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While all the subcontintental teams - India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka - will want dry pitches to play on, it won't matter too much to India. The first game between England and Bangladesh at the Oval today will get the eighth edition of the tournament under way.

They'll have to cope with the favorites' tag at the eight-team Champions Trophy starting on Thursday.

Being organised by the International Cricket Council, the tournament is going to played in the round-robin and knockout formats with the first match taking place on June 1.

"We couldn't win any matches, but the thing is, we played really good cricket", said Mortaza.

Irfan, who was part of the victorious India side which lifted the Champions Trophy in 2013, said the mantra of success in English conditions is to hit the seam well, which he felt the in-form Indian pacers, led by Mohammed Shami, are capable of. The Indian batting, bowling and fielding look strong as ever and the team looks ready to cut the mustard throughout the tournament.

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"We are taking it as a normal game and like any other worldwide game which isn't easy for you and you have to work hard for it, same is against India", he added.

In the second match, opener Shikhar Dhawan (60) and wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik (94 retired hurt) put on a 100-run stand for the third wicket before all-rounder Hardik Pandya smashed a 54-ball unbeaten 80 to propel India to a mammoth 324/7. And in both the games, India managed to bundle out the opposition inside 40 overs.

Joe Root was happy to chalk up a record Champions Trophy run chase as just another step in England's one-day improvement. Mashrafe feels the added expectation could pile pressure on the hosts.

However, Azhar's undoubted class and calmness have earned him a recall in Pakistan's ODI side for the Champions Trophy. But Mehedi Hasan, who top-scored for the Tigers with 24, said they still believed they could beat England.

South Africa and England are the perennial underachievers in one-day worldwide cricket, mixing high hopes with high-profile failures in the big tournaments. The Group A comprises of England, Australia, New Zealand and Bangladesh while the Group B consists of reigning champions India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and South Africa.