Aakash Chopra opines on England’s World Cup 2023 clash vs Bangladesh
By SMCS - Oct 10, 2023 9:21 am
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Former India player turned veteran commentator Aakash Chopra feels England will have a tough road ahead in World Cup 2023 if they lose in their clash against Bangladesh. Both sides will play against each other in a day game in Dharamsala on Tuesday, October 10. The defending champions England lost to New Zealand by nine wickets in the tournament opener as well.

England team

In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Chopra said: “England have lost their first match and Bangladesh won their first match but Bangladesh defeated Afghanistan and England have come here after losing to New Zealand. You have slipped against New Zealand and if you lose here as well, it will be a bumpy ride ahead. The pitch that used to be there in Dharamsala will help both England’s bowlers and batters. The ball will come nicely onto the bat. It is a small ground but it will be interesting to see how they play.”

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However, Aakash Chopra expects England to post a massive score in favourable batting conditions. He elaborated: “The Dharamsala pitch looked extremely flat in the last match. It is still a day match, so there won’t be any issues with the dew. I feel England will play well here. They might post a massive total like 350-375.”

Shakib Al Hasan
Shakib Al Hasan is leading Bangladesh

However, Aakash Chopra added that Bangladesh have decent bowling, including Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Shakib Al Hasan, and Mehidy Hasan Miraz. However, he feels England will be at their aggressive best in Tuesday’s game.

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“Bangladesh, on the other hand, had a good last match. Everything went well. Shakib and Mehidy picked up wickets, and Mehidy and (Najmul Hossain) Shanto scored runs. If Litton Das also scores runs, it is a very decent side. It doesn’t look like they are a team full of superstars but they have the ability to become a superstar team. So I am expecting a slightly interesting match. We have had all one-sided matches thus far. It seemed like the India match would be close as you were 2/3 but you still won by six wickets and almost 10 overs were left,” Aakash Chopra concluded.