ICC Champions Trophy: Dinesh Karthik looks to exploit England conditions

Paola Ditto
Giugno 5, 2017

Hassan played a crucial role in Pakistan's two-wicket win against Bangladesh in the first warm-up match of ICC Champions Trophy with Faheem Ashraf. Then, they both are ready to play the main event which is starting from June 1st Thursday at England.

With the start of the Champions Trophy -- a tournament featuring the world's top eight one-day worldwide sides - just two days away, this was a poorly-timed flop from Bangladesh, whose bowlers were swatted away by holders India as they piled up 324 for seven.

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Mashrafe also admitted that this England team were very exciting and favourites with eleven match-winners in the side.

England were already an unbeatable 2-0 up in the three-match series against South Africa and although Morgan was glad the reverse had come before the Champions Trophy rather than during the tournament, it remains a worry.

Though the players of both camps have tried their best to keep away from the political views and counter views around the match, the undercurrents are palpable given the cautious replies coming from either camps in the build-up to the game.

Defeat by 240 runs was certainly not what they wanted.

"We have put in a lot this series but this was a hiccup", Morgan said. "He reminds us of our pacers of yore who had mastered the skill of bowling the ideal yorker, especially during the 90s".

"Wahab Riaz has started bowling today so hopefully he'll be ready to go by the time the match comes", said Azhar. The combination is very good.

"Jason Roy is part of our strong opening partnership with Alex Hales, and he'll definitely play". It could have been when it was started in the late 1990s and was ostensibly an idea from the International Cricket Council (ICC) to spread the game to new places.

With India set to take on arch-rival Pakistan in their tournament opener on June 4, the Virat Kohli-led side will not leave any side uncovered as they look to defend the title.

Pakistan, New Zealand, and Sri Lanka should be competitive, while the rank outsider, Bangladesh, is capable of causing a shock - as shown in the 2015 World Cup when it beat England to reach the knockout stage.

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