On the 5th of October, the 13 edition of the ODI World Cup will begin but before that, the teams will be busy playing the warm-up matches. On Monday, England will face Bangladesh in the 6th warm-up match at Barsapara Stadium, Guwahati.
The defending champions England won their first ODI World Cup in 2019 and will be eying to repeat history again. The team is well-balanced and has good depth in the batting department.
Bangladesh has always come out as a team that can stun a bigger opponent at any time. However, in recent times, Bangladesh has struggled on the foreign pitches. The top bookmakers in India have ODI World Cup odds with them.
Mustafizur Rehman has picked up 8 wickets in the last 3 ODIs at an average of 16.25.
The betting tip is...
Mustafizur Rehman to pick 2.5+ wickets
Skipper Jos Buttler would be looking forward to the warm-up matches as it will help his team to settle for the playing conditions in India. With the return of Ben Stokes in the team, England’s batting strength has received a major push. Jonny Bairstow, David Malan, and Joe Root will be opening the game for England with Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, and Liam Livingstone in the middle order.
Reece Topley, Chris Woakes, and Mark Wood will be responsible for the pace bowling with Adil Rashid in the spin attack.
Sam Curran will be in the spotlight as he has shown exceptional as an allrounder by picking up 12 wickets in the last 8 ODIs and scoring 177 runs at a strike rate of 107.27 and an average of 25.28.
All the players in England camp are fit and they will have the best possible playing XI in the warm-up match.
Predicted Lineup: Jos Buttler (c), Jonny Bairstow, Sam Curran, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Reece Topley, Mark Wood, Chris Woakes
Shakib Al Hasan will be leading the squad but he has a much bigger task to perform before the start of the World Cup. A series loss against New Zealand at home will definitely affect the confidence of the team and the skipper should boost the spirits of his team in the warm-up match.
Litton Das, Najmul Hossain Shanto, and Tanzid Hasan will be opening the game at the top order. Bangladesh has one of the most experienced middle orders with Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah in the team with Tawhid Hridoy and Mushfiqur Rahim at 4 & 5 respectively.
Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, and Ebadot Hossain will be responsible for the pace attack with Mehidy Hasan as their full-time spinner. Mustafizur Rehman has been in good form this year as he has picked up 15 wickets in 11 ODIs at an economy of 5.07.
Tamim Iqbal won’t be part of the ODI World Cup because of his back injury.
Predicted Lineup: Shakib Al Hasan (c), Litton Kumer Das, Tanzid Hasan Tamim, Najmul Hossain Shanto (vc), Tawhid Hridoy, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah Riyad, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Shoriful Islam
As the year started, England was struggling in the 50-over format but slowly and steadily, English have regained their form and now the team is at the best of its ODI performance.
Bangladesh, on the other hand, is struggling to score a win on the foreign pitches and the absence of Tamim Iqbal will definitely disturb the team’s equation. We predict a win for England in the warm-up match on Monday.