The Bangladesh cricket team is gearing up to take on England in the first T20 International of the three-match series. The match will be held at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram on Thursday. After losing the first two One Day Internationals, Bangladesh will be looking to make a strong comeback in the T20 series.
England has dominated Bangladesh in the ongoing tour by winning the ODI series by 2-1. In the first ODI, the hosts scored only 209 runs in the first innings, thanks to a brilliant performance by the English bowlers. Dawid Malan earned the man of the match award for his knock of 114 runs off 145 balls. In the second game, England batted first and scored a massive 326 runs, with Jason Roy and Jos Buttler adding 132 and 76 runs, respectively. Bangladesh ended up with just 194 runs, with Sam Curran and Adil Rashid picking up four wickets each. The Tigers finally recorded their first win in the final game, winning by 50 runs due to Shakib Al Hasan’s contributions with both bat and ball.
England and Bangladesh have faced each other only once in T20 Internationals, during the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021, where England defeated the Tigers by eight wickets. The Englishmen restricted the Bangladesh cricket team to 124 runs in the allotted 20 overs and then chased it down within 14.1 overs.
The Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram has traditionally been a challenging venue for batsmen due to the slow and turning nature of the pitch. As a result, spinners are expected to play a crucial role in the outcome of the match. Bangladesh will be heavily reliant on Shakib Al Hasan, who has been their standout performer in recent times. His contributions with both bat and ball will be critical to Bangladesh’s chances of success in the series.
On the other hand, England has a well-balanced team with quality players in all departments. Jos Buttler, who will lead the side in the absence of Eoin Morgan, will be looking to continue his excellent form in the T20 format. Dawid Malan, who has been a consistent performer for England in T20s, will be another key player to watch out for.
In conclusion, the first T20 International between Bangladesh and England promises to be an exciting encounter, with both teams looking to start the series on a winning note. While England will be the favorites, Bangladesh will be hoping to put up a strong fight and register their first T20 victory against England.
Bangladesh vs England 1st T20I Probable Playing XIs
Bangladesh’s predicted playing XI for the T20 series includes Litton Das as captain, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Nurul Hasan, Shakib Al Hasan, Nasum Ahmed, Mahmudullah, Afif Hossain, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taskin Ahmed, Rony Talukdar, and Mustafizur Rahman.
England’s playing XI is expected to consist of Jos Buttler as captain, Philip Salt, Dawid Malan, Ben Duckett, Will Jacks, Sam Curran, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Rehan Ahmed, Adil Rashid, and Jofra Archer.