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ICC World Cup 2019: Bangladesh wins toss, bowls first vs England

AP
Published Jun 8, 2019, 2:52 pm IST
Updated Jun 8, 2019, 3:01 pm IST
Bangladesh has beaten the English at the last two World Cups, with the loss at the 2015 World Cup eliminating them in the group stage.
Captains Eoin Morgan and Mashrafe Mortaza (Photo: AFP)
 Captains Eoin Morgan and Mashrafe Mortaza (Photo: AFP)

London: It's Day 10 at the Cricket World Cup and there's already some pressure on host nation England heading into its group game against Bangladesh in windy Cardiff.

The pre-tournament favourite was jolted by a surprise loss to Pakistan in its second match, and another defeat to Bangladesh would leave it in early trouble.

 

Bangladesh has beaten the English at the last two World Cups, with the loss at the 2015 World Cup eliminating them in the group stage.

Like England, Bangladesh has won one and lost one of its first two games.

After the Pakistan-Sri Lanka match was washed out on Friday without a ball being bowled, conditions in the Welsh capital are dry but gusty.

Bangladesh has won the toss and chosen to bowl first against England.

While Bangladesh is unchanged from its loss to New Zealand, England has brought in paceman Liam Plunkett for allrounder Moeen Ali in its only change from the defeat to Pakistan.

The pitch is dry with a tinge of green, and there are short straight boundaries at Sophia Gardens.

Lineups:

England: Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (captain), Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood.

Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehedi Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza (captain), Mustafizur Rahman.

Later, undefeated New Zealand meets winless Afghanistan in Taunton.

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