The Defending Champions England will face Bangladesh in the first match of the doubleheader to be played at HPCA Stadium, Dharamshala on 10th October 2023. It promises to be an exciting battle as England lost their first encounter by 9 wickets against New Zealand while Bangladesh registered a 6 wickets win over Afghanistan at Dharmshala.
England will look to open their account while Bangladesh will look to continue their winning momentum with a win over defending Champions. Bangladesh will have an advantage of playing at this venue while Jos Buttler needs to play their best cricket.
Both teams have good quality players that can change the course of the game and help their side register victories.
Here we look at the 5 Players To Watch Out For
- Jonny Bairstow
Jonny Bairstow is a top-quality opener who can change the course of the game with his power-hitting in the first 10 overs. He looked in decent start putting pressure on New Zealand pacers and keeping them under pressure.
Bairstow can put enough pressure on the opponent and not allow the bowlers to settle. He will look to convert the start into a big score so that England posts a sizable total on a good batting pitch at Dharamshala.
He does not have a great record against Bangladesh in ODIs with 101 runs from 4 matches including the best score of 51. Bairstow would be hoping to display an attacking mindset in his 100th One-day international and make sure that England open their account.
- Najmul Hasan Shanto
Najmul Hasan Shanto had a superb outing in the match against Afghanistan. Chasing down 157 runs to win, Shanto looked in decent touch keeping the scoreboard ticking along with Mehidy Hasan Miraz.
Shanto made the batting look easy keeping the strike rotating and did not allow pressure to set on them. He remained not out on 59 and helped Bangladesh to a win. He would be looking for a superb performance against good-quality England bowling.
His role is to provide stability if wickets fall from the top. Shanto would be eager to continue his superb form against England and help Bangladesh register victory.
- Jos Buttler
The England captain Jos Buttler showed his class by putting pressure on the New Zealand bowlers, especially the spinners. He made the batting look easy keeping scoreboard ticking and did not allow bowlers to settle.
Buttler came to the crease after the fall of Moeen Ali’s wicket. He hit boundaries with ease and looked for a big score before Matt Henry dismissed him. The captain must lead from the front with his batting abilities and help England register a victory.
Buttler has a decent record against Bangladesh in ODI format. He made 385 runs from 9 matches (8 innings) with the best score of 76. The England team would be hoping that he comes up with a captain’s knock to ensure that they open their account on the points table.
- Shakib AL Hasan
The Bangladeshi captain Shakib AL Hasan led from the front with the ball against Afghanistan. He got the initial breakthrough by dismissing Rahmanullah Gurbaz. After the drinks break, Shakib then dismissed Rahmat Shah.
He bowled with great control not allowing the Afghanistan batters to score runs easily. Shakib ended with figures of 3 for 30. Shakib has a decent bowling record against England in the ODI format with 20 wickets from 17 matches at an economy of 5.02 runs per over and best figures of 4 for 35.
With the bat, Shakib AL Hasan scored 540 runs from 17 matches (17 innings) with best score of 121. Bangladesh would be hoping for another magical performance from their captain.
- Chris Woakes
Chris Woakes is a dangerous bowler in these conditions where it helps the pacers initially. He has grabbed just 4 wickets from 8 matches against Bangladesh in ODI format at an economy of 5.57 runs per over.
Woakes can swing the ball and will look to create the damage. His role is to pick early wickets putting pressure on Bangladesh’s batting lineup. Bangladesh has struggled against swing bowling and Woakes would be eager to do the same tomorrow.
Woakes would be eager to remove his performance against New Zealand and prove his worth with a superb bowling effort allowing England to register its first victory.