England beat Bangladesh in Champions Trophy opener

"I think I always enjoyed playing against Pakistan, but it is very important to respect whatever the government's decision is because it is beyond sport at the moment", Laxman said.

The pace attack of the Indian team impressed everyone in the practice match.

Terming young pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar as among the best death overs bowlers in world cricket, former star batsman V.V.S Laxman said a powerful bowling line-up gives India a strong chance to defend their Champions Trophy title.

Woakes had come into the match nursing a tight quad that led to his omission from the final two matches of England's recent ODI series against South Africa, but he looked in fine fettle as he opened the campaign with a maiden to Bangladesh's Tamim Iqbal. The batsman is a cricket and the fielders are snails. However, the Indian team put on a clinical show in both their warm-up games against New Zealand and Bangladesh. Such is the quality of this team that all 15 players are capable of getting an opportunity in the starting XI.

With a few players emerging from a disappointing Indian Premier League (IPL) campaign and injuries, defending champions India, who have unmatched pedigree on paper, are all set to defend their title in the ICC Champions Trophy to be held in England and Wales from June 1-18. The match will take place at 3 PM IST on 4 June 2017 and will be the fourth match between the two neighbours in Champions Trophy history.

One may call it a mini World Cup, but there will be nothing miniature about the thrilling matches which will be played during the 16-day tournament.

Pakistan opener Azhar Ali sought to play down the hype over their high-profile Champions Trophy match against India, saying they are taking it as a "normal" game despite the soaring expectations.

"Every game is crucial and we've got to be at our best from ball one in this first game". "You will see a fighting team", Sarfraz said.

"If we rushed him, he might have played the last game of the one-day series (against South Africa), but we didn't want to rush him". The all-rounder may not participate in the first match against Bangladesh.

Google loves acknowledging little things, and the Google Doodle team is back with a neat cricket game to celebrate the launch of the one day worldwide 2017 ICC Champions Trophy tournament.

  • Julie Sanders