India captain Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to field against Bangladesh in a Champions Trophy semi-final at Edgbaston on Thursday.
Giving the new ball to Bhuvneshwar Kumar worked in India’s favour as he collected Soumya Sarkar’s wicket in the very first over of the game. Sabbir Rahman, after scoring a quick 19 runs was also sent packing after Indian bowlers built a bit of pressure with 13 consecutive dot balls.
Light rain delayed the toss and overcast conditions would have encouraged Kohli to believe there would be assistance for his pacemen.
Although the odds for today’s contest are heavily in India’s favour, the last four games between India and Bangladesh have seen both teams win two matches each.
Champions Trophy title-holders India thrashed Bangladesh by 240 runs in a warm-up match at the Oval last month, a fixture where the Tigers collapsed to 84 all out.