Bangladesh suffer woeful warm-up for Champions Trophy opener

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After winning a good toss under overcast conditions, Australia chose to test its batting might by taking first strike in a match already shortened to 34-overs-a-side because of bad weather.

"I have come to a stage where I end up going to India almost every year and hardly go to Pakistan". The sensor can be attached to any cricket bat to generate data for each individual player.

Bangladesh highlighted the issue of under-performing openers in dramatic style by collapsing to 84 all out in reply to Champions Trophy title-holders India's 324 for seven in their final warm-up match at the Oval on Tuesday.

They also have to remember that the Champions Trophy is a competition where every game matters. Now I don't even know the names of most players.

One may call it a mini World Cup, but there will be nothing miniature about the thrilling matches which will be played during the 16-day tournament.

It sparked laughter during a press briefing at The Oval yesterday, the day before Bangladesh's Champions Trophy opener against hosts England.

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The Tigers compounded England's dismal World Cup campaign in 2015, a 15-run victory sending home Eoin Morgan's side in the group stage. He is a very important player for the team.

"Virat as a captain was very attacking, because to bowl out both New Zealand and Bangladesh in that fashion, and the way they were getting the wickets, it was really heartening to see", Laxman said.

Head coach Chandika Hathurusingha added: 'Whatever you've done in the past gives you a little confidence. Plus, Ash and Jadeja were on top of their game anyway, but the way the fast bowlers bowled and the way we fielded - I think we were the best fielding side in the tournament.

Shahid advised Pakistani bowlers to strike at regular intervals and put India under pressure early if they wish to win the game. While all the subcontintental teams - India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka - will want dry pitches to play on, it won't matter too much to India.

Responding to a question, Khan said that the team plan of Sarfraz-led team green is to send the Indian batsmen back to the pavilion as soon as possible.

Asked if head-to-head records count during high-tension encounters, such as those against Pakistan, the Baroda all-rounder said: "Such advantages or disadvantages get an edge only to a certain extent".