World Cup 2019: Pressure on England as Bangladesh seeks another CWC upset

first_imgWorld Cup 2019: Pressure on England as Bangladesh seeks another CWC upsetWorld Cup 2019: England will take on Bangladesh in the 12th match of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff on Saturday. England have only lost thrice at Cardiff.advertisement Associated Press CardiffJune 8, 2019UPDATED: June 8, 2019 12:56 IST Bangladesh lost to New Zealand by three wickets in a close encounter. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSEngland had lost their last World Cup match against PakistanBangladesh pulled off an upset over South Africa in their World Cup openerBangladesh had ousted England from the 2015 edition of World CupIt was a humiliating Cricket World Cup loss to Bangladesh that set the wheels in motion for a virtual reboot of English cricket.Four years later, England is playing the Tigers again on the biggest stage in 50-over cricket and the consequences of another defeat could be just as telling.Heading into the third of its nine group games, England the host nation and pre-tournament favorite is already under pressure after an unexpected loss to Pakistan in Nottingham on Monday.A potential two losses in three matches was certainly not in the script for the world’s top-ranked ODI team so England must show some nerve against Bangladesh in Cardiff on Saturday to get its World Cup ambitions back on track.”It is going to be a difficult game,” England captain Eoin Morgan said Friday on a wet day in the Welsh capital. “They are a good side. I think people underestimate them. We certainly don’t.”And why would they? After all, Bangladesh has beaten England at the last two World Cups, first in Chittagong in 2011 and then at the Adelaide Oval in 2015 in a result that guaranteed England would be eliminated at the group stage.Many overlooked Bangladesh’s improvement in world cricket and treated that loss as an all-time low in the English game. The response by the England and Wales Cricket Board was to channel most of its focus on the one-day format, which meant the hiring of Trevor Bayliss a coach with a proven record in the white-ball format and the introduction of an overall strategy where the test and limited-overs teams were separated.advertisementEngland became an aggressive, positive, risk-taking ODI team that has soared to the top of the rankings and made it the side to beat at the World Cup.Yet the loss to Pakistan, and the specter of a match and possibly another defeat against a Bangladesh lineup that has given England so much World Cup heartache, has suddenly thrown up some concerns.For Morgan, however, it is business as usual.”We’ve remained in a head space where we believe we can still win the game,” he said, “and that shows, probably a lot more to us than to our supporters. They see an exciting team the majority of the time and when we lose games, we want to see character. We want to see another side of our game.”England’s players have used the five-day gap between fixtures to get away from the tournament. Morgan went back home to spend some time with the family and watch some horse-racing.Their Bangladesh counterparts will know they can put a supposed thoroughbred in real trouble by earning a famous win in Cardiff, though.They’ve started the World Cup well, outclassing South Africa in an opening victory and then falling to a two-wicket loss to New Zealand on Wednesday in the most exciting match of the tournament so far.Bangladesh is no longer the minnow it once was and has more caps in the team than England has. It is a gnarled, experienced lineup that can beat anyone.”I think this is one of the best teams England have ever produced, especially in the World Cup. I think still they are in the right way, winning matches, and they are in good touch,” Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza said Friday.”But, on the other hand, obviously I know there was a little bit of pressure that the people are expecting that England will take the trophy this time.”England could drop legspinner Adil Rashid and replace him with Liam Plunkett, who lost his place to fellow paceman Mark Wood for the Pakistan game. That would give England an attack mostly filled with seamers on what could be a heavy wicket with a bit of grass.There is no danger of Bangladesh dropping any of its slow bowlers, who have proved to be the team’s most efficient so far especially allrounder Shakib Al Hasan. Mosaddek Hossain, a right-hand offspinner, had 2-33 against New Zealand.Mortaza said Bangladesh could give the new ball to a spinner, like South Africa and Pakistan have done against England to good effect, with openers Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow more destructive against pace.England will look for a big improvement in its fielding, which was mostly to blame for the loss to Pakistan.The team also looked anxious and flat during that game, after the high of beating South Africa in the opening match.World Cup pressure might already be playing a role. And that pressure will ramp up significantly if England loses to Bangladesh for a third straight tournament.advertisementAlso Read | England vs Bangladesh, World Cup 2019 Match 12: Prediction and Probable Playing 11Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow England vs Bangladesh Nextlast_img read more

UK offers Sri Lanka assistance to establish central intelligence body

The British Minister, who is an ex-military intelligence officer before joining politics, said that his country was focused on the IRA when Al Qaeda attacks took place in London and Manchester. Stating that recent attacks by Islamist terrorist is a part of the international terror campaign of the Islamist State, Wallace emphasized the imperative need for cooperation among the intelligence services all over the world to combat this menace.President Sirisena thanked Queen Elizabeth, Prime Minister Therese May and the government of United Kingdom for the condolences and support extended at this time of difficulty. He also thanked the Minister for sending intelligence experts to assist Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) The British Government has offered Sri Lanka assistance to establish a central intelligence body.British Minister of State for Security and Economic Crime, Ben Wallace told President Maithripala Sirisena that the Islamic State always adapts new strategies to commit acts of terrorism and it is important for intelligence services in every country to share information with each other in this global effort to combat terrorism. The Minister said UK could assist Sri Lanka to set up a similar central body to analyze intelligence reports.The British Minister of State said this when he called on President Maithripala Sirisena today at the President’s Official Residence in Colombo, the President’s office said. “Now we have set up the Joint Terrorism Analyzing Centre to analyze all the intelligence reports from different investigating agencies to ensure every report is given due attention to avoid security lapses,” he said. read more