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Cricket World Cup matchday 10: England to bounce back against Bangladesh?

Elsewhere, Afghanistan and New Zealand face off in Taunton.

Despite the best efforts of the Bristol ground staff, Pakistan-Sri Lanka was abandoned without a ball bowled (David Davies/PA)
Despite the best efforts of the Bristol ground staff, Pakistan-Sri Lanka was abandoned without a ball bowled (David Davies/PA)

England will look to get back to winning ways at Cardiff against a Bangladesh outfit who have been something of a bogey side in recent World Cup campaigns.

The tournament hosts and favourites delivered a sub-par fielding display in a surprise defeat to Pakistan on Monday and next encounter a side who defeated them in the 2011 and 2015 editions.

Those with tickets in the Welsh capital and Taunton – for Afghanistan against New Zealand – will hope the rain stays away after Pakistan-Sri Lanka was abandoned without a ball bowled because of inclement weather in Bristol.

Tweet of the day

Pakistan fans at Bristol were not about to let the sodden conditions dampen their spirits but they were ultimately left frustrated as persistent rain and a wet outfield led to an abandonment.

Quote of the day

It is going to be a difficult game. They are a good side. I think people underestimate them, but we certainly don’t. They are a threat but hopefully we can play well. Eoin Morgan

The England captain insists his side are not overlooking the threat of Bangladesh, who started their campaign by beating beleaguered South Africa last weekend at the Oval and pushed New Zealand close before losing by two wickets at the same venue on Wednesday.

World Cup snapshot

Pakistan-Sri Lanka was abandoned without a ball bowled (David Davies/PA)

Tournament tracker

Cricket World Cup: key statistics so far (PA Graphics)

The gloves are off

The International Cricket Council has asked India star Mahendra Singh Dhoni to remove a dagger symbol on his wicket-keeping gloves. During India’s opening match of the World Cup, against South Africa, Dhoni donned gloves featuring a white insignia associated with the army. This attracted the attention of the governing body, which does not allow political or military adornments to playing kit. Dhoni is an honorary lieutenant colonel of the Indian territorial army and how he chooses to respond during Sunday’s game against Australia at The Oval will be key.

Dennis at the double

Play being halted by rain can sometimes lead to recollections of tournaments gone by and on June 7 in 1975, a pair of cricketers by the name of Dennis left their mark on the inaugural staging. At Lord’s, England opener Dennis Amiss crunched 18 fours on his way to 137 from 147 deliveries against India for the first World Cup century.

Nearly 200 miles up the road at Headingley, fearsome Australia paceman Dennis Lillee bowled Pakistan opener Sadiq Mohammad and captain Asif Iqbal en route to figures of five for 34 for the first five-wicket haul in one-day internationals.

Up next

Today: England v Bangladesh at Cardiff

Today: Afghanistan v New Zealand at Taunton

One to watch

Jason Roy: The England opener endured a dreadful day against Pakistan at Trent Bridge, his usually reliable hands betraying him as he shelled a simple chance of Mohammad Hafeez, who went on to top score. His general ground fielding was not up to the usual standard either although he was hardly alone in that regard. To compound matters he burned England’s review after being trapped plumb in front by Pakistan leg-spinner Shadab Khan for eight. Both Roy and Jonny Bairstow are likely to be hit with the turning ball early on by the Tigers.



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