India beat New Zealand convincingly in ICC Champions Trophy warm-up

India beat New Zealand convincingly in ICC Champions Trophy warm-up

India beat New Zealand convincingly in ICC Champions Trophy warm-up

"I was a bit surprised when I first found out the opportunity was going to be there but its been pretty good", he said. One man to look out for is the risky Tamim Iqbal, who's sublime hundred in the warm-up match against Pakistan ensured that his side could compete all the way.

Dinesh Karthik, was a late replacement in the squad for the injured Manish Pandey and only playing because Yuvraj Singh was unwell, came out at No. 4 but was dismissed for nought after facing nine deliveries.

Technically Ronchi is no opener but in batter-friendly conditions his sharp eye and power through the off side make scoring look easy with the field up.

Pakistan once a giant in world cricket and now reduced to the eighth spot in ICC world ranking will be looking for redemption in Champions Trophy beginning 1st of June in England.

New captain Sarfraz Ahmed will face his stiffest test yet when he leads unfancied Pakistan in the Champion's Trophy - starting with a highly-charged clash against India. Team India won their opening match against Australia where Sachin Tendulkar's 141 took India to 307/8. The quarter-final against the world champions Australia was a closely fought contest and had many unforgettable instances. In the ICC tournaments, Team India remains invincible against their bitter competitors but none can deny that every run scored or wicket becomes memorable.

He blitzed through four Irish wickets in an eight-wicket win in a warmup worldwide last week to highlight his potential. "We will have to be best to beat them", he added.

"Of course it can happen, if India can get through to the final!" Its obviously a good initiative to get the tournament down here started. In reply, India cricket team was restricted for 248 runs, as Mohammad Amir, Naved-ul-Hasan, Saeed Ajmal and Shahid Afridi all picked two wickets each. "They are hitting their straps before the tournament and in Mark Wood, Liam Plunkett, Chris Woakes and Ben Stokes, they have wicket-taking bowlers who are aggressive and want to stem the flow of runs by taking wickets", he said. This may turn out to be good preparation, especially when followed by a couple of 50-over warm-up games to get the mind fully attuned to the longer version.

But, while top-ranked South Africa are missing star seamer Dale Steyn, there is plenty on offer to excite crowds in this year's competition.

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