Bangladesh run to last four is reward for years of toil

Virat Kohli says India›s Champions Trophy demolition of South Africa was fueled by his refusal to spare his players from criticism.

Rather than sugarcoat his comments to save his players› pride, the India captain made it clear they had to improve and he was delighted with how they responded in the make or break clash on Sunday. "You have to be honest. That›s what I believe in", he said. You have to lay it out in front of them that this is what we did wrong, including me, and we need to take it on the chin and accept it and prove it.

"Across the three games in Cardiff there have been 8000 tickets sold which haven't been used, which is disappointing, but beyond the selling of them and the regular communication to those purchasers, if people then chose not to use them there isn't much we can do", Claire Furlong, the ICC's general manager of strategic communications, said. "This sort of performance really help us to move forward, especially with the 2019 World Cup (in England) coming up". It's not about asking two, three players to do it.

But with title-holders India playing Bangladesh in Thursday's second semi-final at Edgbaston, there are concerns that Wednesday's match at the 14,100 capacity Cardiff ground could be blighted by mass no shows. We are asking everyone to do it and everyone is responding really well.

Kohli acknowledged the amount of one-day cricket played in the region was a factor, but he has also been impressed with the way so numerous Asian nations have adapted to English conditions.

"As I said, you have to point out things that didn't go well, but at the same time, you don't want to be nagging them too much because they are professional cricketers and I have played with a lot of these guys".

After guiding the team along with Shakib Al Hasan to a famous win which ultimately sealed their progress to the semifinals of the Champions Trophy where they will face India on Thursday, Mahmudullah held out the back of his bat to the dressing room after the customary bow down in Mecca's direction. With their previous matches being washed out, both the teams needed a win to keep themselves alive in the tournament. On the other hand, Morgan was just one of the players and has now risen to be the captain.

"It's not a very big game but a very big opportunity".

"Through soft dismissals we lost our way and that was the part that hurt the most". But ultimately, they played a phenomenal cricket and defeated the AB de Villiers & Co.by 8 wickets and became the first team to enter the semi-finals from Group B.

The team it seems has not yet recovered from the quarter-final clash against India at Melbourne back during the 2015 World Cup when Rohit Sharma was reprieved courtesy a controversial no-ball call.

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