The first match of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 will be played between the hosts England and the minnows Bangladesh.
This match will be played at The Kennington Oval in London.
Although England is the favourites to win this match but Bangladesh are the unpredictable side so the hosts can’t take the minnow’s team lightly.
For England their confidence will be high after winning the series against the NO.1 ODI team South Africa.
On the other Bangladesh will be looking to play some positive form of cricket. The Bangla Tigers will play their first ICC Champions Trophy game after 2006.
Bangladesh played well against the Ireland and the Kiwis in the tri series competition but against England it will be a different ball game.
England is a very good side when they play at home, they have proved it many times in the past and against Bangladesh it will be the same story again.
In One Day Internationals England have an upper hand against Bangladesh. In 19 ODI matches played so far the English men have won 15of them and Bangladesh has managed to win only 4 games.
In England, Bangladesh has a worse record. They have just won 3 ODI matches from 14 matches played so far. At the Kennington Oval in London England and Bangladesh have played one match that match was won by the home team England. Against England in England till 2010 Bangladesh has won just won a single match out of 6 ODIs played.
It’s a long and tuff route for Bangladesh in this 8th edition of the ICC Champions Trophy. With England, they will be facing top sides like mighty Australians and New Zealand in their group matches.
The Bangladeshis played well against Pakistan in the warm up game but it was a bizarre show with the bat and ball against India. The Bangla Tigers will be hoping to put that performance behind ahead of their first match in this champions Trophy.
Meanwhile England will be hoping to continue their winning form against Bangladesh as well and Bangla Tigers will look to upset England at their home ground.
The English Men will rely on their captain Eoin Morgon, star all rounder Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes and Moen Ali with bat and ball.
The playing XI of England –
Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.
For the Bangladeshis all depends on how their players handle the swinging ball. They need their batsmen to step up against England. Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Imrul Kayes, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah and Sabbir Rahman will be the dependent batsmen for the Bangla Tigers. Mustifizur Rahaman, Taskin Ahmed, Rubel Hossain and Mendi Hasan will be the bowlers with an huge task for the Bangladesh with the ball.
The playing XI of Bangladesh –
Mashrafe Mortaza (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Imrul Kayes, Mushfiqur Rahim (wicketkeeper), Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Sabbir Rahman, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehedi Hasan, Sunzamul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed, Rubel Hossain, Shafiul Islam.
The match starts Live at Stars Sports Networks and Hot Star. Time 10:30 local 09:30 GMT | 3.00 IST.