India favourites against Pakistan: Afridi

"There is of course added pressure since the entire world is watching but they must know that all of Pakistan is behind them".

In recent times, however, the rivalry between the two cricketing giants has been one sided with India enjoying the lion's share of positive results.

"We watched that game together in Mumbai and an hour later we had to go and play a match together", Bopanna said.

In comparison, England is among the tournament favorites though it has never won the ICC Champions Trophy or the ICC World Cup whereas Bangladesh is inarguably the weakest team in the event.

Laxman's confidence perhaps stems from the fact that the current team appears to be an upgrade on the outfit which won the title four years ago.

England had their own last-minute hitch too, stumbling to 20 for six in five overs and eventually losing by seven wickets to South Africa in their final Royal London Series match at Lord's on Monday.

"There's no doubt that Kohli is a good player, but we have our plans in place for him".

The Pakistan legend backed Indian side to win the match.

Australia, who have a pace battery that includes Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and James Pattinson, are expected to top Group A. So it could be an interesting battle in the semi-finals with India.

Bangladesh: Masrafe Mortaza (Captain), Imrul Kayes, Mahmudullah, Mehedi Hasan Miraj, Mosaddek Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahim (wicketkeeper), Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Sanjamul Islam, Sabbir Rahman, Shafiul Islam, Shakib Al Hasan, Soumya Sarker, Tamim Iqbal and Taskin Ahmed.

In the second match, opener Shikhar Dhawan (60) and wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik (94 retired hurt) put on a 100-run stand for the third wicket before all-rounder Hardik Pandya smashed a 54-ball unbeaten 80 to propel India to a mammoth 324/7. But batting first here in a day game actually favours the bowling unit.

"You cannot reach out or play the shots away from your body and so it's also important to assess the conditions, not only the pitch conditions but also the weather conditions which can change dramatically during the day", he added.

"That was a long time back ... and England are a totally different team", he said of his team's latest success against this summer's hosts in a global tournament.

The numbers favour India as the defending champions hold an 11-0 win-loss record against Pakistan in major ICC tournaments including the 50-over and T20 World Cups.

Fleming said India were one of the favourites to the lift the Champions Trophy. "I hope Kohli's men beat them fair and square in Birmingham", said cricket fan Bahjat Nomani.

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