England, who started their campaign off with an impressive win against defending champions West Indies, will face Bangladesh in the next match of the Super 12 stage of the ICC T20 World Cup on Wednesday. England will have the upper hand in this Group 1 match but Bangladesh team has better experience of playing in sub-continental conditions.
Captain Eoin Morgan-led England registered a win in just 8.2 overs after bowling out West Indies for 55 in 14.2 overs. The match, which begins in the afternoon, will see the defending ODI world champions face the scorching heat of Abu Dhabi, where temperatures soar above 32 degrees Celsius in a humid climate.
However, the good thing for England is that the Abu Dhabi pitch is considered helpful for fast bowlers and in such a situation, Morgan may include Mark Wood in the team instead of a batsman. In the four matches held at this venue so far, three goal-chasing teams have been successful.
England’s team has reached the tournament without players like Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer and Sam Curran but all-rounder Moeen Ali has not let the trio feel the lack of this trio by bowling brilliantly. Against the West Indies, Moeen made two breakthroughs inside the power play and conceded just 17 runs in four overs with a maiden. This reduced West Indies’ score to 33 for four in the powerplay.
After this, Adil Rashid did the right thing in 2.2 overs by taking four wickets for two runs. Bangladesh team would like to improve their record in the World Cup of this format. The team has won only seven matches since 2007 with just one success against a Test playing country (West Indies). It will be necessary for them to take advantage of the circumstances here.
The team could not make full use of their legendary all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan in the last match against Sri Lanka. The left-arm bowler sent two Sri Lankan batsmen to the pavilion in the opening overs, taking the team’s score to 79 for four in 10 overs. By the time he came to bowl again, the match was almost out of Bangladesh’s grip.
England have a strong batting line-up, but their top order looked shaky in their chase of just 56 against the West Indies. The Mustafizur Rahman-led Bangladesh pacer would like to take advantage of this. Bangladesh have better fast bowlers like Taskin Ahmed, Mohammad Saifuddin and left-arm pacer Shorful Islam.
England: Eoin Morgan (capt), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Tom Karen, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, David Malan, Tymal Mills, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.
Bangladesh: Mahmudullah (Captain), Liton Das, Mohammad Naeem, Mahedi Hasan, Shakib Al Hasan, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim, Nurul Hasan, Afif Hossain, Nasum Ahmed, Taskin Ahmed, Shamim Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Mohammad Saifuddin. match
It will start at 3.30 pm Indian time.