Overall, Pakistan has played 18 matches in the tournament, winning seven and losing 11. Injuries have prevented the strike bowlers from playing together in the same Australian squad and coach Darren Lehmann is licking his lips at the opportunity to let them loose.
Earlier, in their first practice game also played at Edgbaston, Pakistan came back from the jaws of defeat to edge Bangladesh by two wickets in a high-scoring thriller. So, when it comes down to choosing the bowlers for the big game against Pakistan, India's opener, which will be played at Edgbaston, the captain will have a hard choice to make. He has shown some good form on away tours to New Zealand, Australia and West Indies over the winter. If this combination clicks for India then certainly this side will go deep in the tournament and might even defend its title successfully.
In fact, India lost an ODI away series against Bangladesh back in 2015 when Mustafizur was relatively new to global cricket. "We need to play every game with the same amount of intensity", Jadhav told the reporters. It is the crowd which creates the environment. Dinesh Karthik may replace Yuvraj Singh as the latter is recovering from a bout of illness, according to the Indian Express.
"This year, the team is a lot fitter, the cricketers are a lot more mature, because that was a very young group four years ago".
The pace quartet of Mustafizur Rahaman, Rubel Hossain, Taskin Ahmed and skipper Mashrafe Mortaza can prove to be more than a handful for any opposition on a given day.
"Beating Australia 3-0 in the Chappell-Hadlee in 2007, the last World Cup (when New Zealand made the final for the first time) was pretty special and making the final of the (2009) Champions Trophy was a highlight", he said. Moving forward in the '90s we had a lethal bowling attack with Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Shoaib Akhtar and Saqlain Mushtaq. "They will have to survive the new ball and the responsibility lies on the shoulder of Azhar to give Pakistan a good start".
For India, pacer Mohammed Shami and Bhuneshwar Kumar scalped three wickets each while spinner Ravindra Jadeja took two wickets. "Moreover, Muhammad Aamir has helped Pakistan win on several occasions and will make a big difference".