What to expect in the semi-finals of Champions Trophy

Ruben Hill
June 14, 2017

At the start of the tournament, I had said we will play the semis.

Pakistan will be boosted by Sarfraz's match-winning knock in the team's three-wicket win over Sri Lanka, which put them into the semis.The green shirts are also excited about the explosive entry of opener Fakhar Zaman, who slammed 50 off 36 balls against the Sri Lankans. We have to give our best in the next two matches.

England's victory over Bangladesh in the tournament opener was a ideal example of how far they have come.

In 2000, the country entered cricket's elite, becoming a full member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) and hosting their first test match, against India in Dhaka.The step-up in competition was tough, from 1999 to 2004 the side lost 71 of 72 completed matches, but by the mid-2000's Bangladesh were starting to show signs of promise.

I have made it clear and set a protocol that any player who joins the team has to immediately undergo a fitness test and clear it to be part of the team, Arthur added. They lost their World Twenty20 group match to India previous year by just one run.

Sarfraz Ahmed played a captain's knock (61 not out off 79 balls) while Mohammad Aamir (28 off 43 balls) stayed with his skipper till the end to help Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by three wickets and move into the semifinal of ICC Champions Trophy, here on Monday.

Against the Kiwis in Cardiff last week, Bangladesh raced to 268-5 from a tottering 33-4 to eliminate Kane Williamson's team.

He is likely to be replaced by attacking wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow in the England line-up.

"You could argue about the luck if we would have played badly".

"Big teams like Australia, South Africa, and New Zealand are out before the knockout stage".

Minhajul said Bangladesh would need everyone to be on top form against India to have a chance of making the final. My cutters are more effective back home. "And I'm still trying to bowl well in these conditions", Mustafizur told reporters. "We always believe in ourself".

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