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England hopes to rekindle their World Cup defense against Bangladesh.

England hopes to rekindle their World Cup defense against Bangladesh.

The defending ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup champions England will look to improve their performance in Dharamsala against a confident Bangladesh team.

Date and location: Tuesday, October 10, HPCA Stadium, Dharamsala

While their first matches in the Cricket World Cup went in opposite directions, England and Bangladesh will know that there is still a long way to go in this tournament.

Bangladesh would like to see an improvement in their batting performance. The team struggled early against Afghanistan before a 97-run stand between Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Najmul Hossain Shanto guided them to a six-wicket victory.

England would like to see an improvement in all departments. They are also hampered by the uncertainty surrounding Ben Stokes’ availability. This would imply that the team would most likely stick with the same batting lineup. The onus will be on the playing XI to get the team off to a better start than they did against New Zealand.

The teams have a good idea of their competition after meeting in a World Cup warm-up match in Guwahati on October 2. The teams competed in a 37-over match. England surpassed Bangladesh’s 188/9 in the 25th over.

Squads

England: Moeen Ali (c), Gus Atkinson, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Curran, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Harry Brook, Ben Stokes, Reece Topley, David Willey, Mark Wood, and Chris Woakes.

Bangladesh: Shakib Al Hasan (c), Litton Kumer Das, Tanzid Hasan Tamim, Najmul Hossain Shanto (vc), Tawhid Hridoy, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah Riyad, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Nasum Ahmed, Shak Mahedi Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Hasan Mahmud, Shoriful Islam.

Important Players
Adil Rashid of England

England would understand that if they are to do well in the ongoing Cricket World Cup, their spinners must show up. Adil Rashid has 41 ODI wickets since the last World Cup, and England will be counting on him to perform well in this tournament as well.

Though he didn’t shine against New Zealand in Ahmedabad, Rashid will be hoping that the Dharamsala wicket, which aided Bangladesh’s tweakers, will be more helpful to him.

Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh
While Mehidy Hasan Miraz was named Player of the Match for his brilliant half-century and three-wicket haul against Afghanistan in Bangladesh’s first Cricket World Cup match, it was Shakib Al Hasan who struck first for the team.

With the crucial wickets of Ibrahim Zadran and Rahmat Shah, Shakib (3/30) contributed to Afghanistan’s slide.

Bangladesh will be hoping that Shakib continues his hot streak against a much stronger England lineup, bringing in crucial breakthroughs at critical stages of the game. Shakib Al Hasan, who has over 7000 ODI runs to his name, will be an important contributor in Bangladesh’s middle order.

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