Champions Trophy 2017: Focus on captains as Australia take on New Zealand


Besides Root (133 not out off 129), contributions from opener Alex Hales (95 off 86) and captain Eoin Morgan (75 not out off 61) helped England chase down the 306-run target in 47.2 overs. The last ball is bunted past the bowler for a single. "Nice know you've got guys like Ben Stokes waiting to come in", said man of the match Root.

"For me the four semi-finalists would be England, Australia, South Africa and India and whichever team plays well on that particular day will win the championship but it is going to be highly competitive tournament", he concluded.

England vs Bangladesh live streaming will be telecasted on Star Sports Network.

England, who have never won a global 50-over trophy, begin the eight-team tournament as favourites with the bookmakers only 15 months after a shambolic World Cup campaign that saw them eliminated in the first round.

"Beating South Africa is a huge confidence boost for us".

Both India and Australia have impressed in their warm-up matches, with the Aussies beating Sri Lanka before their match against Pakistan was rained out, and the Indians earning wins over Bangladesh and New Zealand. "It´s just we couldn´t finish well, that´s it". The way they are playing, if you look at the last two years, their performance, they win nearly everything.

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World's premier spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja are also there to stifle runs.

In a side filled with exciting and supremely gifted cricketers, Stokes has become England's talisman but it is that depth of talent and a sense of togetherness that he credits for the team's recent success.

The round robin stage kicks off as the home side will face Bangladesh in the opening match of the competition at The Oval on 1st June. We need a squad of players playing the majority of games between now and then, to gain experience.

"And I believe that Virat Kohli will depend a lot on Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, possibly two of the best death bowlers in world cricket, to bowl well at the end", Laxman told IANS.

"The other thing also, is that we have some exciting youngsters like Mustafizur and Sabbir Rahman, Taskin Ahmed, those players are also in our side".

When asked about the same, Karthik said, "When it comes to India-Pakistan match, it is all about who can handle the pressure better". "I hope that the batters will understand their role and not to think about much about yesterday (Tuesday)".