England vs Bangladesh: Who will return to winning mode in Cardiff?
Both of them suffered narrow defeats in their respective previous matches; Bangladesh were taunted by a 15-run defeat against New Zealand while England suffered a 14-run loss contesting against Pakistan. The Saturday’s match will be crucial to stretch the stride in the point table for them.
The tournament favorites and hosts, England bowlers conceded 348 runs against Pakistan, roughened by sloppy mistakes in fielding.
Bangladesh were enriched with some excellent display from the bowling side; defending an uncompetitive total, Bangladesh bowlers bounced back proficiently into the contest ripping through the Kiwi batting line up.
A missed opportunity of running out Ross Taylor early might cost them the match at the end.
Bangladesh have had happy moments in Cardiff. They beat Australia in the same venue back in 2005 and won against New Zealand during the ICC Champions Trophy in 2017.
But Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza admitted it would be a tough task to beat the hosts this time around.
“I think they (England) are one of the biggest side in this tournament. It’s not going to be easy, we knew that,” said Mashrafe.
“But again, if we can play our best possible cricket, you never know.”
England, on the other hand, showcased valiant batting especially on the part of Joe Root and Jos Buttler who hammered respective centuries in the previous match despite not getting support from rest of the line-up.
Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah Riyad, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Mithun/Rubel Hossain, Mehedi Hasan Miraz, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mashrafe bin Mortaza and Mustafizur Rahman.
England: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Jos Buttler, Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer and Liam Plunkett.