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ICC Champions Trophy 2017 semi-final 2: India vs Bangladesh - Dawn of a new age Asian cricketing rivalry
In the second semi-final of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, defending champions and the most eligible contenders India will play against Bangladesh on June 15 at Edgbaston, Birmingham.

Since October 27, 1988, when these two Asian neighbouring countries played for the first time against each other during the Asia Cup in Bangladesh, have till now faced each other on 32 occasions, and the record favours India by 26-5, with one match ending without any result. 

In the first encounter between India and Bangladesh, the Indian cricket team under the captaincy of Dilip Vengsarkar had crushed the opponents by nine wickets in a one-sided game. And in the first four matches between these two, the winning margin was the same (9 wickets). 

The Bangladesh team first won against India on December 26, 2004 in Dhaka by 15 runs and since then, has won 5 matches so far against India.

At a neutral venue, India and Bangladesh first played in Sharjah (UAE) in April 1995 during the Asia Cup. It was the third official ODI between these two countries. At a neutral venue, India and Bangladesh have played eight matches and Bangladesh was lucky on only one occasion during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007, where the Bangla Tigers beat India by 5 wickets and India was forced out of the World Cup. 

Last time, at a natural venue during the 2nd quarter final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 at Melbourne, India won against Bangladesh by 109 runs.

In the last five games between these two semi-finalists of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, both teams have won 2 matches each with one match ending without a result. In the last encounter between India and Bangladesh, in June 2015, India won the match by 77 runs.

The Indian team has scored four times over 300 runs against the Bangladeshi team with the highest score of 370/4, whereas, Bangladesh's highest total has been 307 against India during the last match between the two. Bangladesh's lowest total has been 58 and India's lowest total has been 105 against Bangladesh. India's biggest victory against Bangladesh was of 200 runs.

Former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir is the leading run getter against Bangladesh. His total aggregate is 592 runs, including two hundreds. Another former opener, Virender Sehwag played an innings of 175 runs, which is the highest individual score between these two Asian neighboring countries, whereas Indian captain Virat Kohli has scored maximum hundreds (3) between the two. Bangladeshi seamer Mashrafe Mortaza is the leading wicket taker with 20 wickets.

In the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy 2017, India tops in Group B, having defeated both Pakistan and South Africa and losing against Sri Lanka en route to the semifinal. 

On the other hand, Bangladesh lost the first match against England, their second match against Australia ending without a result and in the third do or die match, they defeated the Kiwis by 5 wickets. 

In the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 India has performed all-round with the bat, ball and also in the field. But, Bangladesh has also proved by now that they are no longer the minnows.

In the second semifinal of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 between India and Bangladesh, whatever result comes, but for sure, the match would be a must watch. However, the chances of defending champions India are far brighter than Bangladesh, but cricket is a very unpredictable game. 

The match starts at 3:00 pm in India (local time) and 10:30 am (BST).

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