Pakistan beat Bangladesh in build-up to opening tie against India

Mortaza admitted it's going to be tough for his team to challenge the other three teams in the group.

A successful series in Sri Lanka gave them relief and confidence, however knowing their most potent weapon, spin will not be effective in English conditions, it will be up to the combination of an aging Masharafe Mortaza and young Mustafizur Rehman to lead the Bangladeshi attack.

"We are ranked sixth, it is a pleasure for us, and the team is very happy with that". On our day, we can beat any side and move to the second round. "I think that this tournament, the group we've got is very hard - Australia, England and New Zealand". We haven't played in England for a long time. If we play our best cricket, you never know what will happen. "It's not going to be easy", he said. "We want to play the way we have played over the past two years and execute our skills well". The defeat in Adelaide in the 2015 World Cup caused England to completely rethink the way they played ODI cricket, leading to the resurgence that sees them now installed as one of the tournament favourites.

Bangladesh are playing their first ICC Champions Trophy since 2006 and now sit higher than Pakistan in the ICC One-Day International (ODI) team rankings. However, their record away from the subcontinent has been less impressive - their recent tour to New Zealand, where the conditions are perhaps the most similar to those they are likely to encounter in England, ended without a single win in eight matches across all formats. For us, it's a new day and we have to perform from the first ball.

"Pakistan, my gut feeling said they're a very good side and they can do, they can destroy any team".

Despite showing lots of improvement in the batting and bowling departments in recent times, Mashrafe is confident Bangladesh can still increase their levels in the field.

Bangladesh play their first warm-up game against Pakistan on May 27 and then take on India on May 30. So I hope that our fielding will be all right. So we adjusted our game and kept hitting the ball straight.

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