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Pakistan can beat India in Champions Trophy: Younis Khan

31 May 2017

"It's a big game for us, the first game of the Champions Trophy".

Hosts England shall be taking on giant killers Bangladesh in the opening game of the Champions Trophy at the Oval on Thursday.

"We love the fact that cricket is a numbers game, a 360-degree sport with angles and speed and strike and run rates that lends itself to using statistics and figures in storytelling", said Anuj Dua, director of marketing for Intel's New Technology Group.

At the ICC Champions Trophy that technology goes one step further, with Intel sensors in the bats.

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.

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"I was really nervous in the first game".

But it was also an indication of how Bangladesh were more than just a team to be respected in sub-continental conditions, something they emphasised with wins over New Zealand and Ireland in a triangular warm-up tournament in Dublin this month.

Through Intel's partnership with the ICC Champions Trophy there are two fantastic new innovations being launched for viewers and fans of the game.

"We couldn't be more excited to have Intel as our Official Innovation Partner of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017", said David Richardson, CEO of the ICC. "I think the overcast conditions played a part, but hopefully in two days' time we can get off to a good start and do things differently".

I watched the technology demonstrated in real time - and its stunning. It's rare this happens in worldwide cricket, where there is always the next game in a three, five or seven-match series.

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South Africa and England are the perennial underachievers in one-day global cricket, mixing high hopes with high-profile failures in the big tournaments.

Earlier, it always used to be Pakistan's bowling versus Indian batting. In the past two years, they have posted five of their six highest one-day scores including the world record total of 444 against Pakistan.

A good indication of England's strength is the fact Jonny Bairstow can not nail down a regular spot in the team.

When asked about the Indo-Pak rivalry on the field, Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed looked confident during a press conference before the tournament. He has got the most lovely seam position I have ever seen in global cricket.

India will play their next two matches at The Oval, against the Lankans on June 8 and then South Africa on June 11.

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Squad: Virat Kohli (capt), R Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Shikhar Dhawan, MS Dhoni (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rohit Sharma, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ajinkya Rahane, Umesh Yadav, Yuvraj Singh, Mohammed Shami.

Pakistan can beat India in Champions Trophy: Younis Khan