Published: Mon, June 05, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Google doodle turns into a cricket game for Champions Trophy 2017

Google doodle turns into a cricket game for Champions Trophy 2017

When questioned who will win, Laxman was quick to voice his support for India, who have come out on top against Pakistan in their last three meetings at the 2015 World Cup, 2016 Asia Cup and last year's World Twenty20.

Bangladesh highlighted the issue of under-performing openers in dramatic style by collapsing to 84 all out in reply to Champions Trophy title-holders India's 324 for seven in their final warm-up match at the Oval on Tuesday.

Coming in with a massive victory of 240 runs over neighbours Bangladesh, team India will have the momentum on their side and will hope to continue their record against the Sarfraz Khan-led Pakistan side.

He added: "England are a very good side".

Laxman said that skipper Virat Kohli will be depending on these two bowlers due to their current form and the pace-friendly conditions in England which will host the Champions Trophy from June 1 to 18. "It's important to focus on the task at hand and I am sure Virat will be telling his team the same".

"I haven't seen a team win a global tournament playing defensively", said England coach Trevor Bayliss.

The green bus, decorated with small and medium size Pakistan flags is being prepared in a local workshop of Birmingham, will take a round of Birmingham on Sunday ahead of Pakistan vs India game to pick the fans and go to stadium together. "They want us to take the trophy home", he said with a smile on his face.

But in the new-age big-hitting, chasing 350 age of one-day cricket, a top-order batsman is probably expected to score much quicker. So, right now, the 50-over format has two tournaments on the schedule - one of which is the World Cup, an event that actually has history and prestige on its side. The way they are playing, if you look at the last two years, their performance, they win nearly everything.

The former Pakistan captain feels India also have a potent bowling attack to compliment their strong batting line-up. "We have two hard matches straight up against Australia and England and if we don't start well the tournament's over".

India are placed in Group B along with Pakistan, South Africa and Sri Lanka, and will start their campaign on June 4 against their arch-rivals at Edgbaston.

"I saw this game (against Bangladesh) as an opportunity to showcase my skill and it was nice to get some time in the middle".

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