Tamim century lifts Bangladesh to 305-6 against England

Tamim century lifts Bangladesh to 305-6 against England

In a clinical chase against Bangladesh, Joe Root's unbeaten 133 from 129 balls helped England to beat Bangladesh by eight wickets with more than two overs to spare, in the first encounter of Champions Trophy 2017, on Thursday.

Politics in both countries means the Asian giants, arguably cricket's fiercest rivals, now rarely meet outside of International Cricket Council (ICC) events.

Only Australia and India have won the tournament twice. Rubel Hossain and Taskin Ahmed are the ones vying for a shot in the playing XI, with Rubel the more impressive bowler in the warm-up games. 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.

Featuring eight best one-day worldwide teams in the world, ICC Champions Trophy 2017 would begin at the Oval in London at 3 pm Indian Standard Time.

Birmingham boasts one of the largest Asian populations in Britain and a vibrant, sell-out crowd is expected on Sunday.

"If we (India) play to our potential, we will definitely go and win the game". Before the action unfolds, here's India vs Pakistan match prediction and preview.

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Subban - two of the biggest names in the game - fought at 12:14 of the third, with Malkin picking up an extra roughing penalty. Just ten seconds into the third period, Guentzel scored his second goal of the game, and started a cascade of goals.

Meanwhile, Laxman also backed the Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) decision to not play any bilateral series with Pakistan.

"The players have played together for so long now we know each other so well". You need to make sure you see the situations and play accordingly.

But the Champions Trophy doesn't belong on the cricket calendar anymore.

"One possible worry for Pakistan is the fitness of Wahab Riaz, the most experienced quick in the squad".

The left-arm quick did bowl during training on Wednesday, but not at full tilt.

"Since then, we've been on a huge upward curve, and we've been tremendously lucky in the fact we have had a group of players that have bought into a way of playing and enjoyed it, and executed extremely well", said Morgan.

But England captain Eoin Morgan spelled out, on the eve of England's first match at The Oval, that Roy will stay in situ.