The eighth edition of ICC Champions Trophy is all set to kick off with opening game between hosts England and the surprise package of championship team Bangladesh on 1st June 2017. England were runner-up in 2013 Champions Trophy and will look to start well in this year’s tournament meanwhile Bangladesh will play first ICC Champions Trophy after 2006.
English side will look forward to take revenge from Bangladesh who knocked out England from 2015 world cup in the first round. Well home team has done pretty well after that poor performance in 2015 cricket world cup. Eoin Morgan has lead the side extremely well in limited overs. Team played the final of 2016 world twenty20 which they lost against West Indies.
Hosts will be relying on their batting line-up alot that includes destructive batsmen like Hales, Roy, Root, Billings and Root. Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali to play crucial role as all-rounders in the playing XI. English bowling will heavily be depending on fast bowlers like Woakes, Willey, Plunkett and Wood.
On the other side, Bangladesh seems to be dangerous side which can make surprise big teams in the competition. They’ll come with the confidence that they defeated England in ICC World Cup 2015 and can repeat the same in 2017 Champions Trophy.
Mashrafe Mortaza & company is set to start Champions Trophy with a big win and team has got some decent players who can turn around the game in their favor. Tamim, Sarkar, Rahim, Mahmudullah and Mustafizur Rahman are the key batsmen in Bangladesh batting lineup. Mustafizur, Mortaza, Shakib, Taskin and Rubell are the top bowlers for Bangladesh in CT17.
Eoin Morgan (c), Alex Hales, Jason Roy, Jake Ball, Sam Billings, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Adil Rashid, Jos Buttler, Joe Root, Liam Plunkett, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, David Willey.
Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Tamim Iqbal, Mosaddek Hossain, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim, Taskin Ahmed, Imrul Kayes, Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman, Mehedi Hasan, Sunzamul Islam, Rubel Hossain, Shafiul Islam, Sabbir Rahman.
The Oval’s pitch seems to be batsmen supportive wicket however there can be initial help for fast bowlers to swing the ball. We can expect high scoring match and team can post 300-325 while batting first.
Host England looks favorite against Bangladesh in the first match of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 on 1st June at The Oval. As per our predictions, England have got 60 percent win chances over Bangladesh.