Bangladesh vs England, Match 7
ICC World Cup, 10 October, 2023, 10:30 AM IST, Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala
The ICC Cricket World Cup is up and running with all teams playing at least one match already. The second set of matches have begun and England will lock horns against Bangladesh on October 10 in the next 2023 World Cup fixture.
The match is scheduled to commence in morning with this being a double-header day as Pakistan and Sri Lanka are facing each other later. This is also the second match of the competition in Dharamsala having earlier hosted the Bangladesh vs Afghanistan clash last weekend.
Bangladesh will have an advantage going into this encounter having already got a hold of the conditions in Dharamsala. Their previous game against Afghanistan was also a day game which will keep them ready to tackle the early swing on offer for the bowlers. However, they will have to play their best cricket at any cost to have any chance of going past the defending champions who are playing an interesting brand of cricket for almost a decade now, and have previously dominated this head to head.
Meanwhile, England has travelled more than 1000 kms from Ahmedabad to Dharamsala to play this encounter. Thankfully, they have rested well with a gap of five days after their match against New Zealand which was also the tournament opener. Bangladesh is certainly a worthy opponent nowadays in the ODI format and clearly, England will be aware of the same as they won’t take the Tigers lightly.
When it comes to head to head in ODIs, England lead Bangladesh by 19-5 after 24 matches. However, the Shakib Al Hasan-led side defeated them in the last match between the two teams in March earlier this year when Bangladesh defended 246 in Chattogram.
But England had already won that series and thereby sealed the three-match contest 2-1.
Though we tip England as favourites according to our prediction, Bangladesh can shock them on their day like they did in 2015 World Cup.
Team Form, Last 5 Matches for Bangladesh: L-L-NR-W-L
Team Form, Last 5 Matches for the England: NR-W-W-W-W
BAN vs ENG match preview
Focus continues to be on Ben Stokes with his niggle. The man came back out of ODI retirement only for the World Cup, but his hip is creating problems for him.
It remains to be seen if he makes it to the playing XI. He had missed the World Cup opener against New Zealand. Apart from this, England are unlikely to make any set of changes only after one game.
It also goes without saying that they will continue their aggressive approach which has reaped them a lot of success over the years now. With the ball, Mark Wood’s pace and Chris Woakes with the new nut will be key for them to take early wickets.
Probable Best Performers
Probable Best Batter: Joe Root
Probable Best Bowler: Chris Woakes
Probable Playing XI: Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Joe Root, Ben Stokes/Harry Brook, Jos Buttler (c,wk), Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood
It is definitely not easy to replace a player like Tamim Iqbal at the top of the order and Bangladesh will need to back Tanzim to score runs.
The likes of Litton Das, Shanto, Shakib and Rahim pick themselves while Taskin and Mustafizur will have to be careful with the new ball especially against England.
Bangladesh might consider including Shoriful Islam for this match, given England's dwindling record against left-arm pacers. But they will also be wary of making too many changes early in the World Cup.
Probable Best Perfomers
Probable Best Batter: Shakib Al Hasan
Probable Best Bowler: Taskin Ahmed
Probable Playing XI: Tanzid Hasan/Tanzim Hasan Sakib, Litton Das (WK), Najmul Hossain Shanto, Shakib Al Hasan (C), Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah/Towhid Hridoy, Mehidy Hasan, Mahedi Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Nasum Ahmed/Shoriful Islam.
Second ball… SIX! ☄️
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) October 5, 2023
Pitch Report and Expected Weather Conditions for BAN vs ENG
Batting first is certainly difficult at this venue with the new ball moving a lot especially early in the morning. Hence, the team winning the toss will definitely look to bowl first. Conditions will improve as the match progresses. So, the first 10-15 overs will be crucial for both sides.
HPCA Stadium ODI Records
Total Matches: 4
Match Won batting first: 1
Match won bowling first: 3
Average 1st innings score: 214
Average 2nd innings score: 201
Expected weather condition: Winter season is setting in the country and the players will feel more of it in Dharamsala. The temperature is expected to be around 20 Degrees Celsius in morning with little to no chance of rain during the match at all, peaking at a high of 23 Degrees Celsius later in the day.
Read also: World Cup 2023 fixtures
Bangladesh vs England Dream11 Match Prediction
Wicket-keepers: Jonny Bairstow, Litton Das, Jos Buttler
Batters: Najmul Hossain Shanto, Joe Root, Dawid Malan
All-rounders: Shakib Al Hasan, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes,
Bowlers: Taskin Ahmed, Mark Wood
Recommended Captain: Jonny Bairstow
Recommended Vice-captain: Chris Woakes
Wicketkeepers’ category offers a lot in this match in our Dream11 Fantasy tips. Both Buttler and Bairstow are explosive batters, with the latter opening the batting. Buttler tends to go on an all-out attack as well even if the team has lost wickets in a cluster.
As for Das, he is an aggressive player and can go big on his day with the bat.
Shanto is in the form of his life and clearly, cannot be risked while Root and Malan are certainly big options to have if you are eyeing big runs. The duo will bat in top four for England who might make the bulk of the scoring if Bangladesh don’t strike early.
Shakib is always an asset given his all-round skills while Sam Curran will definitely pick a couple of wickets in the middle overs.
Chris Woakes is a captaincy option, especially if England are bowling first. His ability to swing the ball is second to none while Taskin Ahmed and Mark Wood are also brilliant picks to have in the Fantasy team.
Bangladesh vs England win prediction: England to win
England enter this match as favourites but Bangladesh are a dangerous side in ODIs format. Jos Buttler and his men will have to be cautious but for now, our prediction sees us tip England to win.