Can team Tigers turn the table on English Lions?
Host England is among the tournament’s favorite . They are on top of ICC ODI ranking . The mother country appeared in this world cup with all corners covered . Many think that mother country would go all the way through this time. Bangladesh despite its ascendency in ODI in recent times is at best tournament dark horse. They are not mere push over any longer . They are fierce competitors and on their day can surprise any team of the world. Against England Bangladesh proved a formidable opposition .
Bangladesh knocked England out of World Cup in 2015 . They won against them in 2011 at Chittagong . In Sofia Garden Cardiff where the match is going to be staged Bangladesh has never lost any ODI matches . It is the venue where Bangladesh beat Australia in a tri nation tournament. It is here where Bangladesh beat New Zealand in the Champions trophy. If history repeats itself England may not get its momentum recovered. What a sweet experience it would be if injured team tigers can cage hungry lions at Sofia Garden.
England and Bangladesh both won their respective first match pushing South Africa to the brink. Bangladesh lost a hard fought encounter against New Zealand and England lost to Pakistan. Thus match is going to be very important for both the team . England would enter a highly critical phase after this match. They would play against Australia , India and New Zealand one by one. They have lot at stake. Bangladesh can care less . If they play to potential they can hurdle across any opposition. With Bengal tigers and English lion leaking their wounds it will depend on which holds their composure .
England may try blowing out Bangladesh out with 5 pacers replacing Adil Rashid with Liam Plunket. Jofra Archer and Mark Wood bowls near 150 kmh , Ben Stokes and Chris Waokes also bowl at blistering pace . Wicket is small in straight direction but wide in square . Pacers would have some advantage than spinners . In that case Bangladesh must bring back Rubel the hero of Adelaide against England in place of Mithun risking to appear with a batsman less .
Bangladesh spinners Shakib , Miraj and Mosaddeq bowls on tighter length . They can strangle even English power hitters in the middle overs if Mustafiz , Saifuddin and Rubel strikes early . Mashrafee looked ordinary in the first too matches. Would he let better suited Rubel playing in his place with him rested ? If that happens Liton can play instead of Mithun. Inform Liton may be ideal in the top order adjusting batting position with Shakib slotted at five . Senior players must put their hands up for the cause of the team.
England will be desperate for winning the match. Bangldesh must exploit the situation as desperate team gets vulnerable
. Roy, Bairstow , Root , Morgan, Stokes , Buttler , Moin Ali , Woakes all are power hitters. England chased 350 plus scores against Pakistan in bilateral series just before world cup . Even Virat Kohli thought about England breaking 500 runs milestone in ODI. But Pakistan triggered chink in their arms in the last match.
Bangladesh has the quality spin attack and talented seam attack to test the best of English batting. Tigers would need bowling to a plan and fielding smartly to restrict England to chase able score a maximum of 320-325 . For that to happen Mustafiz needs his cutters going and Rubel his Yorkers . Bangladesh would need early break through and taking wickets at regular interval. Shakib , Miraj and Mosaddeq can strangle English middle order in the middle overs . But this would be tough ask. Bangladesh must bowl well in the death overs .
Now about batting. Bangladesh these days worries less about fast short stuff. Tamim , Soumya , Liton , Shakib , Musfique and Mahmudullah hooks and pulls well . All have many strokes square of the wicket . But the key would be rotating the strikes , running smartly between the wickets . England with all pace attack may find it difficult against experienced inform Bangladesh top order. For left and right combination it is suggested playing Liton at three and Shakib at five .
English pacers may take early wickets . Exposing Shakib early and risking his wicket early may be counter productive. Shakib is the key of Bangladesh success. Hope Bangladesh think tank can set batting strategy smartly. We may appear with 7 batsmen and four pacers bringing in Rubel.
Probable Playing XI:
Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar , Liton K Das , Mushfiqur Rahim. Shakib Al Hasan , Mahmudullah Riad, Mosaddeq Hossain , Mehedy Miraj , Moshhamd Saifuddin , Mashrafee bin Murtaza / Rubel Hossain and Mustafizur Rahman
England : Jason Roy, Jony Bairstow, Joe Root , Eoin Morgan , ,Ben Stokes , Jos Buttler, Moin Ali, Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer, Liam Plunket and Mark Wood
Weather of Cardiff as forecasted will be cloudy and cold. Rain will cease allowing full match. Such condition favors home team. But with Roaring Tigers matching Barmy Army in the terrace it will be a cracker of a match. The team winning will have noses in front. Particularly very important for the home side. Team Tigers at its best can cage English Lions.