ICC Champions Trophy 2017 kicks off as England and Bangladesh will go up against each other at Kennington, Oval. England win the toss and elect to bowl first. It can be categorised as an unpredictable fixture where you cannot term the Bangladesh side as ‘minnows’ despite the hosts being favourites of the tournament. Both the teams have suffered huge losses in the previous games they have played. England lost comprehensively to South Africa whereas Bangladesh lost to India in the warm-up game by a big margin of 240 runs.
Eoin Morgan & Co will be looking to start off their campaign with a win which will give them confidence ahead of fixtures against Australia and New Zealand. They will be playing with every game as a knockout. With Ben Stokes in an excellent form, they are expected to dominate Bangladesh in the tournament opener. But, they will face a dilemma while selection, whether to include Jonny Bairstow in the squad or not.
On the other hand, Bangladesh have nothing to lose as they enter the tournament after a big gap of 11 years. Their batting is their weak link and a lot depends on opener Tamim Iqbal to perform up the order and Shakib Al Hasan to stabilise or finish the innings in the middle order.
Today is the day! We take on Bangladesh in the first match of #CT17.
Here is our squad for the tournament. Good luck boys! pic.twitter.com/RT0mbc5co9
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) June 1, 2017
But, the pitch will play an important role as it is usually a batting paradise. But, recently the pitch has been favouring the bowlers with the average run rate going down to 5.24 runs per over.
— Joe Root (@root66) May 31, 2017
Where to watch the live telecast of England and Bangladesh fixture on TV?
The live telecast of England vs Bangladesh Star Sports 1, Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 3 HD starting 15:00 IST.
Where to watch live streaming of England vs Bangladesh ICC Champions Trophy 2017 opener?
The live streaming of England vs Bangladesh fixture is available on Hotstar.
Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim(wk), Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain Saikat, Mashrafe Mortaza(c), Mehedi Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Imrul Kayes, Sunzamul Islam, Shafiul Islam, Rubel Hossain
England: Jason Roy, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(wk), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Mark Wood, David Willey, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Sam Billings
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