Hosts England lost their last game against an unpredictable Pakistani unit, and will be looking to bounce back when they take on a resurgent Bangladesh side. The Bangla Tigers defeated South Africa in their first game and put up a fight in the second before going down against New Zealand. They will walk into this game with an air of confidence, however. They have beaten the English team twice in the last two World Cups, and there is no reason why they cannot replicate their feats.
However, England is a more balanced team now when compared to the past. They have some of the best batters in the world currently, all of whom are capable of turning the game in a few overs. But where they lack is in the bowling department. Players like Liam Plunkett, Mark Wood and Chris Woakes have been inconsistent in the recent past, and Jofra Archer is inexperienced at the international stage. Hence, the responsibility will be immense on the batters. If they can play according to their strengths though, they will be favourites for the game. The track at Cardiff offers well-balanced wickets, with pacers getting help initially. But as the game progresses, it rolls out into a good batting track.
Wicket-keeper: Jonny Bairstow (9.5 credits)
Bairstow is one of the most dangerous wicket-keeper batsmen of this era. With an ODI strike rate of 106.92, he is capable of unleashing his fury from ball one, which makes him a