Cardiff, Jun 7: After a narrow loss to Pakistan in their previous game, hosts England will look to improve their bowling performance against mettlesome Bangladesh, in their third game of the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2019 here on Saturday.
The hosts, favourites, got a wake-up call early in the tournament, as they went down to Pakistan by 14 runs at Trent Bridge. While the batting still looks unblemished with scores in excess of 300 achieved on both occasions, it was the bowling effort that let the three-time runners-up down in their previous game.
There is little room for complacency for Eoin Morgan's side against Bangladesh - the team that brought an end to their 2015 campaign.
Bangladesh have put up a fine bowling performance in both their outings at The Oval. While they had South African batting under control for most part of their 21-run victory, a late burst against New Zealand almost saw them home.
The batsmen, however, could not convert their starts and failed to take their team to a significant total. Mashrafe Mortaza will expect his openers and the middle-order batsmen to shoulder some responsibility alongside Shakib Al Hasan, who has been in prime form.
As both teams move to Cardiff - a venue which has offered a lot of assistance to the new ball bowlers early on, things will only get difficult for openers from either side. England, with their recent form, pace attack and conditions in their favour, seem to have an edge over their opponents.
England: Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler (wk), Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, James Vince, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.
Bangladesh: Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), Abu Jayed, Liton Das (wk), Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan, Mohammad Mithun (wk), Mohammad Saifuddin, Mosaddek Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Shakib Al Hasan, Soumya Sarkar, Tamim Iqbal. (UNI)