Cricket World Cup 2019: England need Jofra Archer to blow away Bangladesh

We break down the group match between England and Bangladesh at Cardiff today

What is it?

2019 World Cup group stage match

Who is playing?

England v Bangladesh

When is it?

Today, 1.30pm (UAE time) start

Where is it being played?

Cardiff Wales Stadium, Cardiff

How to watch in UAE?

Tune in to OSN Sports Cricket HD or create an online account with Wavo for US$54 (a little less than Dh200). The account will provide customers access to two channels, OSN Cric Xtra 1 and OSN Cric Xtra 2.

What’s their head-to-head like?

Matches: 20

England won: 16

Bangladesh won: 4

Form guide (past five games):

England: LWWWW

Bangladesh: LWWWW

What they said:

Eoin Morgan, England captain, on his teammates' mentality: “We've remained in a head space where we believe we can still win the game, and that shows, probably a lot more to us than to our supporters. They see an exciting team the majority of the time and when we lose games, we want to see character. We want to see another side of our game.”

Mashrafe Mortaza, Bangladesh captain, gives England a backhanded compliment: "I think this is one of the best teams England have ever produced, especially in the World Cup. I think still they are in the right way, winning matches, and they are in good touch. But, on the other hand, obviously I know there was a little bit of pressure that the people are expecting that England will take the trophy this time."

Likely XIs:

England: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood.

Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 5 Mohammed Mithun, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammed Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza, Mustafizur Rahman.

Summary:

England are runaway favourites win today, but they will be mindful of a Bangladesh unit that is vastly improved and increasingly confident against the world's 'elite' sides. Both teams go into the Cardiff game having won their respective opening matches, incidentally against South Africa, before losing thereafter - England to Pakistan and Bangladesh to New Zealand. Conditions will favour the hosts, and they have a more explosive batting line-up, but they will need to send Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim back to the pavilion as soon as possible. Also, watch out for Mustafizur Rahman's incisive bowling at the start of their innings.

Updated: June 8, 2019 09:52 AM

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