Bangladesh coach Hathurusingha asks team to 'express themselves'

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While on the subject of silliness, film posters have been morphed by India's Bollywood faithful: India are preparing for Lagaan, or Border in the final, goes the meme.

India captain Virat Kohli, left, and India coach Anil Kumble look on during a practice session in the nets ahead of their ICC Champions Trophy semifinal match between Bangladesh and India at Edgbaston in Birmingham, England, Wednesday, June 14, 2017.

In a group where only England exhibited any consistency, Bangladesh certainly enjoyed the rub of The Oval green, escaping with a point in a match dominated by Australia's bowlers. Rohit, who was reprieved short of a century, ended up make 137 as India posted 302.

"It's been 24 months".

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Virat Kohli's men, so far, have been clinical on all fronts - batting, bowling, fielding; their only weakness (as has been the case historically) was their lacklustre bowling display against Sri Lanka. In fact, in the last five matches, the two are evenly matched with two wins apiece, with one match being washed out due to rain. We couldn't go through with just two runs needed off three balls with two (proper) batsmen at the wicket. Our opposition could be anyone. India take us on as we find our form. While Kohli averages a staggering 69.75 against Bangladesh, Hossain has also managed to dismiss Kohli twice in the 10 matches the batsman has played against his side. "We will use whatever momentum we have gained in the tournament to execute in the match", he added. Kohli's side have a wealth of big-game experience, while Bangladesh have never before reached the last four of a global ICC event.

"They have cricketers who are skilled, who are committed to play for Bangladesh and play with a lot of passion, and they're really keen to win a lot of games at this level, and that shows in their attitude", the Indian skipper added.

Bangladesh outgunned New Zealand in their final group stage game with a brilliant fifth wicket stand between Shakib-al-Hasan and Mahmudullah seeing them home in a thrilling chase. It is huge honour. Those games happened as part of a best of three in 2015, meaning Bangladesh fans can also state that their team won the last one day series between the two sides.

"So, given an opportunity, everyone would like to finish games convincingly and, as I said everyone is batting well", Kohli said on the eve of the match here. That would have been a big achievement for me, but it's come a long way. My life was saved.That's more important. "That is the handsome thing about playing here, it challenges you as a batsman", he added. India will know, however, that losing to Bangladesh will be taken especially badly back home. "We have variation. Each of our four fast bowlers give you a different taste", the Sri Lankan was quoted by Bangladesh newspaper "The Daily Star" while talking to reporters after the training session at Edgbaston on Tuesday. Probably one of the most painful recent memories for Bangladesh and one that Indian fans will understandably want to remind us of.

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