Result: England won the opener by eight wickets on the back of a stunning Joe Root century. Earlier Bangladesh had scored 305 batting first thanks to a Tamim Iqbal 100.
The 2017 edition of the Champions Trophy kick starts with the first game of the competition between the hosts England and the surprise package, Bangladesh, who face off in a bid to draw first blood on June 1.
Venue: The Oval, London
Time: 10 am local (2.30 pm India time)
At the time of writing, England are yet to feature in the three-match ODI series against South Africa, while Bangladesh are struggling in their tri-series against Ireland and New Zealand.
Both sides have shown remarkable improvement in the way they have performed in ODI cricket recently. More so since the finish of the 2015 World Cup, after which they have transformed themselves into teams to beat.
England are on a six-match winning streak but they did lose a very important series against India recently. Before that though they beat Bangladesh in Bangladesh, which would have been a major coup given their opposition’s recent ODI record.
Since the 2015 World Cup, Bangladesh have beaten Pakistan, India, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Afghanistan at home, before that series defeat at the hands of England. Unfortunately for them their away record hasn’t been too good but they do have the line-up to test the opposition.
This has a huge bearing on our England v Bangladesh betting tips mentioned below.
England’s playing XI will be dependent on how they go against South Africa in that three-match ODI series but their batting order looks more or less certain.
England’s expected playing XI:
Alex Hales, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler, Sam Billings, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Chris Woakes, David Willey.
Bangladesh’s playing XI will be more sorted once they have played their tri-series against New Zealand and Ireland and their warm-up games.
Bangladesh’s expected playing XI:
Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Mashrafe Mortaza, Taskin Ahmed, Mehedi Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Mossadek Hossain.
England v Bangladesh head to head in ODIs:
The two teams have played each other in 19 games and England lead the head to head 15-4. That is not too surprising but what definitely is, is that over the last seven games, Bangladesh are leading 4-3 on that head to head. Yep, what that implies is simple – England were 12-0 at one stage against Bangladesh before losing four of their last seven matches.
Their most vital defeat came in the 2015 World Cup when Bangladesh knocked them out of the competition, but can they repeat their showing?
England v Bangladesh betting tips:
England are obvious favourites but we believe Bangladesh’s odds of 7/2 are too good to resist: 7/2
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