Laxman hails govt's decision to not play with Pakistan

"We know that the game has gone quite a long way and we have had some good results in the recent past, so we will do our best to match that".

Both teams are set to feature several survivors from Bangladesh's 15-run win at Adelaide which condemned England to a woeful first-round exit from the last World Cup.

Afridi says India are a well balanced team.

He also requested his fans to pray for the team's victory in the holy month of Ramadan. "Now if they are willing to spend time in the middle and play out 20-25 balls then they can regain their touch", The Turbanator added.

This response had come shortly after a controversial retweet appeared on Sehwags twitter account "India practicing with Pota before playing Beta".

"And I believe that once they do that, they have got the ability and the potential to not only beat Pakistan but to also retain the Champion's Trophy", he added.

"A scan has confirmed that Chris Woakes sustained a left side strain in yesterday's ICC Champions Trophy match against Bangladesh", the European Central Bank said in a statement on Friday.

"You will see us playing to the best of our capabilities".

The India captain leads a powerful batting line-up, with former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi, in a column for www.icc-cricket.com, writing: "While Kohli is the backbone, India possesses considerable firepower around him".

"Obviously it affects the confidence a little bit, but this is a practice game", he said. "It depends on how the pitch looks before the game", he said.

Though Imrul Kayes went out without scoring big, it was the monumental partnership between Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim of 165 runs that helped Bangladesh to offer a huge target to England.

Chacha in fact said he felt much safer in India than in Pakistan. If Woakes has one of those, he won't play again in the tournament.

"As a passionate Pakistan supporter, it's natural that I would want my team to finish on the winning side against any team, and especially against India".

"The combination has been very good over the last two or three years - that's why I think our cricket is moving in the right direction".

You know summer has started when there are big global cricket matches and the worldwide Champions Trophy, marked by Google's latest Doodle, is a key part of the sport's calendar.

  • Leroy Wright