Bangladesh coach Chandika Hathurusinghe insisted his side´s morale remained intact after they suffered a dispiriting warm-up for their Champions Trophy opener against England by crashing to a 240-run defeat against India on Tuesday.
Entering the mini World Cup - ICC Champions Trophy after a leap of 11 years, underdogs Bangladesh have a high wall before them to scale.
ICC Chief Executive David Richardson had said, "This is an exciting announcement for the ICC as we continue to focus on innovation and technology to enhance both the game and the experience of the fan". Even Pakistan faced some initial blows, but however, eventually went on to win the match against the arch-rivals.
"Pakistani side has the ability to beat India in Champions Trophy as Pakistan has outperformed India in the past as well", the Dawn quoted Younis as saying. However, up against a formidable side in the form of Virat Kohli-led India (who are also one of the favourites), the chances for Pakistan.
New gen skipper Eoin Morgan will try to better their records at the mini World Cup and look to seal their maiden Champions Trophy title. However, it must also be stated that when the two neighbours meet, it's not just cricket that drives one and all. "It is a great feeling to playing in a tournament like that", Jadhav said.
Off the field, it's a different story altogether, India and Pakistan players understandably so get along with each other easily. "On your day, you can do anything; we have quality players who can change the game". It is the crowd which creates the environment. "When we went out there the last time we just wanted to enjoy", said Kohli.
"In the nets, I am trying to play as close to the body as I can", he said.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah pack quite a punch together, though all four may not play together in the tournament proper.
Luke Ronchi continued to attack, but Williamson (8) didn't look too comfortable during his 15-ball stay in the middle.
However, the rest in the New Zealand top-half failed to get going as they found themselves at the receiving end of the Indian bowlers' swing and seam coupled with the right line and length.
In Rahim, the country's Test captain, Bangladesh have their best ever wicketkeeper and a match-winning batsman alongside the likes of Soumya Sarkar who made an unbeaten 87 in the win over Ireland.