India crush Bangladesh in warm-up; Guptill powers New Zealand

Group B consists of defending champion India, Pakistan, South Africa and Sri Lanka.

Today, the first match of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 for Group A is going to be played at the Oval in London between England and Bangladesh teams. "We need to play every game with the same amount of intensity", Jadhav told the reporters.

The Champions Trophy opener is set to feature several survivors on both sides from Bangladesh's 2015 World Cup win over England, when a hundred from Mahmudullah and aggressive seam bowling propelled the Tigers to a memorable success at the Adelaide Oval. He may not be playing for the Indian cricket team anymore but his wishes and excitement to watch is India play is just the same, if not more.

"The way they are playing, if you look at the last two years. they win nearly everything". With AB de Villiers, Quinton de Kock, Hashim Amla in the side, one can not rule them out from reaching the knock-out stages.

He added: "England are a very good side".

England and Australia are the favourites to get out of Group A, but New Zealand can trump any team on their day and with the banana skin in Bangladesh also there, this could be the most intriguing group of the two.

"Obviously 84 doesn't look good", he said. "I know his record in England is not great, but he is a better player than when he came here last time and like AB de Villiers he can play any kind of innings - explosive or a rebuild job". The countries are known for their passion for the game of cricket.

A contest between India and Pakistan is eagerly awaited by the millions of cricket fans, especially if it is an ICC tournament match. It's exciting as we are all of a similar age.

The Champions Trophy, back for an eighth edition, begins on Thursday and will go on till June 18, 2017. People might say it is a question of life and death or redemption, but it's not the case for me."This is my first major tournament as captain, I'm definitely very hopeful and excited about the competition". Indian skipper Kohli started his campaign on a brighter note hitting an unbeaten 52 off 55 balls while Mahendra Singh Dhoni also played some delightful strokes.

  • Julie Sanders