England vs Bangladesh Live Predictions
England vs Bangladesh Live Predictions: The host English side will take on the spirited Bangladesh team today at Sophia Garden in Cardiff. Both the teams are coming from the back of a defeat and will be eyeing a win to come back in the tournament. With Bangladesh side upsetting South Africa in their first game and giving a good fight against New Zealand, the host English side will not be in a mood to take Bangladesh for granted.
In 2015, World Cup, Bangladesh had scripted England’s first-round exit. The English team suffered a 15-run defeat and thereby were out of the tournament. At that point, with a home World Cup up next, the English cricketing board were determined to improve the side’s limited over form. Coach Peter Moores was sacked, and an experienced Australian Trevor Bayliss took over as coach of English side.
Since the 2015 World Cup debacle, England have risen to the top of the one-day international rankings. Since 2016, in-home ODIs England has played 37 matches and won 29 matches. The team had lost only four games and rest were washed out. Such has been England’s dominance since their first round World Cup exit.
Led by Captain Eoin Morgan, the English side is one of the finest in this edition of World Cup. Their batting is led by Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow. Both the batsman averages above 40 runs in international cricket. The batsman coming in to bat at number 3, 4 and 5 all have an impressive strike rate of 80s or 90s. Jos Butler has been an X-factor for the English batting side. Coming in at number 6, since World Cup 2015, he has scored 2251 runs 61 matches with strike rate of 125. Captain Eoin Morgan, himself adds up to the finest batting side of the world. He has an average of over 9 runs in an over.
Despite having the finest batting line up, it is the bowlers who decides the victory of the team. England had lacked the pace bowlers who can create a pain in the hearts of the opposition batsman. However, with pacers like Jofra Archer and Mark Wood in the team, the English side has bettered its bowling line up too. With bowling attack comprising of Mark Wood, Adil Rashid, Chris Woakes and Liam Plunkett, the English team has the most lethal bowling squad.
The English team also has one of the best fielding. Young English team under the supervision of one to the World’s best ODI fielder, Paul Collingwood has the best fielding in the international cricketing world.
Over the last four years, Bangladesh have beaten India, South Africa and Pakistan in ODI series. They have beaten England more times in World Cup clashes. Since the 2015 World Cup, Bangladesh have had the opportunity to play the big three teams, England, Australia and India just 11 times. Therefore, this tournament is an opportunity for Bangladesh to open up their door for more international recognition.
An opening win against the World No. 3, South Africa and a narrow loss to New Zealand proved that the team is here to make a difference. Bangladesh have had an excellent form when it comes to international tournaments. Since 2015 World Cup, the team had managed to reach Asia Cup finals and were able to reach the semi-finals of ICC Champions trophy in England.
Strength and Weakness
Bangladesh has a genuine world class ability and have proven themselves in the biggest stage. Players like Tamim Iqbal and Sakib Al Hasan have time and time proven themselves. However, Bangladesh does not have a great batting line up that can score in excess of 350 runs on a regular basis.
The 15-man squad of Bangladesh team is led by Captian Mashrafe Mortaza followed by Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Mushfiqu Rahim, Mahmudullah, Mohammad Mithun, Sabbir Rahman. Mehedi Hasan Miraz, Soumya Sarkar, Rubel Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mosaddek Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman and Abu Jayed.
Success of Bangladesh in recent times has been built upon outstanding performance against the “bigger” nations. Having defeated the Proteas in their opening game and giving a tremendous fight against New Zealand, team Bangladesh is in no mood to settle themselves as underdogs.
Bangladesh leads England 2-1 in all the World Cup matches they have played so far. However, there is a complete difference between the those English side and the current one. The current English side had dominated the 50 over format ever since their humiliated exit from World Cup 2015. They are currently the World No 1 ODI team. “I think this is the best team England have ever produced, especially in the World Cup,” the Bangladesh Captain Mortaza was told the reporters.
Weather is going to be the big factor in deciding the line-up for the team. Rain has been sweeping across England. English side, however, will have a home advantage against the Tigers.
Both England and Bangladesh have won their opening matches but were defeated in their second match respectively. England suffered an untimely loss against Pakistan. On the other hand for Bangladesh, loss to New Zealand was an agonising affair. Though England went down in last match, they seem to have an upper hand against Bangladesh in the game. However, none can strike down the spirited Bangladesh team.
Title: England vs Bangladesh Live Predictions
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