The HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala will host the pivotal match between England and Bangladesh on Tuesday, 10th October.
Despite the contrasting outcomes of their initial World Cup matches, both England and Bangladesh are aware that the tournament is far from over.
Bangladesh, after a shaky start against Afghanistan, managed to secure a six-wicket victory, thanks to a 97-run partnership between Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Najmul Hossain Shanto. They will be looking to bolster their batting performance in the upcoming match.
England, on the other hand, will be aiming for an overall improvement, especially in the wake of uncertainty surrounding Ben Stokes’ availability. The team is likely to retain the same batting line-up, with the onus on the playing XI to provide a stronger start than in their match against New Zealand.
Both teams have a good understanding of their opponents, having faced each other in a World Cup warm-up match in Guwahati on 2nd October. In a 37-over contest, England successfully chased down Bangladesh’s score of 188/9 in the 25th over.
Jos Buttler (c), Moeen Ali, Gus Atkinson, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Curran, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Harry Brook, Ben Stokes, Reece Topley, David Willey, Mark Wood, Chris Woakes.
Shakib Al Hasan (c), Litton Kumer Das, Tanzid Hasan Tamim, Najmul Hossain Shanto (vc), Tawhid Hridoy, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah Riyad, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Nasum Ahmed, Shak Mahedi Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Hasan Mahmud, Shoriful Islam, Tanzim Hasan Sakib.
Players to Watch
England – Adil Rashid
Adil Rashid, with 41 ODI wickets since the last World Cup, is a key player for England. Despite a lacklustre performance against New Zealand in Ahmedabad, Rashid will be hoping for a better performance on the Dharamsala pitch, which has been favourable to spinners.
Bangladesh – Shakib Al Hasan
Shakib Al Hasan was instrumental in Bangladesh’s victory over Afghanistan, taking three crucial wickets. With over 7000 ODI runs to his credit, Shakib is expected to be a significant contributor in the middle-order for Bangladesh, and his team will be hoping for him to continue his good form against a formidable England side.