The second ICC Champions Trophy semi-final takes place at Edgbaston, Birmingham on Thursday and sees surprise package Bangladesh up against India.
India v Bangladesh
Few would have predicted Bangladesh would have been in the last 4 after they were heavily beaten in their opening game by England with the hosts chasing down 306 to win with 8 wickets in hand. Bangladesh got a big break in their second match though when rain ensured that Australia would not chase down their lowly 182 all out and the game was declared a no result. The big shock though came in their final match against New Zealand where having restricted the Black Caps to 265 for 8 in 50 overs they chased it down with 5 wickets and 16 balls to spare. Tamin Iqbal has starred with the bat scoring 223 runs with an average of 74 and there have also been solid contributions from Al Hasan and Mahmudullah. None of the bowlers have really starred and Hossain is the leading wicket taker with 3 in his 2 matches.
India beat Pakistan by 124 runs using the Duckworth Lewis method in their opener but they were stunned by Sri Lanka in their second game when they failed to defend what looked a strong total of 321 going down by 7 wickets with 8 balls remaining. Their final match was effectively a quarter-final against the Proteas and India started strongly and never took their foot off the gas chasing down 192 to win with 8 wickets and 72 balls remaining. Dhawan has scored an incredible 271 runs in his 3 knocks at an average of 90 and Sharma with 181 runs and Kohli with 157 have also made massive contributions. The bowlers have spread the wickets out amongst them but Kumar could well be the pick with his 4 wickets coming at an economy rate of just 4.44 runs per over.
India go into this match at 13/10, second favourites for the title with Bangladesh the rank outsiders at 18/1 – click here for outright betting.
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Note: Prices correct at the time of posting but are subject to change
Suggested Bet: Top Indian batsman, Dhawan at 33/10.
The match betting is very one-sided and that sees me turning to the exotic markets where I am a little bit surprised to find the in form Dhawan priced above the 3/1 mark at the time of writing. He clearly thrives on the big stage and coming in up front will get guaranteed time at the crease which will be very relevant if India are chasing a low target.