India thrash Bangladesh in ICC Champions Trophy warm-up

Solenn Plantier
Juin 6, 2017

With a few players emerging from a disappointing Indian Premier League (IPL) campaign and injuries, defending champions India, who have unmatched pedigree on paper, are all set to defend their title in the ICC Champions Trophy to be held in England and Wales from June 1-18. The proof came as recently as Monday when, across London at Lord's, England collapsed to 20 for six in five overs - the worst start in one-day global history - against the South Africa new-ball duo of Kagiso Rabada and Wayne Parnell.

"It's a lesson with the bat and ball... our bowlers to be disciplined and to our batsman that, sometimes, you have to sit in", Morgan told reporters after the match.

Karthik knows the English conditions well as he has had a fair amount of success here in the past.

Hassan, who has represented Pakistan in 16 ODIs, said that he has played matches against big teams like Australia and England, which boosted his confidence.

Unsurprisingly, David Warner and Quinton de Kock are the two openers after their impressive performances since the start of 2016 where the pair are the two leading run-getters with over 3,000 runs between them. "We'll try to live up to those expectations", he added.

Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza, although accepting England were a far better side than the one his team knocked out of the 2015 World Cup, insisted the Tigers had improved too ahead of their Champions Trophy opener.

Sehwag continued his sarcasm while congratulating India's Womens team saying "Congratulations for defeating Pakistan by 7 wickets in Women's World Cup qualifier 2017". We also have got some exciting young players like Sabbir [Rahman], Mustafizur [Rahman], Mehedi [Hasan] and Taskin [Ahmed]. "It's going to be a very good game".

England: Eoin Morgan (Captain), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler (wicketkeeper), Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes and Mark Wood.

De Villiers will be leading the Proteas in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017.

Bairstow therefore remains a back-up batsman despite his outstanding run of form in all formats over the past two years.

Karthik's career started on a promising note in the early 2000s, but since then he has been looked upon as a replacement specialist ever since Mahendra Singh Dhoni came to the fore.

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