After facing a close defeat against Pakistan, England will be looking to get back to the winning ways against Bangladesh when the two teams meet at the Cardiff Wales Stadium on Saturday. England touted as favorites for lifting the coveted trophy in the ongoing World Cup, but they suffered a 14-run loss to Pakistan at Trent Bridge on Monday.
While their bowlers went for plenty conceding 348 runs, England batsmen, who are touted to have the ability to chase any total down also failed to come out with an attacking performance which has been associated with them over the last two years. It was only Joe Root and Jos Buttler who kept them in the hunt with brilliant centuries that almost sealed the game until their lower order faltered.
On the other hand, Bangladesh failed to replicate their performance when they defeated South Africa in their tournament opener and lost a nervy battle to New Zealand in their last fixture. Their bowlers have been able to put up a fine performance in both their outings. However, against New Zealand, the Tigers couldn’t convert their starts and failed to take their team to a significant total. Here are some of the predictions for the game:
Some of the recent reports have suggested that Adil Rashid will miss out in this game and he will be replaced by Liam Plunkett. Certainly, England seemed to miss Plunkett owing wicket-taking abilities in the middle overs against Pakistan. Given the joy Sri Lanka’s pace attack had here against Afghanistan, an extra pacer would be handy. There’s also a worry that Rashid’s confidence and shoulder are suffering and, with the shorter straight boundaries, this may be the ideal game to pull him out of the fray.
Probable XI: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Jonny Bairstow, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood
Mashrafe Mortaza kept things a little close to the chest on this one. He said that they might make some changes but that would depend largely on conditions. There may be a chance that Mehedi Hasan makes way for an extra seamer. But then again, why change what looks a successful formula.
Probable XI: Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehedi Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Mustafizur Rahman
Fantasy XI Prediction
Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler (c), Tamim Iqbal, Joe Root, Shakib Al Hasan (vc), Mushfiqur Rahim, Jofra Archer, Mustafizur Rahman, Ben Stokes, Mehidy Hasan, and Liam Plunkett.