After facing an unexpected 14 runs drubbing at the hands of Pakistan, England will be up against another subcontinent side- Bangladesh on Saturday noon. The twelfth match of ICC CWC 2019 will be played between England and Bangladesh at Sophia Garden, Cardiff on Saturday afternoon.
Both the teams announced themselves in style with convincing wins in the opening fixture but faced unexpected defeats in the second encounter. The 14 runs defeat at the hands of Pakistan was a wake-up call for England who started their campaign with a massive 104 runs win over South Africa. The same was the case with Bangladesh who secured 21 runs win in their opening game against South Africa and lost the second game against New Zealand by 2 wickets.
While it’s good that the sides have seen two contrasting results in the opening two encounters, let’s see who has better control of the nerves when it’s most needed.
Competition – ICC Cricket World Cup 2019
Venue – Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
Date & Time – 08th June, 03:00 PM IST
Head to Head:
Both the teams have met each other 20 times in One Day Internationals. With 16 wins, England has an upper hand and will be the favourites to win the contest.
On neutral venues, the sides have met thrice. Two times England has turned out to be the winner while Bangladesh has managed one win.
In the world cup, both the sides have faced each other thrice – 2007, 2011 and 2015. Surprisingly, Bangladesh has won on two occasions – 2011 and 2015. In fact, in 2015 World Cup, it was Bangladesh that knocked England out of the tournament.
Pitch Report & Venue Stats
The Cardiff wicket has an even covering of grass that will provide some extra pace to the bowlers. The conditions too will benefit the seamers early on, so, the team winning the toss is expected to bowl first. The average first innings score at the venue is 223 and the two games played here have been in a similar fashion.
223 – Average 1st Innings
210 – Average 2nd Innings
Highest Total: 342/8, Lowest Total: 136/10
Highest Chased: 304/6, Lowest Defended: 169/10
Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Eoin Morgan (c), Adil Rashid, Jos Buttler (wk), Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Joe Root, Mark Wood, Jason Roy, Jofra Archer