England will do well not to underestimate their hosts as they prepare to take on Bangladesh in the First ODI of their three-match series on Friday morning. The depleted tourists are odds on to win the match but that is far too short despite their impressive form in white ball cricket since the 2015 World Cup debacle…
- Bangladesh have won 3 of their last 4 one day internationals against England
- Bangladesh have won 14 of their past 17 ODI’s in Mirpur – Lost 3
- Tamim Iqbal averages 45.29 in all formats against England
|Friday 7th October – 9.30am||Odds||Won/Lost||Bet|
|Bangladesh v England 1st ODI|
| Bangladesh to win
|@ 11 / 5||
|Tamim Iqbal top Bangladesh batsman||@ 5 / 1||
|Moeen Ali Top England batsman||@ 12 / 1||
England will make five changes to the team that played their last ODI in September as the likes of Eoin Morgan and Alex Hales have opted not to travel due to safety fears, while the ever influential Joe Root has been rested.
The enforced changes will disrupt a team that has very little experience of conditions in Bangladesh and England rarely perform well on slow, spinning wickets, which ensures the 4/11 about them winning this match is far too skinny.
They are taking on a Bangladesh side that has won their past six ODI series on home soil and they have lost three of their last twenty matches at home since November 2014. The hosts are the value at 11/5 for the win with Bet 365 and they are well worth a look.
No Flat Track Bullies
Bangladesh have a good record in Mirpur, the venue for Friday’s match, as they have won 14 and lost just three of their past seventeen ODI’s here, which includes wins over South Africa, Pakistan and India.
Soumya Sarkar has been a real find for them as he averages 45.80 in ODI’s in Mirpur and he is 5/6 to score over 20.5 runs on Friday (Ladbrokes), while Tamim Iqbal will hope to give his team an explosive platform to build on.
The in-form Iqbal has scored five ODI hundreds in Mirpur during his career and the big-hitting opener tends to enjoy playing England as he averages 45.29 in all formats against them, scoring three hundreds in fifteen matches in the process. Iqbal is 5/1 to be top Bangladesh batsman (Bet Victor).
Ali To Star For England
They take on an England outfit that made hard work of winning their sole warm-up match earlier this week as they were indebted to a fine 70 from Moeen Ali, who is one of the few English players to boast experience of Bangladeshi conditions after playing domestic cricket here.
Ali could even be promoted up the order as those above him failed to impress on Tuesday and the 12/1 about him being top England batsman looks absolutely massive (Bet 365).
Much will depend on how the batsmen adapt to conditions in Mirpur this week and we fancy Bangladesh could catch their visitors cold, particularly as England have won just one of their past four ODI’s against these opponents (lost three).
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