Defending champions India is aiming to shut out off-field controversies as they take on arch-rivals Pakistan in their ICC Champions Trophy opener -- a marquee contest where tension and drama is never in short supply.
One of the finest fast bowlers of current times, Mohammed Amir is pitted against the talismanic Virat Kohli in what could turn out to be a battle primarily between India's vaunted batting line-up and against Pakistan's potent bowling attack.
A line-up that boasts of Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Yuvraj Singh and Mahendra Singh Dhoni can be intimidating for any bowling attack.
But facing Amir and an equally talented Junaid Khan in English conditions, despite Edgbaston showing signs of being a batting-friendly track, will be testing for the Indian batsmen.
Meanwhile, after 7 overs, India is at 27/0 wherein Rohit Sharma has scored 19 and Shikhar Dhawan is at 7.