Man of the Match: Jason Roy
Host England keen to make a strong comeback against Bangladesh
Our Prediction is England to win the match!
Host England will be keen to make a strong comeback when they will face Bangladesh in the 12th match of the Cricket World Cup 2019 at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff on Saturday. Both the teams will be looking to register a win in this match after suffering defeats in their previous matches.
England will be bitterly disappointed with a narrow 14-run defeat in their last match against Pakistan on Monday. Skipper Eoin Morgan will be hoping that the side can raise their game with the bat and ball against Bangladesh.
Bangladesh will be looking to learn from their mistakes after their close defeat against New Zealand in their last match played on Wednesday. Captain Mashrafe Mortaza will be hoping to put in an improved batting performance against England.
The home side will be looking to make a strong comeback against Bangladesh. Eoin Morgan will be hoping that the side can improve their fielding as they spilled a lot of chances in the previous game played against Pakistan.
In the batting department, the side will be relying on the likes of Jason Roy, Joe Root, and Jos Buttler to produce the bulk of runs. Jason Roy perished for a low score against Pakistan and will be looking to get runs in this game. Joe Root produced splendid innings for England and kept England in the hunt to win the game. He scored 107 off 104 balls with the help of ten fours and a six.
Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan, and Ben Stokes will need to contribute with decent scores for the side against Bangladesh. The batting trio failed to make an impact with the bat against Pakistan at Trent Bridge.
Wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler delivered superlative innings for England. He showcased his destructive abilities with the bat to take the game down to the wire. Buttler smashed a 75-ball 100 with the help of nine fours and two sixes.
All-rounder Moeen Ali struggled to get going with the bat and gave his wicket away at a critical juncture in the game. His bowling has improved a lot and was the pick of the bowlers for England in the previous game against Pakistan.
In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the new-ball pair of Jofra Archer and Mark Wood to produce wickets with the new-ball. Chris Woakes and Moeen Ali bowled well on a flat pitch at Trent Bridge. Ben Stokes and Adil Rashid leaked a lot of runs in the previous game against Pakistan.
Eoin Morgan (captain), Jos Buttler (wk), Jason Roy, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer, Chris Woakes/Mark Wood.
Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Liam Plunkett, Jason Roy, Mark Wood, AU Rashid, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler, Jofra Chioke Archer, Ben Stokes, CR Woakes
On the other hand, Bangladesh will be desperate for a better show as they are currently placed on the sixth position on the league table, but a win could lift them to the fifth position.
In the batting department, the focus will be on the likes of Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan to produce the goods for the team, as they’ve scored 97 and 137 runs respectively at averages of 48.50 and 69.50. All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has shown excellent so far in this World Cup and was the standout performer for the side against New Zealand. He scored 64 off 68 balls with the help of seven boundaries.
The opening pair of Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar failed to capitalize on their good starts. The duo added 45 runs for the opening wicket in the previous game played against New Zealand. Tamim Iqbal will be keen to produce a big score against England. Left-hander has not done much with the bat in the first two games of the World Cup.
Middle-order comprising of Mahmudullah, Mohammad Mithun and Mosaddek Hossain will need to contribute with crucial scores for the side in this game. Mohammad Saifuddin also chipped in with a cameo to help Bangladesh post a modest score on the board against New Zealand.
On the other hand, pacers Mashrafe Mortaza and Mustafizur Rahman will lead the bowling attack for this game. Off-spinner Mehidy Hasan Miraaz and left-arm orthodox spinner Shakib Al Hasan have done an excellent job for Bangladesh in the middle-overs of the innings.
Mashrafe Mortaza (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Mustafizur Rahman, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan Miraz.
Mashrafe Mortaza, Mahmudullah, Mohammad Mithun, Shakib Al Hasan, Mosaddek Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mustafizur Rahman, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan, Soumya Sarkar, Tamim Iqbal
The wicket will provide an interesting contest between bat and ball. The quick bowlers might something out of this surface. The weather forecast for the game on Saturday is going to windy with morning showers.
The bowlers have certainly dominated the proceedings at Sophia Gardens in this World Cup. From New Zealand’s Matt Henry to Sri Lanka’s Nuwan Pradeep, quick bowlers have done the most damage on this surface. Bangladesh will take heart from the fact they have won their last game played at Cardiff in the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy.
Both the teams will be looking to win the toss and bowl first on this lively surface. The pace bowlers will get swing and seam movement off the surface. Batting second might be better options as conditions tend to get easier in the second half of the game.
Host England will start as favorites to win this game against Bangladesh. The host nation has a lot of firepower in their batting and bowling department that might prove to be too much for Bangladesh.
Expect England to register a comfortable win over Bangladesh.
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