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ICC Champions Trophy 2017: India Vs Pakistan Final? Fans Already Predicting One

15 June 2017

India topped Group B after impressively seeing off Pakistan and South Africa to advance to the last four, but the defending champions were given a wake-up call in between those wins when they were surprisingly beaten by Sri Lanka.

As for the weather gods tomorrow, they will stay far away from Edgbaston giving both India and Bangladesh a full-fledged clash. There are no guarantees in this sport as we have seen lot of surprises in the league stages. "We will use whatever momentum we have gained in the tournament to execute in the match", he added. "Going into a big game like this, we are going to treat it as how we treated the last game, and our mindset does not differ".

There was a time when many Indians would have looked on this game indulgently, with Bangladesh's progress evoking memories of Indian cricket's watershed years in the 1980s.

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While most would accept that they have enjoyed a little fortune on the way to the semi-final - rain came to their rescue against Australia - the general impression remains: Bangladesh are a growing force in worldwide cricket. "They now play as a unit with some very talented youngsters in the side, making them a very good side", he said. They'll tell you of their record as one of cricket's greatest sides and they'll tell you about the depth and talent they possess.

"The team played really well, it was a complete performance and I certainly don't feel that there is any need to change". It's wrong to suggest that the Tigers are total minnows and I've already written them off against the Kiwis, but they are playing the kings of the subcontinent and they surely can't, can they? "Now they know how to win matches from hard situations".

"You know, no one takes any opposition for granted, and Bangladesh have taken huge strides".

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After playing the semi-final Yuvraj Singh will join 300 ODI match landmark along with Sachin Tendulkar (463 ODI), followed by Rahul Dravid (340), Mohammad Azharuddin (334) and Sourav Ganguly (308). Kohli remembers all his contribution for the team. "We can't just think about what happened in the last two matches as it will put more pressure on us". Mortaza played down the factor and instead focused on the game ahead of him.

The Tigers are one win from the Champions Trophy final but standing in their way at Edgbaston on Thursday will be old foes India, who defeated them in a controversial World Cup quarter-final two years ago.

Bangladesh won their most recent official meeting, a 2-1 home series win in 2015, but have toppled India only once before in a global 50-over event, the historic five-wicket victory in Port of Spain during the 2007 World Cup that had seismic implications for that edition's finances and the tournament's future format. "But if we are under pressure then I think India are under more pressure compared to us due to their huge population and the love for the game among common public", Mortaza said at the pre-match press conference.

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Roshan Mahanama, a batsman of pedigree from India's southern neighbour Sri Lanka, thinks Virat Kohli's team would not make the mistake of being complacent.