Tamim century lifts Bangladesh to 305-6 against England


Adding to the dilemma facing Morgan and England coach Trevor Bayliss is the fact that the squad's reserve batsman, Jonny Bairstow, is in brilliant form, hitting a team-high 51 in the third ODI against South Africa in his only run-out in the warmup games and a career-high 174 in a one-day competition for Yorkshire on May 3.

He insists, however, Bangladesh have improved too - and in Thursday's tournament opener at The Oval may just be able to take advantage if public expectation begins to weigh heavily on the hosts.

A contest between India and Pakistan is eagerly awaited by the millions of cricket fans, especially if it is an ICC tournament match.

One of those series wins was in Bangladesh past year, a trip which the captain, Eoin Morgan, missed for security reasons. England impressively won a series 2-1 under the leadership of Jos Buttler, Eoin Morgan missed that series due to security goal. The tournament favourites, team India has played well in the warm-up matches against Bangladesh and New Zea Land. If England bat first then they are capable of amassing totals of 350-400 and blowing teams away with their batting line-up. From 2010 onwards, India has won 66.6% of the 9 matches played against Pakistan.

However, England is fully ready to show some sky balls on their first game.

"Obviously 84 doesn't look good", he said.

"(But) Against Bangladesh, I calmed myself down and I thought: "it's an important opportunity for me to go out there and play a few shots". What we've got to see is how freely they played in the last series (versus England). It is expected that the team will reach around 350 runs with the help of Buttler's final touches.

Bangladesh thought they had Morgan out for 22 when Tamim, running in from long-on, claimed a low catch but third umpire Bruce Oxenford ruled the ball had touched the turf.

However, Tamim and Mushfiqur Rahim put on a mammoth 166-run stand to guide their team to 261 for three by the time the former was dismissed for 128 in the 45th over. They never allowed the England bowlers to settle, and realising that the pacers were largely bowling back of a length, they adjusted accordingly. But Bangladesh lost both the settled batsman in back-to-back deliveries, with Liam Plunkett getting the wickets.

He shared a stand of 166 with Mushfiqur Rahim (79) to move Bangladesh to a unsafe 259-2 with six overs remaining.

"Each of us in the batting department has had our ups and downs over the years and one of the strongest parts of reinforcing the way we play and the freedom we play with is backing that up with selection". Otherthan, Bangladesh have more chances to win the game.

In the meantime England will be reviewing their options for injury replacements, with Middlesex seamer Toby Roland-Jones the most likely to receive a call-up after his encouraging worldwide debut against South Africa at Lord's last Monday.