England vs Bangladesh
1st game of Group A- ICC Champions Trophy to be played at the Oval at 15:00 IST
England be keen to kick start their tournament on the right note when they come up against Bangladesh. The hosts won their last series against South Africa as Eoin Morgan led the way with the bat to help the side topple number one ranked side in the world. England will be hoping Ben Stokes is better with his niggle and would like to see him bowl for them in the tournament. England start as favorites to win the contest against Bangladesh as the hosts have playing splendid cricket over the last one year. Bangladesh on the other hand are no more pushovers as the side has quickly climbed the one day rankings with good players in Mustafizur Rahman, Mushfiqur Rahim, Sabbir Rahman and Tamim Iqbal chipping with consistently good performances.
Eoin Morgan and co. will have revenge on their minds as Bangladesh was the side that knocked them out of 2015 World Cup game played at Adelaide Oval. Mashrafe Mortaza is confident of his side doing well in the competition after being placed in a tough Group A with New Zealand and Australia placed to compete for the two spots for the semis. England needs to put runs on the board if they elect to bat first while building partnership will also hold importance on a surface like The Oval that has witnessed high-scoring games in the last five years.
Bangladesh will be keen to produce a good show with bat and ball as Asian Tigers have firepower and talent to upstage England in the opening game of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017.
Head to Head Analysis: The overall record heavily favors England as they won 15 games out of 19 played against Bangladesh. The last time sides met was in World Cup 2015 where Bangladesh won against England.
Top Picks for Batting: Alex Hales the pick for England while Tamim Iqbal for Bangladesh
Top Picks for Bowling: Liam Plunkett for England while Mashrafe Mortaza for Bangladesh