Last time when England faced Bangladesh at any major 50-over major event was in last world cup where England lost both their match as well as hope to win their first world cup. But things have changed now England along with Bangladesh is two of the most improved sides in one day international. England have very deep batting line up and can go upto number 11 sometimes. Bangladesh on the other hand will majoraly depends on contribution through their spinners. England recently won bilateral series against South Africa and will be high on confidence where as Bangladesh poor show against India in a practice match might be a negative impact. Both teams will face each other for the inaugural game of champions trophy.
What: England vs Bangladesh, champions trophy, 1st Match, 9:30 GMT, 1st June
Where: Kennington oval, London
What to expect: flat pitch which is helpful for batsman and expected to be high scoring game with weather being fair enough.
England: Johnny Bairstow is set to miss the first game and England will continue to play with out of form Jason Roy. Else everyone is fit only Ben Stokes will go for a fitness test if unfit Jake Ball is set to replace him.
Probable XI: 1 Jason Roy, 2 Alex Hales, 3 Joe Root, 4 Eoin Morgan (capt), 5 Ben Stokes, 6 Jos Buttler (wk), 7 Moeen Ali, 8 Adil Rashid, 9 Chris Woakes, 10 Liam Plunkett, 11 Mark Wood
Bangladesh: Rubel Hossain and mehendi Hasan will cut for playing XI in place of Taskin Ahmed and sunzamul Islam where as Sabbir Rahman can be preferred before Imrul Kayes.
Probable XI: 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Soumya Sarkar, 3 Sabbir Rahman, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim, 5 Mahmudullah, 6 Shakib Al Hasan, 7 Mosaddek Hossain, 8 Mehedi Hasan, 9 Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), 10 Rubel Hossain, 11 Mustafizur Rahman
Players in the Spotlight:
Mark Wood: in the second ODI against South Africa, Mark Wood announced himself at international stage by defending 7 runs in the final over. England needs an x-factor for the champions trophy and Mark Wood could provide them one.
Shakib Al Hasan: he has won the most number of man of the match awards for Bangladesh but haven’t won any since last year September. He is going through a tough phase in form and champions trophy will be a perfect stage to reclaim his form.
Match Prediction: England are the firm favourite to win the contest even though Bangladesh could provide some resistance.