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ICC ODI World Cup 2023: England vs. Bangladesh, 7th Match at Dharamshala Who will win today’s match between ENG and BAN?

ICC ODI World Cup 2023: England vs Bangladesh 7th Match at Dharamshala. Who will win today’s match between ENG and BAN?

Introduction

Currently, India is playing host to the ten teams competing for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023. England will play Bangladesh in Dharamshala for the seventh game of the tournament. Both teams need a victory here to have a chance at a successful World Cup run. Among the tournament favorites, England hopes to shock Bangladesh by defeating them. As game day approaches, coaches and analysts evaluate each team's relative strengths and weaknesses and the pivotal matchups to determine the winners.

England's Quest for a World Cup Title

Since they are hosting the tournament, England is already in. They have been in terrific form with the white ball leading up to the match, particularly in the one-day internationals. Since the 2019 World Cup, England has dominated in one-day internationals, winning series sweeps against Ireland, Australia, Pakistan, the Netherlands, and New Zealand. England will be tough to beat with dangerous hitters like Buttler, Bairstow, and Livingstone and powerful fast bowlers like Wood and Curran. Jofra Archer's injury, who is a crucial pacer, has been their main source of worry. England has assembled a strong one-day international team, making them serious World Cup contenders.

Bangladesh's Road to the World Cup

Bangladesh qualified for the World Cup by their ODI rankings. They have had an up-and-down ride in ODIs over the last few years. They failed to win a single ODI series after the 2019 World Cup until late 2022. But more recently, they beat India and New Zealand in ODI bilateral series wins. While Bangladesh does not have the depth of England, the presence of star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan and the experience of Mushfiqur Rahim makes them dangerous. They also have talented young pacers like Taskin Ahmed. If Bangladesh plays to their potential, they can upset stronger teams.

England's Batting Firepower

With a top order comprising Buttler, Bairstow, Malan, and Root, England's batting looks intimidating. Buttler is one of the most devastating white ball batters in the world currently, and his power-hitting abilities at the top will be crucial. Bairstow also provides an explosive option. Joe Root lends stability at number three with his classic batting technique. Livingstone, Moeen Ali, and Stokes provide a power-packed middle order. Overall, England's batting has all the ingredients to put up huge 300+ plus totals regularly. They bat deep, which allows the top order to play aggressively.

Bangladesh's Spin Strength

In sharp contrast to England's batting might, Bangladesh's main strength is their spin bowling arsenal. The talismanic Shakib Al Hasan and the experienced Mehidy Hasan Miraz led the spin attack. Both are very economical bowlers and wicket-takers in the middle overs. Shakib, in particular, has an outstanding record against England and will be Bangladesh's trump card with both bat and ball. Mosaddek Hossain, Mahedi Hasan, and Nasum Ahmed add depth and variation to the spin attack. On slow Indian pitches, Bangladesh's spinners pose a major threat.

England's Bowling Attack

The pace-bowling duo of Mark Wood and Sam Curran leads England's bowling unit. Both are capable of bowling quickly and have variety in their bowling. Wood, in particular, will be a key wicket-taker with his sheer pace and bounce. Chris Woakes and David Willey offer swing with the new ball and variations in death overs. Adil Rashid's leg-spin gives captain Buttler wicket-taking control in the middle overs. Moeen Ali's off-spin is also handy. Despite Archer's absence, England has all bases covered in their bowling and has the firepower to defend or restrict any total.

Bangladesh's Batting Concerns

While Bangladesh's bowling appears settled, their batting remains a big concern, especially against top teams like England. The side heavily relies on veteran Mushfiqur Rahim and captain Shakib Al Hasan for runs. Openers Liton Das and Najmul Hossain need to step up, while the middle order has also been prone to collapses. Players like Afif Hossain and Yasir Ali have shown promise but need more consistency at the top level. Scoring quick runs in the powerplay and maintaining momentum in the middle overs remains challenging for Bangladesh. Their batting must click as a unit to challenge England.

Dharamshala Pitch and Conditions

The pitch at Dharamshala generally favors faster bowlers as it provides pace and bounce. The average first-innings score here in ODIs is around 270. With spin also extracting turns later in the innings, it is usually a good batting wicket. The dew factor might come into play in the evening under lights. Considering England's pace bowling strength and Bangladesh's spin advantage, the pitch conditions suit both. The pitch should have enough for a fair contest between bat and ball. The team that reads the conditions better and executes their skills will have the advantage.

Key Player Matchups to Watch

Some key player battles will dictate the outcome of this match. One will be between England's Mark Wood and Bangladesh openers Liton Das and Najmul Hossain. Wood has the pace to trouble Bangladesh's top order with his bounce and pace. Similarly, Adil Rashid vs Shakib Al Hasan will be a fascinating contest with bat and ball. Shakib dominates against rate, but Rashid's leg spin threatens him. Shakib's duel with England's star batters will also be crucial with the ball.

England's Chances of Qualifying for Knockouts

As one of the tournament favorites, England will be expected to finish in the top 4 and qualify for the semi-finals. They have built a strong ODI squad with the World Cup in mind. The hosts shall be tough to beat at home. Their big-match temperament and ability to peak at major tournaments also help their case. A win against Bangladesh in the opener will set them up nicely. However, upsets and injuries could hinder their knockout qualification chances. Overall, England should progress comfortably if they live up to their potential and maintain consistency.

Conclusion

England has a better chance of winning because they play at home and have a more well-rounded team than Bangladesh. But England should be aware of Bangladesh because they have the bowling depth to counter England's spinners. Bangladesh can pull off an unexpected victory if their batting gets hot. However, England needs to be stronger in all areas to win. Fans traveling to Dharamshala are anticipating a high-quality game.

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