ICC Champions Trophy predictions: Which team will win CT 2017?

ICC Champions Trophy

ICC Champions Trophy

Google on 1 June 2017 marked the beginning of the eight-nation ICC Champions Trophy 2017 with an addictive doodle game.

Google captures the colour and the fun of the tournament in what it has described as its smallest interactive Doodle ever, which involves a team of crickets setting up their own wickets for a game of pest cricket.

Hardik Pandya made a great start in his first outing in England as he slammed an unbeaten 80 off 54 balls to help India beat Bangladesh in the ICC Champions Trophy warm-up clash at The Oval.

England, the hosts and the leading pre-tournament favourites amongst the bookies.

It did not do so at The Oval on Tuesday when, in their final warm-up match, Bangladesh collapsed to 22 for six on the way to 84 all out and a 240-run hammering by India. It is still unclear whether Kumble would continue to hold the post or someone new would take over.

A green-tinged pitch did not find favour with England captain Eoin Morgan but even on more placid surfaces the issue of how best to bat under grey skies, which can often set in all day in England, as many a cold fan knows, remains.

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.

"There will be a lot of pressure, but I think we can cope", he added. They, however, faced off in the shortest version of the game during last year's ICC World T20 at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

Nevertheless, Azhar said: "Wahab has recovered well so we have no doubt that he will be fit to play". You can not run away from it but as a player, you need to channelize your vision and need to focus on the match. "If they do well, we can definitely win the Champions Trophy".

In their first warm-up match, India defeated the Kane Williamson-led New Zealand side by 45 runs.

"So whatever we do first against England, we need to start well and that's what we are focusing on".

Since the beginning of 2017, the Proteas have played maximum ODI matches among all the teams in their group.

Besides India and Pakistan, the winners of the inaugural edition of the Champions Trophy (1998) South Africa and 2002 joint-winners Sri Lanka will also battle in the same group.

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