Hosts England will start their ICC Champions Trophy campaign taking on Bangladesh in the opening fixture match at Kensington Oval in London of Group A.
Many experts have declared England the host nation as the undisputed favourites to win the tournament. But Bangladesh come with their own share of surprises. England will have to be careful against Bangladesh, who are more than capable of causing an upset in the opening game of the tournament. England and Bangladesh faced each other in the pre-quarters of the 2015 World Cup in Australia where Bangladesh stunned the three-time finalists in match and sent them packing.
Both teams, however, go into the game with disturbances to their overall plan. Both collapsed badly in their last match: England slipping to 20 for 6 against South Africa in the third ODI at Lord’s, while Bangladesh were bowled out for 84 against India in their last practice match at The Oval. These two results serve a final reminder that eye off the ball could be disastrous, especially in a tournament format that leaves very little margin for error.
The pitch has been favorable for batsmen and of late, most teams have managed to score more than 300-run totals on a regular basis. If bowlers can utilise the seaming conditions in England, the match could well be over.
Head to Head:
The two teams have faced off 19 times in international cricket in the 50 overs format of the game. England have a clear advantage, winning 15 of those encounters and losing 4.
Team England Squad : Alex Hales, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(wk), Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Chris Woakes, David Willey, Liam Plunkett.
Team Bangladesh Squad : Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman, Mushfiqur Rahim(wk), Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehedi Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza(c), Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman.