Hosts England take on upstart Bangladesh on Saturday, June 8, 2019, in the 2019 ICC World Cup at the Cardiff Wales Center in Cardiff, the Capital of Wales.
Both England and Bangladesh won their World won their opening matches ts the 2019 ICC World Cup. Both played South Africa in their opening matches. The World Cup hosts played their second game of the tournament against Pakistan on Sunday. England suffered a setback in their second match, a Sunday loss to upstart Pakistan. Bangladesh plays its second game against New Zealand on June 5th.
England is desperate to win this tournament and win in this format, especially after they have won 15 out of their last 19 ODI series. As the hosts and the cricket betting favorites to win it all, the pressure is on but as the #1 ODI ranked Cricket team in the world, England has the tools to win it all. Bairstow is coming off a strong outing at the IPL, Morgan is their top ODI scorer, Ben Stroke is a run accumulator while Joss Butler is a destructive batsman.
Eoin Morgan (capt), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, James Vince.
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Bangladesh were quarter-finalists at the last Cricket World Cup in 2015 and they were semi-finalists in the Champions Trophy two years ago in England. Those said, this is a very improved the 50-over squad. They have one of the most reliable ODI openers in Tamim Iqbal, Mustafizur Rahman is immensely talented left-arm seamer while all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan gives them an added punch. However, this is a squad that finds winning away from home difficult. In five bilateral series since the last World Cup, they’ve won just once.
Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Liton Das, Mehidy Hasan, Shakib Al Hasan, Mosaddek Hossain, Rubel Hossain, Tamim Iqbal, Abu Jayed, Mahmudullah, Mohammad Mithun, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mustafizur Rahman, Sabbir Rahman, Mohammad Saifuddin, Soumya Sarkar
England opened their World Cup campaign on a high note after they defeated South Africa in their 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup debut. The Brits batted first and they registered a good total of 311 from their 50 overs. Ben Stokes was the main man for England as he scored 89 runs on only 79 balls. Eoin Morgan and Jason Roy both scored half-centuries.
On the other hand, Jofra Archer answered all the pre-tournament questions about him as the English paceman was incredible against South Africa. Archer allowed just 27 runs and took 3 wickets.
The English however, suffered a setback in the World Cup bid when Pakistan defeated England 348/8 to 334/9 on Sunday. Root and Butler kept England in the game in a high-scoring ground but the fielding was the difference in the game. If England wants to win the tournament, their fielding has to be more consistent.
Bangladesh also opened their World Cup bid on a positive note. They also beat South Africa in their opening match. Their batsmen displayed impressive form, especially Shakib Al-Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim. Mahmudullah Riyad finished the innings well as he helped Bangladesh score a total of 330. The batting was well backed-up by their bowling. Mustafizur Rahman led the bowlers with three wickets to seal the victory. Thee win over South Africa gives the team confidence moving forward. England’s loss to Pakistan only gives Bangladesh even more confident about themselves.
Both England and Bangladesh look in good form early in the tournament. Bangladesh looked exceptional during their opener and so did England. Despite the setback to Pakistan, the cricket betting odds still have the hosts as big favorites here. It was a well-played match and Pakistan had better fielding on Sunday. Bangladesh is a decent squad but against England, they lack the depth that their opponents have throughout their batting order. England has also had the more balanced squad and it looks early on that they have all the bases covered. I think they will bounce back from the loss and beat Bangladesh here. Prediction: England