World Cup 2019, ENG vs BAN: Toss, team news, pitch report, weather

England brings in Liam Plunkett for Moeen Ali on a lively pitch in Cardiff as Bangladesh wins the toss and elects to bowl first.

Published : Jun 08, 2019 14:40 IST

Toss: Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza has won the toss and has opted to bowl first at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff in match 12 of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.

Team news: Bangladesh is unchanged. England leaves out Moeen Ali and brings in pacer Liam Plunkett.

Pitch report: "It is a little bit green but not as much as you would think. There won't be a lot of lateral movement off those grassy areas. Lot of runs are expected unless there is some magic in this surface." reckons Michael Holding.

Weather: It is surprisingly a bright sunny day in Cardiff as the weather forecast had predicted a cloudy day.


Mashrafe Mortaza: We will bowl first. This pitch has been under cover for the last two days. We liked to play an extra seamer, but we are sticking with the same team. Last match was disappointing but hopefully we will bounce back. We have to play at our best to beat this England team.

Eoin Morgan:  I don't think this is a bad toss to lose considering the amount of grass that has come off this wicket. Some grounds are bit shorter which doesn't allow to bowl spin in tandem. Playing two spinners creates a bit issue there hence we are playing an extra seamer. Little bit of a blip, little bit of a bad day against Pakistan. Today, hopefully we will show that it is not something that is an issue. We played some good cricket against South Africa and hopefully we will play good cricket today.

Playing XIs:

England (Playing XI):  Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(w), Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Mark Wood.

Bangladesh (Playing XI): Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim(w), Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza(c), Mustafizur Rahman.

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