Cricket World Cup: England vs Bangladesh
Venue: Cardiff Wales Stadium, Cardiff
Date: Saturday 8th June 2019
England will be looking to make a statement against Bangladesh on Saturday as they look to prove they are worthy of their tag as favourites to win the 2019 Cricket World Cup. The hosts have had a mixed back of a tournament thus far, looking comfortable as they beat South Africa by 104 runs in the opening match of the tournament, but then having their bowling attack taken apart by Pakistan.
Bangladesh started the tournament in fine fashion as they downed South Africa and they also pushed a much fancied New Zealand side down to the wire on Wednesday.
It will be interesting to see what approach Bangladesh take to this game. This is a team that has beaten England in consecutive World Cups and they have the advantage of seeing the tactics that Pakistan used to defeat England in devastating fashion last time out.
The key was the aggressive way in which Pakistan attacked England, using a combination of attacking bowling, athletic fielding, and driven fan support to claim a famous victory. This is an experienced and battle-hardened Bangladesh team. They have five players with more than 170 caps each so they will not feel any pressure.
England have regrouped after their Pakistan defeat and they need to come out fast in this game. The host nation always has a bigger target on its back, with the best way to counter that being an effective start to the match.
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Highest Opening Partnership: Bangladesh – 2.00
The England opening partnership has been something of a letdown through two games. Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow are great against pace, but they have lost early wickets to spin bowlers against both South Africa and Pakistan. Bangladesh is loaded with spin, so don’t be shocked to see an early wicket fall for the hosts.
Bangladesh Top Batsman: Tamim Iqbal – 2.75
Iqbal is a classy batsman with a history of playing well against England. Iqbal has proven to be solid against both pace and swing bowlers, something Bangladeshi batsmen don’t see that often, and he is worth a punt to put in long innings as an opener.
England Top Bowler: Liam Plunkett – 4.00
Plunkett is one of the most trusted bowlers in the England setup and he will be looking to prove a point after he was dropped for the Pakistan game. Expect to see Plunkett pitching the ball short, trying to tempt the Bangladeshi batsmen into mistakes as he takes the ball in the middle of their order.
England need to win this match. Both of these teams feature impressive opening batsmen and bowlers who can get hot and take over a match. The difference is that the hard slogging middle order of England has more runs in them than the same part of the batting lineup for Bangladesh.
England at 0.14 is the pick here.