India Have Edge over Others in Champions Trophy 2017

Faith Castro
June 2, 2017

That was Bangladesh's highest stand in a one-day worldwide outside of Asia, surpassing the 141 put on by Mushfiqur and Mahmudullah when the Tigers knocked England out of the 2015 World Cup with a dramatic 15-run win in Adelaide.

The right-handed batsman, who recently bid adieu to the Gentlemen's game put all his hopes on Sarfraz Ahmed to lead the team successfully in England.

Morgan cited Roy's role in helping England reach the final of last year's World Twenty20 in India - where they lost to the West Indies in Kolkata - as proof of how he could come good in a tournament. Rahim and Tamim did just that, and by the end of the 44th over, they had made their highest ever score in England - 260. Both men could find themselves in trouble with the match referee - Stokes for his clash with Tamim, Tamim for his reaction after believing he had taken a clean catch to dismiss Morgan for 22, only for the batsman to be reprieved.

"I thought he was terribly unlucky today", Morgan said.

Similarly, Mahmudullah smashed a century when Bangladesh defeated England at the World Cup two years ago.

Pakistan will play their first match against arch-rivals India on Sunday at Birmingham. The left armer Shakib Al Hasan also their and will give a pressure to England bats. They also boast three Indian Premier League stars in Chris Woakes, Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes, though the former lacks match practice and the latter is unlikely to bowl his maximum ten overs.

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Bangladesh was given a good start with openers Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar taking on the English pacers in the early part of the innings.

Bangladesh coach Chandika Hathurusingha tried to minimise the impact of Tuesday's reverse by saying: "Obviously it affects the confidence a little bit, but this is a practice game".

"And one of the strongest parts of reinforcing the way that we play, and the freedom in which we play with, is backing that up with selection". England, Australia and South Africa. Otherthan, Bangladesh have more chances to win the game.

Such is the global and commercial appeal of the fixture, the ICC has effectively admitted to "doctoring" the draw to make sure the teams are paired together in the group phase of major tournaments rather than run the risk of them not meeting later on. His pace was always impressive but through this performance, he showed that he can bring it to the toughest stage of a game.

"In modern cricket, fielding is the key for winning ODIs and T20 Cricket and Pakistan team must focus on fielding and grab every opportunity", said Younis.

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