Sunday, 17 December, 2017

India beat New Zealand by 45 runs in warm-up tie

HIGH HOPES Sarfraz believes Pakistan will play with a free mind without any pressure since they have nothing to lose being the number eight team in the ODI rankings India beat New Zealand by 45 runs in warm-up tie
Velma Reese | 30 May, 2017, 02:04

But the 32-year-old is ready to change his approach in the English conditions for the Champions Trophy.

Having won their first ever ODI match against New Zealand only earlier this month, the Men in Green, with considerable pressure of expectations, will be well-served if they manage to beat India tomorrow. India was without Yuvraj Singh and Rohit Sharma in this game.

They next face New Zealand at Cardiff on June 6 before playing their final group game against Steven Smith's side at Edgbaston on June 10.

But the Test Championship play-off was an idea that never came to fruition, the big three cricketing boards of England, India and Australia scrapping it and overturning the ICC event revenue model.

Since Taylor joined the side six years later the trophy cabinet has been bare, he notes, when asked to name his career highlights ahead of his fourth Champions Trophy tournament in England and Wales.

The Pakistani speedster thus feels he has the psychological advantage over Kohli and will be looking to use that to his advantage.

"In the nets, I am trying to play as close to the body as I can", he said.

West Indies legend Brian Lara has tipped hosts England to take out their inaugural ICC Champions Trophy title.

Talking about Australia's chances in the tournament, Hastings said that his team is well prepared but it has to play the best cricket in the tournament where eight of the top teams are competing.

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"I have dismissed him in three out of the four matches we have faced each other".

"But they always seem to be in good form!", Hussey commented, adding: "They are both crucial to Australia's chances, they always are".

"It's all about the crowd that creates this kind of environment".

"We have had good preparation, we have had a good couple of days".

Bangladesh has been a very decent side in 50-overs cricket.

The pace quartet of Mustafizur Rahaman, Rubel Hossain, Taskin Ahmed and skipper Mashrafe Mortaza can prove to be more than a handful for any opposition on a given day.

Here's a look back at how Team India have fared at the Champions Trophy. The first two overs yielded 20 runs, and just when it looked like the New Zealand captain's decision was vindicated, India's bowlers struck.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah pack quite a punch together, though all four may not play together in the tournament proper.

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