D/L method: India beats Kiwis by 45 runs

Defending champions India hit all the right chords during their resounding 45-run victory against New Zealand via Duckworth-Lewis method in a rain- curtailed warm-up game where skipper Virat Kohli came good after an impressive show from the bowlers. "They'll be going into the Champions Trophy with some good form and some good momentum", he added. The one between India and New Zealand was curtailed while the other between Australia and Pakistan saw only 10 overs being bowled before being abandoned.

For the men in blue, they couldn't have found a better and more exciting opponent than arch-rivals Pakistan to begin their title defence in England and Wales. Dhoni is the most experienced player in the team, he is a smart character.

Kohli and his team landed here on Thursday morning to compete in the Champions Trophy starting June 1.

On the Manchester blast that killed 22 people after a pop concert, the India captain said, "Firstly, what happened here a few days back was really saddening and very disturbing for everyone who saw it". New boy Shadab Khan can spring a few surprises with his leg-spin in an attack led by Mohammad Aamir, whose swing and accuracy was nearly back to its former best in the West Indies.

But former captain Ramiz Raja believes the team lacks the skill-set needed to regularly beat top sides in modern limited-overs cricket, which tilts heavily towards batting.

Much of India's current Champions Trophy side have had considerable IPL experience of late and should be warmed up well for this tournament.

He promised to play free cricket in the tournament.

Considered perennial minnows, the Tigers have seen a dramatic rise in their fortunes since the 2015 World Cup. Mohammed Aamer, who had missed the first warm-up clash versus Bangladesh, returned for some match practice and earned the wicket of Warner. "Yesterday, I could see the batsmen working hard for every run and did not look settled with the conditions changing frequently", said Jadhav, ahead of India's second warm-up against Bangladesh tomorrow.

The South African batting line-up is also powerful, but the team are yet to overcome the knockout-stage hoodoo that dogs them in tournaments.

"We've got the team that is capable of (winning our next seven matches)", said all-rounder Mooen Ali.

As Great Britain braces itself to torrential downpours and occasional thunderstorms, grey clouds continue to loom over the future of the upcoming Champions Trophy in England.

Recommended News

  • Bribery allegations mount against Brazilian president

    After allegations that Brazilian President Temer may be involved in a corruption case, the Brazilian real has gone into freefall. One of the original founders of Greeley-based JBS USA is caught up in the corruption scandal involving Brazil's president.
    Barcelona confirm Ernesto Valverde as Luis Enrique's replacement at Camp Nou

    Barcelona confirm Ernesto Valverde as Luis Enrique's replacement at Camp Nou

    Luis Enrique asking for a few more direct passes is not the only reason Barcelona do not dazzle as they did five years ago. He took Barca's crosstown rivals Espanyol to an unlikely UEFA Cup final in 2007 only to lose on penalties to Sevilla.

    Jose Mourinho open to selling Anthony Martial

    He also secured qualification to the Champions League - but fell well short of a title challenge. I want more, of course, but I'm happy and proud of what we have done along the way.
  • Day war begets 50 years of strife for Israel

    Graffiti in Arabic reads "hunger and not kneeling", on a wall overlooking Israel's Ofer prison in the occupied West Bank. Earlier this month, Israel released footage it said shows Barghouti breaking his fast .
    Trump says White House leaks on Kushner 'fake news'

    Trump says White House leaks on Kushner 'fake news'

    He explained , "I think any channel of communications back or otherwise with a country like Russian Federation is a good thing". President Donald Trump is considering overhauling his White House staff and bringing back top campaign strategists.

    BA travel problems enter 3rd day as most services resume

    Smit advised BA passengers to "arrive earlier than usual for their BA flight until the situation is completely resolved". Some have had holidays curtailed or missed special occasions, or had to spend many hours at airports waiting for news".
  • Terror suspect arrested in Old Trafford amid more raids

    Police have 11 suspects in custody and have searched properties across the northwest England city. There were prayers for the victims at church services across Manchester on Sunday.

    North Korea border object was balloon, says South

    Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the ongoing testing is "disappointing" and "disturbing". In an interview with "Fox News Sunday" U.S.

    The iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Indx Sees Unusually High Options Volume (EEM)

    This cash is what a company uses to meet its financial obligations, such as making payments on debt or to pay out dividends. Monitoring FCF information may help provide some excellent insight on the financial health of a specific company.
  • Sri lanka Flood: Death toll rises to 150

    Sri lanka Flood: Death toll rises to 150

    India sent a shipload of goods while Pakistan announced that it will soon dispatch a consignment of relief supplies. Twitter users like Azzam Ameen and Sri Lanka Tweet have been updating about the flood situation regularly.

    Mother to victims: 'You will always be our hero'

    Christian went berserk on the train Friday afternoon - just hours before the start of the holy Islamic month of Ramadan . When two bystanders intervened, the man fatally stabbed them both and injured a third.

    Sofia Coppola takes directing prize at Cannes

    The award recognises a strong film that missed out on the top prize, the Palme d'Or . The Award Ceremony of the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival was held on Sunday.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.