England and India bounced back from opening day defeats in their second wins. Can they make it two in a row against unfavoured opposition?
England v Afghanistan, 09:30 Feroz Shah Kotla
India v Bangladesh, 14.00 M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
Seemingly dead and buried at the halfway point of their second game, England’s spectacular run chase against South Africa has put them in with a real chance of qualifying from Group 1. Led by Joe Root, they overcame a seemingly impossible 230, but questions remain about their bowler’s ability after two sub-par showings. Afghanistan’s opener Mohammad Shahzad is in exceptional form, which could spell trouble for Eoin Morgan’s side.
India overcame their bitter rivals Pakistan by five wickets, putting themselves back in contention for a semi-final spot. Opponents Bangladesh have lost two in a row, but their performances have been impressive and some better fielding might have seen them clinch a victory over Australia.
Jos Buttler: Buttler has scored 51 runs over the first two games at a strike rate of 150, but he hasn’t yet produced the big score in either innings. He’s cleared the boundary four times in just 34 balls faced, and if he gets the opportunity he’ll have a huge innings before the tournament is out.
Mohammad Shahzad: Shahzad is the 2nd highest run scorer in the tournament – hitting 194 runs in his five innings. He’s hit 31 boundaries and reached 40 in four of his five innings. England’s bowlers have been nothing short of awful in the tournament so far, and Shahzad will be eagerly awaiting his shot at the likes of Reece Topley.
Virat Kohli: Kohli’s unbeaten 55 helped guide India to a victory over Pakistan and proved to be the major difference between the two sides. Bangladesh have conceded runs at an average of 9.5 an over in their last two games, which makes Kohli a very attractive option for fantasy owners.
Shakib Al Hasan: The vastly experienced Al Hasan – who leads his side in both historical runs and wickets in this competition – is currently the tournament’s leading wicket taker. His 9 dismissals have come at an average of just over 12.