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GameDay Squad Cricket Match Preview - England vs Bangladesh

Get ready for an epic showdown! Check out our Cricket Match Preview of England vs Bangladesh, featuring key players and predictions.

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Bangladesh come up against England in match seven of the ICC Men’s World Cup in Dharamsala on the 10th of October.


Bangladesh played Afghanistan in their first match of the CWC, and Bangladesh won by six wickets. Afghanistan started well and made it through to 112/2 in the 25th over before Bangladesh started to get the upper hand. From this point on Bangladesh picked up the remaining eight wickets in the next thirteen overs and restricted Afghanistan to 156 runs. In the run chase, Bangladesh was off to a wobbly start and were 27/2 in the 7th over. Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Shakib Al Hasan put on 97 runs for the third wicket and Bangladesh reached the 157-run target with 15.2 overs to spare.


The top performers in GDS for Bangladesh were.

Mehidy Hasan Miraz – 216 points

Shakib Al Hasan – 108 points

Shoriful Islam – 76 points

Najmul Hossain Shanto – 72 points

Mustafizur Rahman – 61 points


England played New Zealand in their first match of the CWC and were absolutely thumped going down by nine wickets. England put the Kiwis under pressure as they moved through to 40 without loss in the 7th over before losing their first wicket. After losing their first wicket, New Zealand were able pick-up regular wickets and ended up restricting England to 282 runs. England were off to a great start with the ball after dismissing Will Young in the second over but that’s as good as it got. They failed to really trouble both Conway and Ravindra as they put on a 273-run partnership, reaching England’s total in the 37th over.


The top performers in GDS for England were.

Joe Root – 91 points

Sam Curran – 79 points

Jos Buttler – 61 points

Jonny Bairstow – 43 points

Moeen Ali & Adil Radhid – 32 points


Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium & Pitch Information


HPCA Stadium has previously hosted five ODIs. Four of these have been won by the chasing team with an average of 203 runs being scored in the first innings across these matches. The pitch is likely going to assist the pace bowlers throughout the power play, and we might just see a few early wickets. In the four matches won by the chasing team, the teams batting first have lost a combined total of ten wickets inside the first ten overs.


This will be Bangladesh’s second game at this ground in the CWC and they might be able to adapt to the conditions quicker than England. Bangladesh won the toss against Afghanistan and put them into bat. I wonder if they will do the same today if they win the toss again!


Bangladesh vs England predicted XIs


Bangladesh: Tanzid Hasan, Litton Das, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Shakib Al Hasan, Towhid Hridoy, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mahmudullah/Mahedi Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam and Mustafizur Rahman.


England: Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Joe Root, Harry Brook, Jos Buttler, Liam Livingstone, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Adil Rashid and Reece Topley.


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Who to play in your GDS starting XI

Just remember that round five in GDS includes both the Bangladesh vs England and Pakistan vs Sri Lanka matches. The starting suggestions provided below only include my top selections for the Bangladesh vs England match.


Batters

The three batters that I am likely going to start will be Joe Root, Dawid Malan & Najmul Hossain Shanto. Over the last ten matches, these players average the following points based on the GDS scoring.

Joe Root – 28 points

Dawid Malan – 78 points

Najmul Hossain Shanto – 73 points


Root and Shanto were both impressive with the bat in their first games of the CWC while Malan was disappointing and only managed to score 16 points. Even though Root has been struggling for form recently, he still showed that he was still a world class batsman and scored 77 runs in the loss to New Zealand. Shanto produced a solid 59 not out against Afghanistan but he might find it tougher going against the England bowling attack. I’m going to continue to start Malan as he has shown great form leading into the CWC and has scored three 100s and two 50s over his last eight innings.


If you don’t have the suggested three players in your squad, I have ranked the remaining batters for Bangladesh and England in the following order. Harry Brook, Tanzid Hasan and Towhid Hridoy.


All-Rounders


The four all-rounders that I am likely going to start will be Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Shakib Al Hasan and Mehidy Hasan Miraz. Over the last ten matches, these players average the following points based on the GDS scoring.


Sam Curran – 82 points

Chris Woakes – 67 points

Shakib Al Hasan – 97 points

Mehidy Hasan Miraz – 82 points


I think picking the starting all-rounders is the hardest part of setting your squad for this match. I tend to favour all-rounders that bowl more as they generally score higher due to dot balls being worth one point in GDS. My top two all-rounders are Shakib Al Hasan and Mehidy Hasan Miraz as they are likely to bowl quite a few overs and they both bat inside the top five. Both these Bangladesh all-rounders were impressive against Afghanistan, taking three wickets each on the same pitch and are must starts due to batting so high up the order. Curran and Woakes round off my top four all-rounders for this match as it looks like they may have some assistance from the pitch being seam bowlers.


If you don’t have the suggested four players in your squad, I have ranked the remaining all-rounders for Bangladesh and England in the following order. Liam Livingstone and Mahmudullah/Mahedi Hasan.


Bowlers


The three bowlers that I am likely going to start will be Taskin Ahmed, Mark Wood and Adil Rashid. Over the last ten matches these players average the following points based on the GDS scoring.

Taskin Ahmed – 76 points

Mark Wood – 61 points

Adil Rashid – 69 points


The Bangladesh and England bowling attacks were only called upon to bowl 38 and 37 overs respectively due to the results in their first match of the CWC. Because of this, we don’t really have too much insight on how these teams tend to use their bowling attacks for the CWC. However, an educated guess would land me on the above three bowlers bowling close to ten overs each. If this narrative comes to fruition, I believe Ahmed and Wood are the best bowlers for GDS in this match. They are both likely to take the new ball and if the pitch does aid the seam bowlers, we may see some early wickets. Wood hasn’t played many ODIs in the past few years, but I’ve selected him based on his last three ODIs in India. Over these games he bowled 22 overs coming away with five wickets and an average of 3 dots per over. This comes to a GDS average of 80 points per game.

It’s a coin flip for me between Rashid and Islam as my third starting bowler. I’m leaning to Rashid only because I think he’s more likely to bowl his ten overs than Islam is. If Bangladesh bowl first, I may change my mind and start Islam above Rashid.


If you don’t have the suggested three players in your squad, I have ranked the remaining bowlers for Bangladesh and England in the following order. Shoriful Islam, Reece Topley and Mustafizur Rahman.


Wicket Keeper


The wicket keeper that I am likely going to start will be Jos Buttler. Over the last ten matches the wicket keepers from these teams average the following points based on the GDS scoring.


Jos Buttler – 86 points

Mushfiqur Rahim – 42 points

Jonny Bairstow – 30 points


Buttler is the only option in my opinion. He is England’s first choice wicket keeper and that rules Bairstow out. As we can see by the averages, Buttler has out produced Rahim by an average of 44 points per match over their last ten ODIs. Buttler offers a far higher ceiling.


 

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