It's a test to find Champions Trophy's context


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.

"We have the advantage of home conditions as well, so it's an exciting team but the Champions Trophy as it is means you've got to win every game and any team is capable of beating any other team", he said. He did not touch it, nor did he pose with the trophy like his English counterpart Eoin Morgan, who appeared for the presser after Mashrafe and smilingly posed for photographs. The Indian batting, bowling and fielding look strong as ever and the team looks ready to cut the mustard throughout the tournament. They, however, faced off in the shortest version of the game during last year's ICC World T20 at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. They also took England to a decider in the hotly contested one-day series in Bangladesh a year ago. "You just can't avoid it", said Irfan during a conversation with mid-day from Vadodara where he is spending time with family for the holy month of Ramadan.

"You have to think what the mistake was, so I think we can handle tomorrow especially". As far as the mindset was concerned, it made me realise that I cannot do everything in every game.

Asked if his team can beat England tomorrow [Thursday], he said: "I can't say about beating them tomorrow".

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However, Mortaza added: "But we know that we are also a better side; that we are a very improving side".

"We were bowled out for 84 in that practice game against India".

Morgan agreed: "W hen the guys bat like that, it's a lot easier than used to be, having Joe Root in the side and an in-form Alex Hales". India registered an emphatic 240-run victory over Bangladesh in their second and final warm-up game of the Champions Trophy at The Oval, London on Tuesday, thus giving them loads of confidence ahead of the much awaited high voltage clash against arch-rival Pakistan.

Wahab Riaz might have to miss the match against India, thanks to his knee injury. That explains the fewer number of ODIs Azhar has been part of - he has played 60 Tests - even though he has been ODI captain for 31 of those 45 matches.