India takes on Bangladesh in the second Semi-Final of Champions Trophy 2017 in Edgbaston. With the winner taking on Pakistan in Sunday's final, India will be aware of the threat Bangladesh possesses and certainly won't underestimate them. We take a look at the key battles and predict their outcomes.
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Q1) Which opener will score more runs?
A. Tamim Iqbal B. Shikhar Dhawan
In this Champions Trophy so far, Tamim Iqbal has scored 223 runs at an average of 74.33, including a century against England in the very first match of the CT. Dhawan, on the other hand, has scored 271 runs at an astounding average of 90.33. Also, in H2H matches, Tamim Iqbal has an average of 31.5 against India whereas Dhawan has an average of 43.2 against Bangladesh. Also, in the warm-up match prior to the Champions Trophy, Dhawan scored 60 runs against Bangladesh, whereas Tamim missed out due to injury. Thus going by Dhawan's record in England and his form in this CT so far, we predict Dhawan to outscore Tamim Iqbal.
Q2) Who will take more wickets?
A. Mustafizur B. Bumrah C. Equal
Both Mustafizur and Bumrah have struggled in this Champions Trophy so far, having taken 1 and 2 wickets each respectively. Bumrah took both his wickets against South Africa in India's previous match, whereas Mustafizur's lone wicket came against New Zealand at Cardiff. Mustafizur has an astonishing record against India, having taken a staggering total of 13 wickets in the 3 matches he has played against them. Bumrah, on the other hand, is yet to play an ODI against Bangladesh. Despite only picking up 1 wicket in this CT so far, Indian batsmen have always found it difficult to pick Mustafizur, and hence we predict Mustafizur to take more wickets than Bumrah.
Q3) Who will concede more runs?
A. Mortaza B. Kumar
In this Champions Trophy so far, Bhuvneshwar Kumar has an economy rate of 4.44 compared to Mortaza's 5.04 Also, in their respective previous matches, Mortaza conceded 45 runs whereas Bhuvenshwar Kumar just conceded 23 runs. However, in the H2H matches played between these two sides, Mortaza has an economy rate of 5.18 compared to Bhuvneshwar Kumar's economy rate of 5.50. Also, Bhuvneshwar Kumar just conceded 23 runs in the match against Pakistan played at Birmingham. This should give Bhuveshwar Kumar a slight edge, having already bowled in this venue once before. Hence we predict Mortaza to concede more runs than Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Q4) Which team will have more hundred-run partnerships?
A. India B. Bangladesh C. Equal
In this Champions Trophy so far, Bangladesh have recorded two 150+ run partnerships, including 224-run stand between Shakib and Mahmudullah in their victory against New Zealand. India, on the other hand,
Q5) Who will advance
A. India B.Bangladesh
Q6) How many runs will Virat Kohli score?
A) <50 B) >=50
In this Champions Trophy so far, Virat Kohli has scored 157 runs in 3 matches,
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