Competent Bangladesh stands between India and final

The second semi-final will be played between India, who topped Group B, and Bangladesh, the second-placed Group A team, on June 15th at Edgbaston, in Birmingham.

Bangladesh outplayed New Zealand in their final Group A tie to qualify for the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy, their first appearance in the last-four stage of any major ICC tournament. For many in India, the Bangladesh team are pushovers, minnows et al.

But the 50-over India versus Bangladesh contests have never been short of drama - thanks to the overtly passionate fans and media. Kohli was very respectful of Bangladesh as an opposition despite India enjoying a great record against them.

Although a semi-final is new territory for Bangladesh, the coach wants his players to show everyone how they improved over the last two years and that they deserve to be there.

India, on the other hand, are one of the favourites to win the title. 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.

In that case, Kohli's men will join South Africa on 119 points but will be ranked ahead of them by a fraction of a point.

Aminul also expects that the team which played against New Zealand can be played against India, too. But we still back our initial thought that we need to give players enough opportunity to get used to certain places. "I am very connected to the cause taken up by Virat", said Poonam Gupta, who is CEO of Scotland based company PG Papers.

There is no comparing their pedigree: the eleven that played for Bangladesh against New Zealand have 24 one-day centuries among them; Virat Kohli has 27 on his own. It was their first away victory against the Kiwis in 17 attempts.

Meanwhile, West Indies which is now playing ODI series against Afghanistan, have dropped from 79 points to 77 points in the ICC ODI Team Rankings following their crushing 63-run defeat against the minnows.

Luck also played a role with Bangladesh heading to nearly certain defeat against Australia until rain washed out the match.

Bangladesh have long discarded their reputation as the whipping boys of elite worldwide cricket, particularly in the one-day format, and earned a first semi-final spot in a global competition with a thrilling win over New Zealand.

The neighbours first played an ODI match in 1988.

The reception was attended by a number of former India and England cricket personalities including Farookh Engineer, Dilip Doshi and former England players Andrew Strauss and Monty Panesar. But playing in the best eight and in the semifinal, obviously there is a big hype.

Pace bowler Mustafizur Rahman, one of their most exciting talents, has failed to live up to expectations while youngsters Sabbir Rahman and Soumya Sarkar have struggled with the bat.

The historic semi-final match has already become the talk of the town.