India can retain Champions Trophy, pace attack has real firepower, says Sangakkara

India can retain Champions Trophy, pace attack has real firepower, says Sangakkara

"I've every confidence we can not yield in any way to terrorists' intentions and would ask the public to be vigilant but come to our matches secure in the knowledge they will be safe, but expecting some additional inconvenience, pat-downs, searches", said Flanagan. Their form has been middling to say the least since the World Cup. The journey began seven years ago, from No. 9, and it isn't done yet. However, the left-armer has redeemed himself and continued to produced his swinging variation to great effect. "During the tri-series [in Ireland earlier this month], we won against New Zealand and we became the sixth-ranked team in the world".

Young gun Fahim Ashraf's blitzkrieg knock of 64 not out off 30 balls powered Pakistan to an unlikely, two-wicket win over Bangladesh in their first warm-up game on Saturday.

The spotlight will be on the batting. Australia had made 57 runs for the loss of one wicket in 10.2 overs. Though Captain Sarfraz provides the fierceness down the order, it will be up to former captain Azhar Ali and the inconsistent Ahmed Shehzad to provide the strong starts up front and set the platform for the bowlers.

"(On Sunday) I could see the batsmen working hard for every run and did not look settled with the conditions changing frequently", said Jadhav, at a media conference on Monday, ahead of India's second warm-up tie against Bangladesh on Tuesday. The defending champion has not played an ODI since January and is burdened with expectation, as ever, but has match-sharp players due to the majority of its squad being involved in the T20 Indian Premier League. Considering the fact that the two arch-rivals barely get to play against each other, the hype around the much-awaited encounter has reached its crescendo. They also face South Africa, on June 7 in Birmingham, and Sri Lanka on June 11 in Cardiff. "Ek side par Dhoni, Kohli, Yuvraj aur Pakistan mein toh koi bada player hee nahi hain (there is no star player in Pakistan compared to the Indian line-up)", said Bashir.

"Pakistani side has the ability to beat India in Champions Trophy as Pakistan has outperformed India in the past as well", the Dawn quoted Younis as saying.

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