Bangladesh v England, 1st ODI, Dhaka February 27, 2010

Bangladesh can cause England problems

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Match facts

Sunday February 28, 2010
Start time 14.00 (08.00GMT)

Big Picture

Given England's less-than-stunning one-day international record it is an oddity that they are the only nation not to have come a cropper against Bangladesh in any international fixture. They have been tested on occasions, although each time have managed to overpower their opposition. They will expect to do the same again, but may not find it the easiest of tasks against a side becoming more of a threat on home soil and showing some encouraging signs of development.

Of course that has been said of Bangladesh before only for them to slip back into bad habits and they do need to support the feeling of improvement with some results. A tour of New Zealand and the seamer-friendly conditions on offer there is hardly the ideal preparation, but conditions in Dhaka won't provide any surprises for Shakib Al Hasan's men.

In Shakib, Bangladesh have an outstanding cricketer and one of premier allrounders in the world game. He now carries a huge weight of expectation on his shoulders - as does every player in this country - but unlike the team's previous star name, Mohammad Ashraful, Shakib appears to have the mental strength to cope with the demands.

In one-day cricket Bangladesh have enough skill to upset England if the visitors don't hit the ground running and take the contest seriously. With Andy Flower in charge complacency won't be an issue, but this isn't the strongest possible England team and Alastair Cook, the stand-in captain, is under pressure to ensure against any upsets. A defeat in any of the internationals will heap pressure on Andrew Strauss's decision to skip the tour.

England, though, have prepared reasonably well with, as in 2003-04, a focus on fitness along with skills. The two warm-up matches were won with ease as the batsmen, apart from Kevin Pietersen, spent useful time in the middle and the fringe bowlers were given a chance to stake their claim. They should have enough to withstand the Bangladesh challenge, but it isn't the foregone conclusion it has been in the past.

Form guide (last five completed matches)

Bangladesh LLLLL
England WLWLW

Watch out for...

Shakib Al Hasan is Bangladesh's star man, but their top-order batting also packs quite a punch. Tamim Iqbal can be a destructive batsman on his day, as he showed when crashing India for 151 last month, and the one-day game is made for his flamboyant strokeplay. However, as with most Bangladesh batsmen, it's about moulding attack with defence and that's an area Tamim doesn't always get right. Often Jamie Siddons, the coach, is left exasperated with a soft dismissal but there is immense talent oozing through that flashing blade.

For England, boundary-hitting early in the innings remains a problem yet to be solved and Craig Kieswetter is set for his chance to show he's the answer. It's been a rapid elevation for a man who wasn't in the squad a week ago and is now on the verge of an international debut. His form for the England Lions was strong, but it was the 143 in the first warm-up match which has made his case irresistible. However, his call-up has provided a headache over the wicketkeeping position although Matt Prior is unlikely to be dumped from the line-up just yet.

Team news

Mashrafe Mortaza, Bangladesh's leading pace bowler, may not be risked for the opening match despite coming through the warm-up game against England for the BCB XI following his latest knee injury. Spin is likely to play a key role in their plans as they aim to exploit a traditional weakness of England in one-day cricket. The top order is missing Ashraful, but Shakib and Mahmudullah have both been in productive form of late.

Bangladesh (probable) 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Imrul Kayes, 3 Zunaed Siddique, 4 Aftab Ahmed, 5 Shakib Al Hasan (capt), 6 Mahmudullah, 7 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 8 Mashrafe Mortaza, 9 Abdur Razzaq, 10 Shafiul Islam, 11 Rubel Hossain

How quickly England's one-day plans change. Despite a victorious series in South Africa they are set to have another new opening duo. One change is forced with Cook leading the team in place of Strauss, but Kieswetter's form has put the cat amongst the pigeons and he will force Jonathan Trott out of the XI. With Prior probably retaining the gloves - for now, at least - the only other major question is one spinner or two.

England (probable) 1 Alastair Cook, 2 Craig Kieswetter, 3 Kevin Pietersen, 4 Paul Collingwood, 5 Eoin Morgan, 6 Matt Prior (wk), 7 Luke Wright, 8 Stuart Broad, 9 Tim Bresnan, 10 Graeme Swann, 11 Ryan Sidebottom

Pitch and conditions

Cook expects a "fair wicket" with scoring likely to be easier when the ball is hard. Stuart Broad has said he will use plenty of slower balls and cutters, as he did in Sri Lanka in 2007, so it could turn into a battle of attrition. Dew could be issue later in the evening and it was often a problem during the recent tri-series involving India and Sri Lanka.

Stats and Trivia

  • In eight ODIs against Bangladesh, England have not really come close to a defeat. On the 2003-04 tour they won all three matches by seven wickets. The closest they came to slipping up was in the most recent meeting, at the 2007 World Cup, when England made heavy work of chasing 144.

  • In that last meeting, Shakib hit an unbeaten 57 and Abdur Razzaq, who could play here, caused problems with his left-arm spin as he took 2 for 30 - his scalps being Strauss and Pietersen.

  • Only two of the England side have played against Bangladesh before - Pietersen and Paul Collingwood.

    Quotes

    "In our conditions we play really well, we're a developing team and growing in confidence. England need to be at their best to beat us and they've left a couple of key players behind so I'm thinking that could be the difference, but we'll have to wait and see."
    Jamie Siddons, the Bangladesh coach, has the belief his side can prevail

    "There's a bit more pressure riding on it but I'm really looking forward to that pressure. It's a hugely proud moment for me."
    Alastair Cook is ready to lead England out in place of Andrew Strauss

    Andrew McGlashan is assistant editor of Cricinfo

  • Comments have now been closed for this article

    • Mazir on February 28, 2010, 8:03 GMT

      sorry for the interruption, but the trivia says only Pietersen and Paul Collingwood played against Bangladesh before, Actually Matt Prior and Luke Wright also played against Bangladesh National Side. Prior and Wright played against Bangladesh for their County Side Sussex in 2005 during Bangladesh Tour of England.

      http://www.cricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/209340.html

      Thank You

    • on February 28, 2010, 6:04 GMT

      tigers will be play for a win.n i think they can do it.. come on tigers.....

    • mahabub398 on February 28, 2010, 4:30 GMT

      yes, bangladesh can win. if someone knocking his best in bangladesh side.

    • arifur6members on February 28, 2010, 4:28 GMT

      Bangladesh Over Come a good moment, So i think Bangladesh must be bit to the england.

    • on February 28, 2010, 3:49 GMT

      Best of luck Bangladesh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Whiteice_Zenith on February 28, 2010, 3:44 GMT

      Well, it will be nice to see that the Bangladeshi batsmen play with responsibility and apply their skills. England is always weak in spin which will be the strength of Bangladesh.

    • on February 28, 2010, 3:37 GMT

      I think Kieswetter is going to break the record of tandulkar against bangladesh. No chance of bangladesh to win even a single match

    • on February 28, 2010, 2:54 GMT

      May mash in team. or it will be suicide

    • Asif-RS on February 28, 2010, 2:11 GMT

      It is funny that Bangladesh will have to play against two teams in this series....1st one is England and along side SA.........

    • on February 28, 2010, 0:32 GMT

      Bangladesh always have a chance to win but they don't go for it. If they can drop those nonsense play and cheap outs they can win. I think the problem is accountability and lack of responsibility. They don't think that they were given opportunity and responsibility on behalf of a country and they should take it seriously and honor it.

    • Mazir on February 28, 2010, 8:03 GMT

      sorry for the interruption, but the trivia says only Pietersen and Paul Collingwood played against Bangladesh before, Actually Matt Prior and Luke Wright also played against Bangladesh National Side. Prior and Wright played against Bangladesh for their County Side Sussex in 2005 during Bangladesh Tour of England.

      http://www.cricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/209340.html

      Thank You

    • on February 28, 2010, 6:04 GMT

      tigers will be play for a win.n i think they can do it.. come on tigers.....

    • mahabub398 on February 28, 2010, 4:30 GMT

      yes, bangladesh can win. if someone knocking his best in bangladesh side.

    • arifur6members on February 28, 2010, 4:28 GMT

      Bangladesh Over Come a good moment, So i think Bangladesh must be bit to the england.

    • on February 28, 2010, 3:49 GMT

      Best of luck Bangladesh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Whiteice_Zenith on February 28, 2010, 3:44 GMT

      Well, it will be nice to see that the Bangladeshi batsmen play with responsibility and apply their skills. England is always weak in spin which will be the strength of Bangladesh.

    • on February 28, 2010, 3:37 GMT

      I think Kieswetter is going to break the record of tandulkar against bangladesh. No chance of bangladesh to win even a single match

    • on February 28, 2010, 2:54 GMT

      May mash in team. or it will be suicide

    • Asif-RS on February 28, 2010, 2:11 GMT

      It is funny that Bangladesh will have to play against two teams in this series....1st one is England and along side SA.........

    • on February 28, 2010, 0:32 GMT

      Bangladesh always have a chance to win but they don't go for it. If they can drop those nonsense play and cheap outs they can win. I think the problem is accountability and lack of responsibility. They don't think that they were given opportunity and responsibility on behalf of a country and they should take it seriously and honor it.

    • Sunny_nz on February 28, 2010, 0:19 GMT

      i would like to believe bangladesh can win, but before bangladesh has let down some opportunities and until and unless they take those opportunities they cant be considered a formidable side....

    • RobTay14 on February 27, 2010, 22:28 GMT

      I'm from New Zealand and just had the chance to watch Bangladesh play. They have some good players, I'm excited to see Mahmudullah and Iqbal. Go Tigers!

    • mdjohir on February 27, 2010, 22:17 GMT

      really cannot wait at all to see tigers fight.i think bangladesh will wrap up this series.because of the mentality of our cricketers now a days. wish you all the best tigers***

    • Dr.Raza on February 27, 2010, 22:12 GMT

      Well alot will depend upon the outcome of the first match. Whoever wins the first match will win.Dont forget Ashraful is not playing

    • on February 27, 2010, 21:50 GMT

      Well, England are favourites here, no doubt. They created this wonderful game hundreads of years ago. On the other hand, Bangladesh is a developing squad, they started their international career only since the late 1990s. Let's NOT get too carried away. I will be happy, if Bangladesh can pull off victories in one of the ODI games and manage to win one T-20 encounter. It will take them at least another five years to get anywhere near teams like England.

    • shonkhochil on February 27, 2010, 19:05 GMT

      I think it's gonna be a very good contest.. Can't wait.. I also think Bangladesh will wrap up the series 2-1 :)

    • on February 27, 2010, 18:47 GMT

      Going to be a good match. Both teams have point to prove. England definately favourites and will be dissapointed with anything less than a 3-0 series win. Good luck to Bangladesh though, I really do believe they are a good Cricket team.

    • sawn on February 27, 2010, 18:01 GMT

      good luck tigers! u r gonna win the series inshallah!

    • Aju.Nair on February 27, 2010, 17:33 GMT

      I am sure Craig Kieswetter will be the future Wicket Keeper for England.Surely he will utilize his opportunity.I saw his batting for Somerset, in a match he played with Trescothik and made a century. A hard hitting batsman who can open the batting or can bat at no.3 This will stengthen England's Batting line up.They had given enough oppurtunities to Matt Prior,Ambrose and G.Jones. Now its the time for them to consider some fresh faces before worldcup. All the best to Craig Kieswetter.

    • Hirok on February 27, 2010, 17:14 GMT

      i think Bangladesh has a great chance to win the series.

    • on February 27, 2010, 15:09 GMT

      Just can't wait to see the encounter.....England favourite............ but i wish Bangladesh to wrap up the series 2-1....

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    • on February 27, 2010, 15:09 GMT

      Just can't wait to see the encounter.....England favourite............ but i wish Bangladesh to wrap up the series 2-1....

    • Hirok on February 27, 2010, 17:14 GMT

      i think Bangladesh has a great chance to win the series.

    • Aju.Nair on February 27, 2010, 17:33 GMT

      I am sure Craig Kieswetter will be the future Wicket Keeper for England.Surely he will utilize his opportunity.I saw his batting for Somerset, in a match he played with Trescothik and made a century. A hard hitting batsman who can open the batting or can bat at no.3 This will stengthen England's Batting line up.They had given enough oppurtunities to Matt Prior,Ambrose and G.Jones. Now its the time for them to consider some fresh faces before worldcup. All the best to Craig Kieswetter.

    • sawn on February 27, 2010, 18:01 GMT

      good luck tigers! u r gonna win the series inshallah!

    • on February 27, 2010, 18:47 GMT

      Going to be a good match. Both teams have point to prove. England definately favourites and will be dissapointed with anything less than a 3-0 series win. Good luck to Bangladesh though, I really do believe they are a good Cricket team.

    • shonkhochil on February 27, 2010, 19:05 GMT

      I think it's gonna be a very good contest.. Can't wait.. I also think Bangladesh will wrap up the series 2-1 :)

    • on February 27, 2010, 21:50 GMT

      Well, England are favourites here, no doubt. They created this wonderful game hundreads of years ago. On the other hand, Bangladesh is a developing squad, they started their international career only since the late 1990s. Let's NOT get too carried away. I will be happy, if Bangladesh can pull off victories in one of the ODI games and manage to win one T-20 encounter. It will take them at least another five years to get anywhere near teams like England.

    • Dr.Raza on February 27, 2010, 22:12 GMT

      Well alot will depend upon the outcome of the first match. Whoever wins the first match will win.Dont forget Ashraful is not playing

    • mdjohir on February 27, 2010, 22:17 GMT

      really cannot wait at all to see tigers fight.i think bangladesh will wrap up this series.because of the mentality of our cricketers now a days. wish you all the best tigers***

    • RobTay14 on February 27, 2010, 22:28 GMT

      I'm from New Zealand and just had the chance to watch Bangladesh play. They have some good players, I'm excited to see Mahmudullah and Iqbal. Go Tigers!