Champions Trophy 2017: Batsmen to watch out for

Posted June 07, 2017

Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza was frustrated after his side failed to convert Tamim Iqbal's 128, backed by 79 from Mushfiqur Rahim, into an even more testing total than 305 for six. And he said that you need to make sure you look at the scoreboard.

When questioned who will win, Laxman was quick to voice his support for India, who have come out on top against Pakistan in their last three meetings at the 2015 World Cup, 2016 Asia Cup and last year's World Twenty20.

The probability of you not knowing this is most definitely zero, but the India-Pakistan clash on Sunday will be the first match of the tournament for both the teams.

"Especially, the way they played in the last two warm-up games".

"So I think Virat Kohli has got luxury and options from which he can choose the best playing combination depending on the surfaces the team is going to play on and also the weather conditions". Then, they both are ready to play the main event which is starting from June 1st Thursday at England.

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

With the likes of Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes and Ben Stokes in their ranks, England will have a slight edge over the other teams, at least on paper.

"But again, it's cricket and anything can happen in the game".

Coming in with a massive victory of 240 runs over neighbours Bangladesh, team India will have the momentum on their side and will hope to continue their record against the Sarfraz Khan-led Pakistan side.

"This result ensures we go into the Champions Trophy without big heads", Bayliss told BBC's Test Match Special. The Group A comprises of England, Australia, New Zealand and Bangladesh while the Group B consists of reigning champions India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and South Africa.

Laxman said that skipper Virat Kohli will be depending on these two bowlers due to their current form and the pace-friendly conditions in England which will host the Champions Trophy from June 1 to 18. "So it is hard to predict the victor", said the former batsman, on the sidelines of an event organised by P&G Shiksha that promoted children's education in Bengaluru on Wednesday.