IND vs BAN PREVIEW: Defending champions India will aim to live up to their tag of title contenders and dominate Bangladesh in the second semi-final of the Champions Trophy cricket tournament on Thursday. Bangladesh rode on a record partnership between Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmadullah to beat New Zealand by five wickets in their last match in Group A. Apart from scoring a brilliant century, Shakib also bowled economically. Mahmudallah will also look to add strength to the side's batting while openers Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar will have to give the team a good start against India. Pacer Mustafizur Rahman will be the key in the Bangladesh bowling line-up. Meanwhile India, led by skipper Virat Kohli will look to play ruthlessly and dominate Bangladesh right from the start. The Indian batting has done well in most of their group matches and will aim to continue their good form. Besides the openers, Kohli, Yuvraj Singh and Mahendra Singh Dhoni have been in good nick and have the capability to snatch the match away from Bangladesh on their own with individual performances. The Indian bowling department is also balanced with frontline pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Umesh Yadav alongside spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. Medium-pacer Hardik Pandya will also look to provide breakthroughs in the middle-overs.
CONDITIONS: A fresh wicket will be used in this game and that means another walk in the park for the batsmen. Birmingham wickets have anyway helped the batsmen and a fresh track means there will be true bounce and the batsmen can happily play on the bounce. The weather is expected to be clear and there should be no rain-induced interruptions.
SQUADS: India squad (From): Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni(w), Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Ajinkya Rahane, Dinesh Karthik, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami
Bangladesh squad (From): Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman, Mushfiqur Rahim(w), Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mashrafe Mortaza(c), Taskin Ahmed, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Imrul Kayes, Sunzamul Islam, Mehedi Hasan, Shafiul Islam