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U19 WC 2022: Defending Champions Bangladesh to face England on matchday 3

The matchday no. 3 of the Under-19 World Cup 2021-22 will witness the defending champions Bangladesh in action on January 16. They will be taking on England, who haven’t won the tournament since 1998. This will be the only fixture in U19 WC on Sunday after the schedule was tweaked at the last moment. 

Bangladesh had a dream run in the previous edition in South Africa. They defeated the hosts in the quarterfinal and went on to beat New Zealand in the semi-final to book their first ever U19 WC final. In the final, Bangladesh edged past India by three wickets to clinch their maiden title. England, on the other hand, finished 9th after winning only one match in the group stage. 

Bangladesh have had plenty of gametime leading up to the World Cup. They started with a five-match One-Day series against Afghanistan, winning by 3-2. The Bangla tigers then toured Sri Lanka for a five-match series, where they lost by 5-0 but three of those games had tight finishes. 

Bangladesh had a good outing in the Asia Cup, where they topped Group B with two victories. But they were eventually hammered by India in the semifinals. They also played a tri-series in India with India A U19s and India B U19s. Bangladesh faced Zimbabwe in the warm-up game, scoring 277 and bundling Zimbabwe out for 110. All in all, the defending champions haven’t lacked on the preparation front. 

England have also had significant gametime under their belt, playing 11 youth ODIs since September. They hosted the West Indies for a six-match series, winning four and losing two. England then visited Sri Lanka, where they won two matches and lost three. Tom Prest will be leading the side in this U19 WC. England played one warm-up match against PNG, where they hammered 359/7 and bowled the opponents out for 78. 

England and Bangladesh are placed in Group A alongside Canada and the United Arab Emirates. They will lock horns at the Warner Park in Basseterre, St Kitts in the seventh match of the 2021-22 U19 WC. As far as the head to head record is concerned, Bangladesh have dominated the U19 scene with 25 victories. England have won 11 youth ODIs and haven’t managed to win any in the last eight matches. The last these two faced each other was in 2019, where the match ended in a tie. 

Pitch Report for BAN U19s vs ENG U19s 

The Warner Park Stadium in Basseterre, St Kitts has produced some very good batting surfaces in the fifty-over format over the years. The venue has hosted 18 senior men’s ODIs, where the average first innings score reads 286. As many as eight times, the team batting first has scored 300 or above at this venue. The highest total recorded here was 377/6 by Australia while the lowest of 129 belongs to the Netherlands. 

The weather in Basseterre is expected to be mostly sunny in the morning but there’s a low chance of precipitation in the afternoon. The temperature will be around 27°C with humidity around 72%.  

Captain and Vice-captain 

Tom Prest is a top-order batter who is also a quality off-spin bowler. He has snared 18 wickets in 10 youth ODIs at an exceptional average of 13, including best figures of 6/41. Prest was terrific in the warm-up game, blasting 91 off just 77, with eight fours and two sixes. Prest has form on his side and can be a good captaincy option. 

Aich Mollah is amongst the top young batters in Bangladesh and adds a lot of stability in that middle order. He has played 12 youth ODIs, scoring 375 runs at an average of 34, including one hundred and two fifties. Mollah recently scored 93 off 91 against India B U19s and looked good in the warm-up game as well with a run-a-ball 82. Coming on the back of some good form, Mollah can be a solid VC option. 

Other Key Players 

Prantik Nawrose Nabil has played a lot of age group cricket. He has scored over 400 runs from 20 youth ODIs at an average of 24. The left hand batter has been in superb form lately, hammering 101 against India B U19s, 62 against India A U19s and 127* against Nepal. He was dismissed for 10 in the warm-up game but Prantik Nawrose Nabil remains a key player to watch out for. 

George Thomas is a promising top order batter who also bowls handy medium pace. In seven youth ODIs, he has scored 212 runs at an average of 35, including one fifty. Thomas was outstanding in the warm-up game, scoring 90 off 91 balls while opening the innings. Thomas has consistently got the starts and could be a key player in this game. 

Musfik Hasan is right arm medium pacer and has done well for Bangladesh. He has played five youth ODIs, picking 11 scalps at an excellent average of 16.90. Musfik was outstanding in the series against Sri Lanka, claiming three back to back three-fers. Musfik only bowled three overs in the warm-up game and picked 1 for 14. 

James Sales adds a lot of all-round value in both the departments and has shown promise in List A and FC cricket. Sales bowls medium pace and bats in the lower order. He smashed 46 off 31 balls in the warm-up game and picked 3 for 14 from five overs. That performance could cement Sales’ place in the playing XI. 

MPL Fantasy XI 

Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams. 

Also read: WI vs IRE, 3rd ODI – Fantasy Preview and Top Picks 

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