England win the toss and invite Bangladesh to bat in opening match


Every player in this tournament will want the same, because ICC events are a great opportunity to establish yourself. Their first and foremost aim will be to get past the group stages and try to reach the semi-finals of the tournament. Bangladesh will be under pressure having lost to India by a enormous margin of 240 runs in the warm up match.

Bangladeshis are the surprise element of this tournament, though, it is not sure that they will be able to fill the void of "entertainers" West Indies.

Group A comprises New Zealand, Australia, England and Bangladesh. They have played 19 ODIs against one another with Bangladesh managing to win only 4 from the lot.

Tamim Iqbal's century and Mushfiqur Rahim's half-century helped Bangladesh to post 305 for 6 in 50 overs against England in the opening match of ICC Champions Trophy at Oval.

The Durham all-rounder got through a warm-up unscathed this morning while Roy can breathe easy after skipper Eoin Morgan confirmed the out-of-form opener will retain his place alongside Alex Hales. The average score for the team batting first over the last three years is 259, looks an excellent batting surface, ' reckons Ian Bishop, in his pitch report.

"A game between Pakistan and India is always good and Birmingham has always had a very good atmosphere", said Azhar.

Bangladesh have a lethal bowling attack. He can create problems for batsmen, especially in the death overs when they look to hit big hits. Rubel Hossain is the third seamer in the team. The left armer Shakib Al Hasan also their and will give a pressure to England bats. It's a ball and bat and you just want to perform with those. As mentioned before, the England is really strong on recent days, so the team will create a big score today. It's a happy homecoming for Mashrafe Mortaza's men, but can they do more than just being also rans over the next couple of weeks?

Ahead of the big-ticket game, he further said, "No global game comes easy to you, you have to work hard for it and it will be the same against India". His form will be vital in the tournament.

As always, Pakistan have an excellent selection of fast bowlers in their ranks in the form of Wahab Riaz, Mohammed Amir, Junaid Khan and Hasan Ali who could prove to be unsafe in English conditions.