Cricket Tips: Your 3 best bets for England v Bangladesh in T20 World Cup

Sporting Life's Richard Mann's got his eye in.

Jos Buttler

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Bangladesh have probably been a bit more impressive than many expected so far in this tournament. They’re probably missing a bit of firepower in the batting, but in Shakib Al Hasan they’ve got a wonderful left-arm spinner who’s backed up by more spin as you’d expect from Bangladesh. They look a tough side, whether they’ve got the firepower to have a deep run, I’m not too sure.

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England have lots of firepower and I fancy they’ll be too strong here. The one thing I would say is that throughout the IPL and the start of this World Cup there’s been a big toss bias, favouring the chasers.

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If you’re looking at the outright odds for this one, England are big favourites. If Bangladesh win the toss and get to chase and get into England’s batting with the spin, Bangladesh to Win could look a little bit of value. Look, England should still be too strong but the toss bias is a big factor out there and it’s probably put you off taking England to Win.

Jos Buttler Top England Batsman

It’s not very original but Jos Buttler for England. He’s a wonderful white-ball cricketer as we know, probably the best in the world. He’s proven in these conditions and he’s had lots of success in the IPL in India as well.

I think what sets him apart here from many of England’s top order players is that Jason Roy’s weak spot is probably against spin and there are similar question marks about Dawid Malan as well. Jonny Bairstow at four is a fantastic player but Buttler’s going to get a real run on him opening the batting.

As we’ve seen throughout the IPL and the start of this World Cup, the guys at the top of the order are at an advantage. Buttler could be 30 not out by the time Bairstow gets in. Jos Buttler Top England Batsman looks solid enough for me, it clocked against the West Indies.

If you want a bit more price, Jos Buttler to be Top Match Batsman. I think he’s a solid play and I’d keep following him.

Afif Hossain Top Bangladesh Batsman

I think the thing here is England’s quality pace attack. They can go with Tymal Mills, Mark Wood, Chris Woakes, you’d fancy them to make early inroads. I think that’s what England will look to do, go hard at Bangladesh with pace.

If that happens it could open the door for a lower-order player for Bangladesh. Mahmudullah’s there but Afif Hossain is a young player who I have a lot of time for. He impressed against Australia and New Zealand.

He’s far from the finished article but he can really play. He’s not had much opportunity in that middle order so far in this World Cup but I think against England’s attack he might find himself in earlier than usual. Afif Hossain to be Top Bangladesh Run Scorer will do for me.

England v Bangladesh tips

Jos Buttler Top England Batsman
Jos Buttler to be Top Match Batsman
Afif Hossain Top Bangladesh Batsman

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