Tigers host Lions as cricket fever returns

Tigers host Lions as cricket fever returns

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Dhaka, Oct 6 (UNB) – Bangladesh will play England in the 1st ODI of a three-match series at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium (SBNCS) in Mirpur on Friday.The day-night match will start at 2:30pm. Satellite channel Gazi TV will telecast the match live.
In 16 previous ODI meetings between the two sides, England do enjoy an overwhelming win-loss record of 13-3. But all three of those
Bangladeshi victories have come in their last five encounters,including two crunch games in consecutive World Cups,UNB News Agency Reported.
Possibly the most memorable game between the two sides was their last one, during the 2015 ICC World Cup. With both sides needing a win in their last group stage fixture, it was the young-and-upcoming Tigers of Bangladesh who held their nerve as night fell over the historic Adelaide Oval, securing a 15-run victory as Bangladesh qualified for their first-ever ICC World Cup quarter-final.Yet despite six bilateral series victories at home on-the-trot under his captaincy since the impressive showing at the World Cup,Bangladesh captain Mashrafe bin Mortaza expects a tough fight,rejecting outright the ‘favourites’ tag ahead of the series.”New series, new thoughts. England is among the world’s best teams,so it will not be an easy series,” Mashrafe remarked at the pre-series press conference at SBNCS today.”We are confident, if we play without pressure weighing on our minds and continue performing at the level we reached in the last eighteen months, we can win the series,” the Tigers skipper added before signing off.There is a possibility of Test opener Imrul Kayes, following his swashbuckling 121 off just 91 deliveries for the BCB XI in the Fatullah warm-up, gaining a late entrance to the side to replace Soumya Sarkar at the top of the order as Tamim Iqbal’s opening partner.Visitors England will be ringing the changes from the last XI that England put out in an ODI- some of them are not even here. Upto five changes look likely, including James Vince replacing Alex Hales, and young Ben Duckett’s ODI debut. Both featured in the lone practice match against the BCB XI in Fatullah on Friday. Adil Rashid is also set to be preferred to Liam Dawson, who will be joined on the bench by Jake Ball and Sam Billings.England captain Jos Buttler said that he wants to show the way for his young side with his own performances in the series.”I think something I really want to try and do is lead from the front with performance. I’m desperate to do it. It’s a young and exciting squad and it’s down to me to stand up and lead from the front. It will be a very proud moment. It’s a fantastic honour to lead the side and to walk out as captain,” said Buttler, who will be his country’s first wicketkeeper-captain in ODIs since Alec Stewart last did the job in 2003.”We’ve only played one warm-up game and had a couple of practice sessions so come tomorrow we will have to have that ODI intensity and hit the ground running. A couple of times in recent series we haven’t started as well as we’d like to so that’s something everyone is very aware of,” Buttler added.The 2nd ODI is scheduled to be held at SBNCS on October 9 while the
3rd at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on October 12.Bangladesh squad (probable): Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes/Soumya Sarkar,Sabbir Rahman, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah Riyad,Mosaddek Hossain, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza (captain), Mosharraf Hossain Rubel, Shafiul Islam and Taskin Ahmed.England squad (probable): Jason Roy, James Vince, Ben Duckett, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (captain), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes,David Willey, Liam Plunkett and Adil Rashid.

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