England Clear Favourites at home
GROUP A: ENGLAND VS BANGLADESH
VENUE: THE OVAL.
HEAD TO HEAD: PLAYED 19, ENGLAND 15, BANGLADESH 4.
England Vs Bangladesh Match Preview
England walk into the competition as the favourites. The English squad has been one of the most stand outs squad in the limited over formats in the last year and a half. As strong as they seem, complacency is one possibility that can settle easily. They take on the #6 ranked, but a vastly improved Bangladesh unit, in the opener of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 at the OVAL. The English team have been putting up massive targets— 400 has been tapped twice, while 300 has become the norm. Bangladesh on the other hand have nothing to lose. They sure can make a reputation for themselves, not as party dampeners, but as genuine contenders.
Ben Stokes has been shown the green signal to play the opening fixture, but his condition will be determined furthermore to check if he can rotate his arm as well. Johnny Bairstow who has been one of the most prolific run-getters for England in both tests and ODIs in the last 18 months has to wait for his opportunity as the Poms plan to persist with the squash-buckling batter in Jason Roy. There haven’t been any injury scares in the Bangladesh dugout. The squad looks finely balanced. England may be the favourites to raise aloft the title, but a game against Bangladesh isn’t a walk in the park anymore.
England field one of the most attacking batting line-ups of the tournament. Alex Hales and Jason Roy are all set to open. The incredible Joe Root walks in at one drop. At number 4, they have an ODI specialist in Eoin Morgan. At 5(Ben Stokes) and 6(Jos Buttler), they’ve got two of the cleanest hitters of the cricket ball. Also, Jos Buttler can go berserk with his stroke-play. At 7, they have the elegant yet destructive Moeen Ali. Woakes, Plunkett, Adil Rashid and Mark Wood can all use the long handle.
The bowlers also have been in fine form in the recent games. Mark Wood’s display in the game against South Africa was a teaser. Wood has been impressive with his pace and his direction hasn’t been wayward either. Wood beat Hashim Amla for pace; the ball hitting the grill of the helmet. These are positive signs for the home team as they look to consolidate their white ball operators. Adil Rashid’s wrist spinners might also prove constructive. Rashid is an attacking option and can also keep the runs under control in the middle overs.
The top 5 of the Bangladesh team pick themselves. Tamim Iqbal has been an approved match winner for them over the years. His partnership with Soumya Sarkar, who also is an attacking batter, has yielded them some high numbers. Sabbir Rahman, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib-Al-Hasan and Mahmudullah are the middle over nudgers. They also play the role of finishers.
The bowling department is undoubtedly excitable but also fickle. On their day, they can take down some of the premier batting line-ups but if the rhythm is disturbed they aren’t water tight. The skipper, Mortaza has been around for some time— his inputs, strategy punts can boost the confidence of the bowling unit. Mosaddek Hossain and Mehedi Hasan are the off-spinning options they have. While Mehedi Hasan has made an early mark in test cricket, Hossain has been a go to option in the limited over format.
England have got their noses ahead in tomorrow’s fixture. Playing at home gives them the added advantage, but it’s the batting might that settles the argument for once. In the very first fixture of the 8th edition of the Champions Trophy, it’s advantage England.
ICC Champions Trophy England Vs Bangladesh Expected Playing XI
PROBABLE XI(ENGLAND): Eoin Morgan(c), Alex Hales, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(wk), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, David Willey/Adil Rashid, Mark Wood.
PROBABLE XI(BANGLADESH): Mashrafe Mortaza(c), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman, Shakib-Al-Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed, Rubel Hossain.
England vs Bangladesh Dream 11 Team Prediction
DREAM XI for ENGLAND VS BANGLADESH: A 5-2-3 combination might be the most productive.
WICKET-KEEPER: JOS BUTTLER(VC)
BATSMEN: JOE ROOT(C), TAMIM IQBAL, ALEX HALES, SOUMYA SARKAR, JASON ROY.
ALL-ROUNDERS: BEN STOKES, SHAKIB-AL-HASAN.
BOWLERS: MUSTAFIZUR RAHIM, MARK WOOD, LIAM PLUNKETT.