ENG vs BAN Match. They would surely look to avoid a defeat, but for Bangladesh, this would be the perfect time to deliver another blow on England.

If there is a perfect picture of the ecstasy and agony, of what Ian Smith had put together for the 2019 World Cup final, the Adelaide clash between Bangladesh and England in the 2015 edition of the 50-over tournament stands as an epitome. There was stunned silence from the England dressing room as Rubel Hossain’s almost yorker-length delivery castled Jimmy Anderson, thus knocking the side out of the World Cup. Bangladesh broke into a wild celebration, joined by those who dug out, as the green and red flag waved high and long at the iconic venue. The win still stands tall in the echelons of Bangladesh cricket as one of their greatest cricketing days and it subsequently secured their maiden knockout qualification in a World Cup edition, while the England team was sent for soul searching. 

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The Lingering Impact of a Past Defeat: ENG vs BAN Match in the World Cup

Eight years hence, neither Rubel nor Anderson are part of the respective World Cup squads, neither do the circumstances stand similar, but fear of that horror evening in Australia still sits deep in the minds of the Jos Buttler-led England side. They would surely look to avoid a defeat, but for Bangladesh, this would be the perfect time to deliver another blow on England. Who has been left weakened after the hard-hitting loss in their opener against New Zealand?

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Why Bangladesh could repeat its 2015 feat? (ENG vs BAN Match)

The Shakib Al Hasan-led side did make an impressive start to their campaign in India, albeit against an Afghanistan side that largely looked clueless on the slower HPCA track in Dharamsala. Their 3-2 bowling attack worked perfectly, coupled with Shakib’s on-field calls which surely places them as a favorite to successfully pull off a similar against England as well.

If the new pitch, laid down for the second match at the venue, works in a similar manner, Bangladesh will have the edge. In fact, it might tempt the management to play a third spinner in either Nasum Ahmed or Mahedi Hasan for the match.

England fret over Ben Stokes absence

The star all-rounder, who came out of his ODI retirement for this World Cup, is yet to make an appearance in the tournament. He is confirming to miss the Bangladesh game as well owing to his continued struggle with a hip flexor injury. Harry Brook is certain to keep his spot for the Dharamsala match while England might look for an extra pacer in Reece Topley to replace Moeen Ali.

What does history say? (ENG vs BAN Match)

England is supremely ahead in the head-to-head rivalry with 19 wins in 24 matches, but of those five losses, two have happened in a World Cup meeting, leaving them level in the four encounters in tournament history, while one of them came in their very last meeting, earlier this year in Chattogram.

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