About the Match
With only 2 points on board, England will need to win the upcoming match against Bangladesh, who have 5 points from 4 matches and placed at 4thposition, on 9th March at Adelaide. Bangladesh finds itself in a comfortable position after beating Scotland and are the favourites to be among the top four teams in pool A; England has won its solitary game against Scotland and will be eager to clinch a win against Bangladesh.
England suffered defeat against Sri Lanka by 9 wickets in their recent encounter after the batsmen set a target of 309 runs; Ian Bell provided a bright start by scoring 49 off 54 while Joe Root capitalised on it by scoring his 4th ODI hundred with 121 off 108. Jos Buttler scored 39 to take the score to 309 but the mighty Lankans achieved it very easily. The bowlers lacked the penetration with James Anderson and Staurt Broad never looking lethal with the new ball; Chris Woakes and Steven Finn too looked wayward with their lines. Moeen Ali was the only wicket-taker but was unable to contain the batsmen in the middle overs. England have made it very difficult for themselves to qualify for the quarter-finals; but there is hope if they are able to win this match. Ali was outstanding in the game against Scotland with a superb hundred and set the foundation; Steven Finn scalped 3 wickets and was the pick of the bowlers but the players need to take their roles more seriously and start winning matches now. They do have the talent and experience to bounce back against Bangladesh in the upcoming match provided the batsmen do not succumb to pressure if they lose early wickets.
Bangladesh has performed well and their recent victory over Scotland by 6 wickets has given them a vantage position. They chased down a target of 318 with supreme ease; Tamim Iqbal got back to form with 95 off 100. He and Mahmudullah, who scored 62, set the tone for the chase while Mushfiqur Rahim scored 60 off 42 and Shakib Al Hassan posted an unbeaten 52 off 41; the two of them accelerated to get the scoreboard ticking and finally reached the target easily. But Bangladesh’s bowling in the slog overs is of concern; in fact, Shakib was the only one able to keep the opposition in check by bowling with good control and took a single wicket while Taskin Ahmed picked up 3-43. They lost their previous game against Sri Lanka by a huge margin, unable to chase the target of 333; the batsmen fell like a pack of cards and folded for 240. Sabbir Rahman scored 53 off 62 and Shakib Al Hasan scored 46 off 59 but the others failed to come up with a fighting performance. However, they are in a better position compared to England and have enough strength and ability to move forward in their world cup campaign.
England is under pressure and they need to win both their upcoming matches to qualify for the quarter-finals; Bangladesh on the other hand, needs to win at least one and they are fit to do so. Although Bangladesh will try to qualify with a win here, team England which is facing a do-or-die situation looks more than capable of beating Bangladesh in the upcoming encounter on Monday.
England, 1.25 @ Bet365