Armed with Fizz, Tigers seek a Champions Trophy scalp

He said: "In practice I try to play as close to the body as I can, not throwing my bat too early".

Perhaps the most in-form team going into this tournament, England have an exceptional side that has ticked the boxes in nearly all key departments.

Let's analyse how tough a contender Pakistan is for the title of Champions Trophy 2017. It may have been a no-consequence warmup match but it showed New Zealand's alarming propensity to collapse if Guptill and Williamson miss out.

Kohli, after a well-compiled half-century in the first game, would prefer another good hit out there in the middle along with Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who looked impressive during his brief stint.

India's own bowling attack, however, have looked sharp.

Australian all-rounder John Hastings believe that Pakistan with a young group of players has a very good chance to make it to the next stages in the ICC Champions Trophy which is set to commence in United Kingdom on June 1. "If the team starts well and gets their confidence up, then they will be hard to stop", the West Australian said. Team India won their opening match against Australia where Sachin Tendulkar's 141 took India to 307/8.

Mohammed Shami, on the other hand, has not played an ODI since the 2015 World Cup semi-final, but the fit-again pacer, who was ably supported by the other pacers, was hitting the right lines and lengths and scalped four Black Caps wickets.

Wickets continue to tumble as New Zealand's Colin de Grandhomme is removed for four by Indian spinner Ravi Jadeja.

Kedar Jadhav is all excited as he gears up for the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, which will be his first global tournament.

"Pakistani side has the ability to beat India in Champions Trophy as Pakistan has outperformed India in the past as well", the Dawn quoted Younis as saying. Defending their total, India started off well but Yousuf Youhana's unbeaten 81 along with Inzamam-ul-Haq's 49 stabilised the innings and Pakistan managed to win in the last over. But they have been inconsistent with their form. The Big Day is some distance away and there is one more warm-up game to decide on the final line-up but the broad contours of the starting XI could have emerged from the Sunday fixture. "But with the assurance of Indian fans who are known to turn up in large numbers for any cricketing event, we can hope to generate some revenue from ticket sales", said ICC spokesperson.

  • Carolyn Briggs