Bangladesh vs. England
|Date & Time||Saturday June 8, 2019, 5:30 AM (EDT)|
England 1.33 Bangladesh 6.00
England and Bangladesh come into this match level on points in the table after two games. Both teams won their opening match but then lost their second match which leaves them both with two points heading into round three.
England got their campaign off to a flier by thrashing South Africa by 104 runs at The Oval. Ben Stokes top scored with 89 and the pre-tournament favorites looked as though they would go on to claim another comfortable victory against the out of form Pakistan.
Pakistan had other ideas and despite England playing well, they lost their second match by 14 runs. Joe Root and Jos Buttler both hit centuries in that game but their efforts weren’t enough to guide their team to back-to-back victories.
Bangladesh won their first match in a surprise 21 run victory over South Africa. They batted extremely well and reached 330/6 from their 50 overs before reducing South Africa for 309/8 with some disciplined bowling.
They then lost their next match to New Zealand in another close encounter. Bangladesh batted first again but could only manage a below par 244 all out; a score that was chased down by the Kiwis with 2.5 overs to spare.
England and Bangladesh will both be looking to bounce back from their round two defeats when they meet each other in Wales on Saturday. Both sides will feel their previous matches could have gone either way and won’t be too disheartened by their losses.
Bangladesh have proved in their opening two matches that they can compete at this level. They came into the tournament as one of the outsiders but a victory against South Africa and a close match with New Zealand will make them feared opposition from here on in.
England on the other hand are expected to make the semi-finals and will not be shaken by their loss against Pakistan. It’s not often that two of your batsmen make over 100 runs and end up on the losing team.
There will be two of the tournament’s highest run scorers on show this Saturday. Joe Root has 158 runs from his first two innings and Shakib Al Hassan has 139 from the same number of matches.
Rain interrupted the match between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan in Wales earlier in the week and the stadium is well known for its poor weather. If rain affects the match on Saturday I expect it to favor England as they have the better T20 players in their ranks.
Regardless of the weather, I predict England will bounce back from their defeat against Pakistan and claim the victory of Bangladesh. The visitors have shown that they will pick up more points at this year’s World Cup but the hosts have too much firepower and should cruise to the win.