Date: October 27, 2021
Time: 3:30 PM IST
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
England and Bangladesh will lock horns in Match 20 of the T20 World Cup 2021. England thrashed West Indies by six wickets in their 1st match of the tournament. Meanwhile, Bangladesh suffered a narrow defeat in their first match of the Super 12 stage at the hands of Sri Lanka in a hard-fought contest.
Head to Head: Never played against each other in T20Is
The pitch will favour the batters slightly but scoring runs won't be that easy on a sluggish pitch. If the batters can settle in and build their innings steadily, they can go on to play a big innings. Pacers and spinners are expected to get some assistance from this pitch.
The Three Lions were absolutely superb in their campaign opener against West Indies. The defending champions were blown away by England's disciplined bowling attack which comprised of Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid and Tymal Mills. Rashid took four wickets for two runs in a spell of 2.2 overs while Mills and Moeen Ali took a couple each. Chris Woakes and Chris Jordan also got one wicket each. The Caribbean side were all-out for only 55 and England ended up winning the match with 11.4 overs to spare.
England's batting lineup also looks solid with the presence of destructive batters like Jason Roy, Jos Buttler, Liam Livingstone and Jonny Bairstow. However, skipper Eoin Morgan’s patchy form will be a big cause of concern for the team management.
Bangladesh will be keen to bounce back after their narrow defeat against Sri Lanka. Mohammad Naim and Mushfiqur Rahim played brilliantly for Bangladesh as the duo smashed half-centuries. They will definitely again be the main men along with Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah. In the bowling department, spinners Mahedi Hasan and Shakib have bowled well. However, pace bowlers Mohammad Saifuddin, Mustafizur Rahman need to perform better.
England: Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jonathan Bairstow, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Tymal Mills, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.
Bangladesh: Mohammad Naim, Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah(c), Afif Hossain, Nurul Hasan(w), Mohammad Saifuddin, Mahedi Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Shoriful Islam, Shamim Hossain, Nasum Ahmed, Soumya Sarkar
Conclusion: England, West Indies, South Africa and Australia will be the front-runners to progress to semis from this Group 1. The fight for the top two places in the group is expected to be a close battle between these four teams. As a result, each match will be of great significance in this group and no team can afford to get complacent. Coming to this match, England are the favourites to emerge victorious due to their spectacular performance in the last match.
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