Hosts eager to bounce back after Pakistan loss
Bangladesh are proving to be one of the surprise packets of the 2019 ICC World Cup after defeating South Africa in their World Cup opener, followed by a narrow-loss to the Black Caps. Both of Bangladesh’s games have been played at The Oval, however a change of scenery isn’t expected to throw them off course. Despite going down to Pakistan in their last match, England won’t be overly-concerned given they still scored 334/9 in a losing cause.
This match promises to be an intriguing one, or does it? Acknowledging Bangladesh’s passion and enthusiasm for the game, they may not have what it takes to defeat the host nation on their home turf just yet. From a glass-half-full perspective, Bangladesh has already proved they have what it takes to match it with some of the bigger names in International cricket, had they beaten New Zealand it would’ve been a whole new conversation altogether. As expected, Shakib Al Hasan has led from the front superbly so far with scores of 75 & 64 bating at No. 3. Perhaps Bangladesh’s most experienced campaigner, Shakib is in good company with the likes of Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah batting around the veteran. What’s even more pleasing is that neither fast bowling nor spin bowling seems to be their downfall on these English wickets. Chris Woakes worked overtime for his 3/71 against Pakistan, while Jofra Archer went wicketless for 79 runs against Pakistan.
It was a miracle Pakistan actually won that last match against England, hundreds to Joe Root and Jos Buttler should’ve been enough to get the hosts home in the end. It wasn’t to be, numerous failures throughout the batting order indicated that it was Root and Buttler v Pakistan, not England. Being restricted to single-digits with the bat in his last outing, dynamic-opener Jason Roy will be looking to respond in a big way at Sophia Gardens. Very-much in the same category as Martin Guptill, Chris Gayle, Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock, Jason Roy’s ability to score at a prolific rate with the boundary his biggest scoring outlet could see the Bangladesh bowlers struggle. Joe Root has started the tournament fantastically with scores of 51 & 107, he’s England’s anchor at No. 3 much like Shakibis for Bangladesh. “The fizz” Mustafizur Rahman will have to get the ball talking early if Bangladesh is to produce an upset in this one.
Top 4 fantasy picks – England
- Eoin Morgan
- Jason Roy
- Jofra Archer
- Ben Stokes
Wildcard pick – Mark Wood
Top 4 fantasy picks – Bangladesh
- Shakib Al Hasan
- Soumya Sarkar
- Mustafizur Rahman
- Mushfiqur Rahim
Wildcard pick – Mahmudullah
Predicted Team XI’s
England (possible) – 1. Jason Roy 2. Jonny Bairstow 3. Joe Root 4. Eoin Morgan © 5. Ben Stokes 6. Jos Buttler (wk) 7. Moeen Ali 8. Chris Woakes 9. Jofra Archer 10. Adil Rashid/Liam Plunkett 11. Mark Wood.
Bangladesh (possible) – 1. Tamim Iqbal 2. Soumya Sarkar 3. Shakib Al Hasan 4. Mushfiqur Rahim (wk) 5. Mohammad Mithun 6. Mahmudullah 7. Mosaddek Hossain 8. Mohammad Saifuddin 9. Mehidy Hasan Miraz 10. Mashrafe Mortaza © 11. Mustafizur Rahman.
Zak Varik is an Australian columnist/writer who specializes in the sports category cricket. With over four years of experience covering all sorts of cricket tournaments around the world, Zak has gained extensive knowledge in International cricket as well as domestic.
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