In match no 12 of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, England will take on Bangladesh — the team that ended their run in the 2015 Cricket World Cup — as they hope to recuperate from the defeat against Pakistan in their second match of the competition at Cardiff Wales Stadium.
England, looked upon as one of the prime contenders for the World Cup 2019, which is being played on their home turf, endured a 14-run defeat against Pakistan at Trent Bridge on Monday.
Chasing a massive total of 349 runs, England lost early wickets. Yet, start batsmen Joe Root and Jos Buttler kept them in the chase with splendid hundreds. However, left arm pacers Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Amir guaranteed Pakistan’s triumph with their accurate and pinpoint bowling towards the end.
For the Bangla tigers, the bowlers have been in fine form but the batsmen, Bangladesh would like to believe, are still far from their best. Bangladesh, who defeated South Africa in their competition opener, couldn’t quite put up a similar show and lost to New Zealand in their previous match. The bowlers did manage to restrict New Zealand to a large extent but didn’t have enough runs to fight with, eventually.
At Cardiff, the pacers are probably going to get help with overcast and windy conditions to aid the fast bowlers and if that happens, England are probably going to receive the advantage.
England are likely to give another match to somebody like Mark Wood who can incredibly be useful in early overs alongside Jofra Archer, the leader of the pace attack.
However, it would be interesting to note how the England batsmen respond, especially the top order after it failed to chase down a total against Pakistan, despite having the resources to do it and having so much depth in their batting.
By and large, England will go in the match as favourites but Bangladesh have enough ability in the team to believe that they can beat any opposition if they play out of their skins.
Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza will expect his openers and the middle order batsmen to play with maturity and responsibility along with Shakib Al Hasan who has been in good nick in the tournament so far. They will be tested against a quality England bowling attack and their bowling will have to contain a batting unit which is capable of posting as well as chasing the tallest of totals in the game.
It is worth noting that in head-to-head clashes in World Cups, Bangladesh is ahead by 2-1, having won both of their last two encounters in this prestigious tournament, including the famous win in 2015 which sent England back home from the group stages itself.
Bangladesh will hope to make it three in a row in World Cup Cricket.
The match is scheduled to be played at the Cardiff Wales Stadium on Saturday from 3:00 pm (IST).
Where to view: Exclusive broadcast in India on Star Sports Network and Hotstar, in the UK on Sky Sports.
England: Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler (wk), Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, James Vince, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood
Bangladesh: Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Abu Jayed, Liton Das (wk), Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan, Mohammad Mithun (wk), Mohammad Saifuddin, Mosaddek Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Shakib Al Hasan, Soumya Sarkar, Tamim Iqbal