The World Cup fervour intensifies as England faces Bangladesh in the 7th match. With the early stages of the tournament already bearing witness to some captivating contests, England, fresh from a recent setback, confronts Bangladesh, a side known to have previously upset their rhythm in crucial World Cup face-offs. As Dharamsala gears up to host these teams, the stakes, memories, and strategies are all in play.
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Match Preview: England vs Bangladesh ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, 7th Match
ICC World Cup • 10 Oct, 2023 • 3,095 Views • ⭐ 5.0
Written by Anand Swami
The serene HPCA Stadium in Dharamshala is all set to be the battlefield for England and Bangladesh. With the backdrop of the majestic Himalayas, this venue is not just about picturesque landscapes but also has unique playing conditions due to its altitude and dimensions.
Moreover, Bangladesh's previous win over Afghanistan at this stadium gives them a slight edge, having shown their adaptability and prowess in Dharamshala conditions. Furthermore, Bangladesh's experience against Afghanistan, combined with England's need to bounce back from their previous loss, makes this encounter even more intriguing.
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Form Guide - England
England's form recently has been inconsistent, with their last five matches showcasing three wins followed by two losses. Their most recent defeat came at the hands of New Zealand, raising concerns about their form and strategy moving forward.
Their recent game saw them struggling, particularly in batting, with a mere 17% attacking intent, a surprising statistic given their reputation as the most attacking line-up in ODI history. The unsettling factor for England is the realization that they need wake-up calls at this stage, questioning their initial preparedness for the tournament.
Form Guide - Bangladesh
Bangladesh has had a mixed bag of results in their last five outings, with two wins and three losses. However, their recent triumph over Afghanistan at this very venue will undoubtedly boost their confidence.
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The team's World Cup performance, especially their notable victories in Chittagong in 2011 and Adelaide in 2015 against England highlights their capability to spring surprises. With memories from past encounters against England, Bangladesh enters this match with not just form but also a psychological advantage.
Players to Watch
Liam Livingstone, under the spotlight for England, needs to step up in the absence of key players. While his recent 95 not out against New Zealand was commendable, his overall batting form remains a concern.
On the other hand, Mehidy Hasan Miraz for Bangladesh has showcased his all-round skills, notably with a century against Afghanistan and critical wicket-taking abilities.
Another factor is Livingstone's eagerness, often resulting in him losing his shape in batting, reflecting a broader concern in England's recent approach.
England might see Ben Stokes sitting out again, with Reece Topley likely to get a nod, emphasizing their intent to bolster their seam-bowling attack. For Bangladesh, while they might predominantly stick to their winning combination, Mahedi Hasan's recent lively performance in the nets suggests he could be a strategic inclusion for the match. With previous matches in memory, both teams will be keen on fielding their best XI, ensuring they have the right balance to exploit Dharamshala's conditions.
Pitch and Weather Report
Dharamshala offers a fresh pitch for this encounter. Historically, seam bowlers have found success here. However, the sandy outfield poses challenges for the fielders and might limit rewards for groundstrokes. The nature of this outfield drew criticism from Jonathan Trott, Afghanistan's head coach, with players like Mujeeb Ur Rahman facing injuries here. Additionally, the weather in Dharamshala is cooler than in Ahmedabad, and the tight dimensions combined with high altitude could be leveraged by teams with the right strategy.
England (Possible XI)
Liam Livingstone, Jos Buttler (capt & wk), Reece Topley, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Jonny Bairstow, Harry Brook, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Joe Root.
Bangladesh (Possible XI)
Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mustafizur Rahman, Towhid Hridoy, Shoriful Islam, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mahmudullah/Mahedi Hasan, Shakib Al Hasan (capt), Litton Das, Taskin Ahmed, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Tanzid Hasan.
Bangladesh might stick with their winning team, but offspinner Mahedi Hasan's impressive form in the nets could challenge Mahmudullah's spot, who played a minimal role against Afghanistan after the 2015 heroics.
Dream 11 Prediction
Catch the live action of England vs Bangladesh on the Star Sports network, with multilingual commentary. For viewers in England, the match will be available for streaming on Disney+ Hotstar. The face-off begins at 10:30 a.m. IST on October 10th at the HPCA Stadium.
In Dharamshala, England strives to bounce back, while Bangladesh looks to maintain their triumphant stride. This encounter, steeped in historical significance and contemporary challenges, is set to deliver enthralling cricket. With each team bearing its past, present ambitions, and future goals, the stage is set for a captivating showdown.
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