Bangladesh’s T20 World Cup Super Twelve campaign began with a defeat to Sri Lanka. Even after scoring 161 runs in the first match against Sri Lanka, the Tigers were unable to taste victory. The Sri Lankans easily outperform the difficult target despite poor fielding and bowling.
Surprisingly, England and Bangladesh have never met in a T20I before. They collide for the first time in the format on Wednesday, coming from opposite ends of the confidence spectrum from their previous match: while Sri Lanka’s new generation batters stunned Bangladesh with a superb chase, England trounced West Indies with a dominant show with the ball.
It is unsurprising that in a country where cricket is a religion, Bangladesh’s faltering World Cup campaign has drawn harsh criticism. Former captain Mashrafe Mortaza said in a Facebook post following the team’s defeat to Sri Lanka on Sunday (October 24) that the team’s coaching staff was a “rehab center” and “the resort for all South African coaches looking for employment.” Liton Das, who dropped two crucial catches against Sri Lanka, has also come under fire in the aftermath of the five-wicket defeat. Playing for Bangladesh is no easy task, to say the least.
With this Bangladesh side, there are a lot of ifs, buts, and maybes. They have some talent, but they are inconsistent and prone to errors and miscalculations. England, on the other hand, is a well-oiled machine with plenty of players who can influence games at this level, as they demonstrated against the West Indies. It would be surprising if they got stuck in Abu Dhabi.
T20 World Cup: Team News
Bangladesh may recall Taskin Ahmed in place of Mohammad Saifuddin, who has been ruled out of the rest of the tournament due to injury. Soumya Sarkar, Shamim Hossain, and Shoriful Islam remain on the bench as Bangladesh appears set to stick with their tried-and-tested lineup.
Possible XI: 1 Mohammad Naim, 2 Liton Das/ Soumya Sarkar, 3 Shakib Al Hasan, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim, 5 Mahmudullah (capt), 6 Afif Hossain, 7 Nurul Hasan (wk), 8 Mahedi Hasan, 9 Nasum Ahmed, 10 Taskin Ahmed, 11 Mustafizur Rahman
England, the No. 1 ranked T20I side, will thus approach their match against the Tigers in Abu Dhabi with caution, not underestimating the challenge.
Mark Wood missed England’s first game due to a niggle in his left ankle sustained during the warm-up match against New Zealand. England expects him to be available for selection but may not risk him at this early stage of the tournament. Malan is expected to return to No. 3 unless England selects an extra seamer.
Possible XI: 1 Jason Roy, 2 Jos Buttler (wk), 3 Dawid Malan, 4 Jonny Bairstow, 5 Liam Livingstone, 6 Eoin Morgan, 7 Moeen Ali, 8 Chris Woakes, 9 Chris Jordan, 10 Adil Rashid, 11 Tymal Mills/Mark Wood
T20I Head-to-Head: The stars of England and Bangladesh have played with and against each other in T20 leagues around the world in this era of T20 cricket. However, the national teams have never played each other in a men’s T20I.
T20 World Cup: Bangladesh Vs England
When: Bangladesh vs England will start at 4:00 PM today (27th October)
Where: The match will be held at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi.
Where I can watch ICC T20 World Cup Super 12’s match Bangladesh vs England
- Btv (Bangladesh Television)
- Gtv (Gazi Tv)
- T Sports