England vs Bangladesh Preview: TSR presents Probable Playing 11, Toss prediction and Weather report for Match 12 of Cricket World Cup 2019
After an action-packed first week of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, we head towards the second match of Week 2, and it’s the tournament favourites England, who will be up against the experienced Bangladeshi side at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff.
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Both the teams have lost their previous matches. While England bowed down against the ‘Mercurial’ Pakistan side by 14 runs, Bangladesh had narrowly lost a close encounter against New Zealand by 2 wickets.
The core players of Bangladesh still remain the same- the ones who had defeated England in the 2015 World Cup, and consequently knocking them out of the tournament. But, this is a different set of English players who have dominated the limited-overs Cricket since the previous World Cup- the reason they are the No.1 ranked side in the World currently.
England vs Bangladesh Preview
The England Team were yet again fantastic with the bat in their last match against Pakistan. What they really do need to worry about, is their bowling attack, who have been taken to the cleaners on a consistent basis, especially against good batting sides.
The eleventh hour induction into their side- Jofra Archer, who added to the English strength, looked flat and ordinary against a low-in confidence Pakistan (until that match) as he gave away 79 runs in his 10 overs without picking a wicket. In fact, none of the bowlers, barring the all-rounder Moeen Ali (10-0-50-3) looked impressive the other day, as they collectively leaked 348 runs- the highest so far in this World Cup so far.
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Their batting department is as strong as ever. Joe Root (107 of 104) and Jos Buttler (103 off 76) had almost won it for England had they not been dismissed at the wrong time. It was a rare failure for both the opening batsmen- Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow. Roy was dismissed against the leg-break in the previous two matches. It will surely be on the back of his mind, once he steps on to the field on Saturday. But, the fact that Bangladesh do not have a leg-spinner in their square, might well ease him up a bit.
Bangladesh, on the other hand had given a tough fight to the Kiwis the other day at the Kia Oval, but their knack of not being able to close the game, haunted them again. All their batsmen got off to good starts batting first, but barring Shakib Al Hasan (64 off 68), a majority of the other batsmen got out on their 20s, which reduced them to a below par 244 in 50 overs. Their batsmen are, however in good form as they had smashed their highest ODI total (330) against the Proteas in their opening match of the World Cup.
Their bowling was brilliant in both their matches at The Kia Oval. While they had South African batting under control for most part of their 21-run victory, a late burst against New Zealand almost saw them home.
England vs Bangladesh – Predicted Playing 11
England had made just one change in their squad the previous match by replacing Liam Plunkett with Mark Wood in the fast bowling department. With figures of 10-0-53-2, he did a decent enough job in a high scoring match at Trent Bridge. He might be given another opportunity to make a better impression. Apart from his there should’t be any other changes in the strong English squad.
For the Bangladeshis, skipper Mashrafe Mortaza would like to strengthen his middle and lower-middle order, as they will have to make a really high impact before the Hosts on Saturday. With scores of 21 and 26 against South Africa and New Zealand respectively, Mohammad Mithun failed to impress coming in at No.6 for Bangladesh. He might be replaced by the more experienced Sabbir Rahman in the Playing 11.
In the Bowling front, the experience of Rubel Hossain will be really needed against a formidable English batting line-up. Mohammad Saifuddin, had performed in bits and pieces in the two matches in the World Cup so far. He might make way for the experience of Rubel, who was instrumental with his 4/53 spell in the 2015 World Cup match against England, which knocked them out of the marquee tournament.
England Playing 11
Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood/ Liam Plunkett.
Bangladesh Playing 11
Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (Wk), Sabbir Rehman, Mahmadullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehidy Hasan, Rubel Hossain, Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Mustafizur Rahman.
England vs Bangladesh – Pitch and Weather Condition
The pitch at Cardiff had offered a lot of assistance to the new ball bowlers early on, with decent tinges of grass on the surface. Things might only get difficult for openers from either side. Both the matches of the World Cup at this venue have been low scoring affairs so far.
The conditions will be overcast and windy during the day, thus teams would look to try and exploit the conditions. While sunny spells are expected to develop through the day, chances of rain would still persist at Cardiff.
With overcast and windy start to the day, both teams will look to bowl first to try and exploit the conditions.
Where would the match telecast?
The clash between the two sides will be broadcast live on the Star Sports network and Hotstar, and will commence from 03:00 IST.