while Bangladesh (3 points) had one victory, lost one and had one game washed out.

Earlier, Bangladesh confirmed their spot in Champions Trophy semi-final as England defeated Australia by 40 runs (D/L) in the last match of Group A.

Tigers are keeping their feet firmly planted on the ground after reaching the last four of a global tournament for the first time.

“It’s a big thing for our cricket. It is an opportunity for us but I want to request everybody not to think we will go all the way to win the title,” Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza told reporters at the team hotel in Cardiff.

“It’s a tournament of the top eight teams and more challenging than the World Cup. So, to be in the semi-final is itself an achievement for us. It is also a reward for our continued effort towards improving our game,” he added.

“I think everyone has contributed to what we are today. The whole nation will be with us as they were in our desperate times and good times.”

After the quarter-final match of 2015 World Cup, fans will be able to experience another clash between the two neighbours in a knockout stage of ICC event.

Bangladesh-India clash is now considered as the best in Asia, overtaking the match between India-Pakistan.

This is the first time Bangladesh will be playing in a semi-final match of ICC, and now Tigers can aim for even bigger success, probably moving to the final.