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Bangladesh v England, 2nd ODI, Preview: Series on the line for Bangladesh

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England cricketers congratulate Jake Ball. (Photo by STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Bangladesh, despite being well-placed at 271 for 4, in a chase of 310, lost the remaining six wickets for just 17 runs to hand over England an impressive come-from-behind win. The hosts, who knocked England out of the 2015 World Cup, appeared to be cruising to victory when Kayes brought up his century alongside former skipper Shakib Al Hasan who hit a strokeful fifty. But, then things turned around as Ball took five wickets and Rashid four as the hosts scripted the memorable win.

With a 1-0 lead in the three-match contest, a series win will in the sights for England. For Bangladesh, winning the next game will not only be a matter of saving the series but it will also be a matter of maintaining the clean record they have at home since 2015. All these factors make the 2nd game a high-intensity affair and fans can expect an intense competition tomorrow at the Shere Bangla Stadium.

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Bangladesh:

The Bangladesh were left shell-shocked after the first game. But, now its time to regroup and think of saving the series. They cannot afford to lose tomorrow’s game and let England ruin the impeccable dominance they have at home.

The loss may force Mashrafe Mortaza couple of changes. Nasir Hossain may come in place of the young Mosadek Hossain to add more strength to the batting while Mosharraf Hossain, who injured himself in last game, may make way for Al-Amin Hossain.

They would also hope to raise their fielding standards as well. There were more a couple of dropped chances in last the game when Ben Stokes and ben Duckett were batting. The dropped chances hurt them badly.

England:

England, who will be pushing to secure the series, would be satisfied with the way they snatched the win from the Bangladesh’s hand. It reminded of the famous upset which Bangladesh created during the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup encounter in Chittagong. But, the last game had a sort of a role reversal with England ending up as the winning side.

Buttler will be mighty happy with the way his bowlers handled the pressure and never gave up till the end. Debutants Ben Duckett and Jake Ball had fantastic games. Spinner Adil Rashid proved his lethality and made the opposition pay for taking him lightly.

England also may make changes to the squad as Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow both injured themselves in the first game. Both are expected to be fit but no confirmation has arrived yet from the English camp.

Form guide (Most recent first)

Bangladesh: LWLWW
England: WLWWW

Probable XI

England: 

Jason Roy, James Vince, Ben Duckett, Sam Billings/ Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (W/C), David Willey, Adil Rashid, Chris Woakes, Moeen Ali, Jake Ball

Bangladesh: 

Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Sabbir Rahman, Mahmudullah Riyad, Mushfiqur Rahim (WK), Shakib Al Hasan, Mosaddek Hossain, Mashrafe Mortaza (C), Mosharraf Hossain, Shafiul Islam, Taskin Ahmed

Match Details: 

Venue: Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka

Time: 14:00 local (0830 GMT)

Telecast: Star Sports 4

Stats:

  • Tamim Iqbal has scored 4,948 runs and needs another 52 runs to become the first Bangladesh player to reach the 5,000 runs milestone.
  • Steve Finn has taken 98 wickets and needs 2 more to reach the 100 wickets milestone.

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