England will go into the match on an ultimate high. They crushed defending champion West Indies for 55 in their first Super 12 encounter in Dubai. The game was touted as a rematch of the 2016 T20 World Cup final but proved to be a disappointingly one-sided match. Although England lost four wickets in the chase, they were never really in any danger of losing the match.
As for Bangladesh, they go in having lost to Sri Lanka in a high-scoring encounter. Their batting did well as Mohammad Naim and Mushfiqur Rahim hit impressive half-centuries. Bangladesh would have been pleased with the 171 for 4 they posted on the board. However, their bowlers had no answer to an assault led by Charith Asalanka and Bhanuka Rajapaksa. Bangladesh had Sri Lanka in some trouble at 79 for 4 but could not capitalize on the advantage.
England’s predicted XI: Jos Buttler (wk), Jason Roy, Dawid Malan, Eoin Morgan (c), Jonny Bairstow, Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Tymal Mills
Adil Rashid, Moeen Ali and Tymal Mills all impressed with the ball against West Indies. Their batting though remains a concern. They would expect more out of Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali and Liam Livingstone all of whom fell cheaply in the last game. England skipper Eoin Morgan’s form remains a concern.
Bangladesh’s predicted XI: Mohammad Naim, Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah (c), Afif Hossain, Nurul Hasan (wk), Mahedi Hasan, Mohammad Saifuddin, Nasum Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman
Bangladesh will be reasonably pleased with their batting although they would want something substantial from opener Liton Das. The bowlers will have to ensure they keep England’s big batters under check.
--Renin Wilben Albert