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Cricket World Cup tips: Best bets for England v Bangladesh

09 Oct | BY Adrian Mills | MIN READ TIME |
Cricket World Cup tips: Best bets for England v Bangladesh

Adrian Mills has picked out three bets as England look to bounce back against Bangladesh on Tuesday.

Best bets

England Opening Partnership 50+ Runs @ 6/4

Mehedy Hasan Bangladesh Top Batter @ 13/2

Nazmul Hossain Shanto Over 22.5 Total Runs @ 5/6

England started their World Cup title defence with a crushing nine-wicket defeat to New Zealand, who chased down a target of 283 with more than 13 overs to spare last week.

Ben Stokes, the hero of the 2019 World Cup final, missed that game with a hip injury and is unlikely to feature against Bangladesh in Dharamshala on Tuesday.

The Tigers beat England at the 2011 and 2015 World Cups, but the world champions are strong favourites to outclass their opponents this time around.

Every England player reached double figures in their first game, but Joe Root’s 77 was the only significant contribution, so more ruthlessness with the bat is required against the Tigers, who beat Afghanistan by six wickets in their tournament opener.

Malan targets more success against Tigers

Bangladesh bowled out Afghanistan for just 156 in Dharamshala on Saturday, but the Afghans had made a solid start to their innings, reaching 83-1 before a spectacular collapse.

England openers Jonny Bairstow and Dawid Malan will be targeting a strong start against the Tigers’ new-ball bowlers and they look a big price to put on at least 50 for the first wicket.

Bairstow hit a six and a four off Trent Boult’s first over last week and looked in good touch, while Malan has scored five centuries and five half-centuries in just 22 ODIs for England.

One of the left-hander’s tons was a magnificent 114 not out in a low-scoring win against Bangladesh in Mirpur earlier this year and he could enjoy more success against the Tigers on Tuesday.

Mehedy relishing extra responsibility with the bat

Mehidy Hasan made his name as a spinner who batted at number eight or nine in ODI cricket, but the Bangladesh star has developed into a genuine all rounder.

He scored his second 50-over century against Afghanistan last month, having made 100 not out from number eight against India in December 2022.

He was promoted to number three for Saturday’s World Cup opener, responding with a classy half-century after the Tigers’ top two had been dismissed cheaply.

He also scored 74 against England in Bangladesh’s final warm-up game, hitting ten boundaries and he looks a big price to top-score against the world champions again.

Middle-order man Nazmul should be in the runs again

Bangladesh vice-captain Nazmul Hossain Shanto saw his side home against the Afghans, scoring an unbeaten 59 and he has been in fabulous ODI form this year.

Nazmul scored a couple of half-centuries in March’s three-match home series against England and his last three innings before the World Cup were 89 against Sri Lanka, 104 against Afghanistan and 76 against New Zealand.

He is a consistent runscorer in the middle-order, making 25, 73, 44, 117 and 35 in consecutive innings against Ireland earlier this year, so he should be backed to exceed a runs line of 22.5.