Four in the running for title - Chappell

With its rapid-fire schedule and the strength of its field, the Champions Trophy is arguably the preferred 50-over event for players and fans compared to the Cricket World Cup, which can drag on for six weeks and where many results can be predicted.

For a long time, Bangladesh have been catching the attention of the cricketing fraternity with their one-off wins.

Bangladesh's opener Tamim Iqbal, who has been with the team for the last 10 years and has been closely involved in the team's rise as an ODI force, believes it is their hard work that has brought them to such a level where oppositions are wary of them. "In Australian conditions, as the pitches are generally true and you can go at the ball and hit through the line", Hussey observed. A committee representing Indian cricket fans has assured that irrespective of the teams playing, fans will help fill up the entire stadium. And we deserve the respect we are getting.

"But we haven't all been on the park at the same time for Australia". As I told you before, it didn't come easy.

On the other hand, Bangladesh lost a high-scoring encounter against Pakistan at Edgbaston on Saturday by two wickets. With the pitches proving to be good for batting, teams that bat deep go in with an advantage and with most matches being day games, the toss is less likely to be a decisive factor.




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.

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. "It all depends now on how we mentally make preparations for the tournament", he said. We need to play every game with the same amount of intensity.

"Hopefully, I will get to bat on Ruesday and then we have three-four days to acclimatise in Birmingham", Jadhav added.

Former Sri Lanka skipper Kumar Sangakkara today said that defending champions India were capable of retaining the Champions Trophy title as they were a better balanced unit with "real firepower in their fast bowling".

"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)", he said.

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