STAR PREVIEW: England v Bangladesh with Ryan Sidebottom

Close but no cigar in the England v Pakistan game. I put up Jos Buttler at 11/2 with starsports.bet. He made a valiant attempt to catch club house leader Joe Root (107) but fell agonisingly four runs short 🙁

Not been the best of weeks for me with the Bradford Bulls beaten by Halifax in the Challenge Cup.

The football didn’t exactly cheer me up either on Thursday. For me, the Nations League is a rebrand of what we use to be call ‘friendlies’ and I wouldn’t read too much into England’s defeat against the Netherlands. Gareth Southgate’s side have been a revelation but whatever the sport is, the season eventually catches up with you. It’s been a long one for many of the players and I think even the fans have had enough and want a break. Put it this way, I’m not going to be in a rush to watch the third placed playoff !!

Pakistan’s win over England didn’t impact too much on the starsports.bet outright market – England are now 2/1 but it was a temperature check for them.

I’ve said before don’t underestimate ANY team in this format. Pakistan came into the World Cup on the back of a wretched run but raised their game in a match where England fielded poorly and didn’t bowl that well either. Games are simply not gifted to you if you don’t play well – it’s a fine margin game of inches.

I continue to be impressed by the West Indies and it’s no surprise to see them shorten to 8/1 with starsports.bet to win the tournament. They were by no means disgraced against Australia and arguably should have done better given they reduced the defending champions to 38-4 and 79-5.

The Windies are next in action against South Africa on Monday.

England play Bangladesh in Cardiff on Saturday at Sophia Gardens. There’s been rain about on Friday and it’s forecast to continue in the early hours.

Hopefully, it won’t spoil the action and this really is a game that England should win and get back on track.

The key for me will be runs and plenty of boundaries. It’s a ground where sixes can be well above average and when you combine that with the attacking nature of Bangladesh who go for it right from the first ball I’m strong on over 4.5 Bangladesh Match Sixes and over 11.5 Total Match Sixes at 20/21 and 5/6 respectively with starsports.bet.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see Jonny Bairstow (pictured) step forward in this game to be England’s top run scorer at 3/1 and for top wicket taker happy to split stakes on Jofra Archer (3/1) and Liam Plunkett (4/1).

For Bangladesh I don’t really want to look beyond Tamim Iqbal at 3/1 to be top scorer – he was dismissed for 24 against New Zealand but is much better than that and hopefully just a blip.

RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)
BACK OVER 4.5 BANGLADESH MATCH SIXES 5 pts at 20/21 with starsports.bet
BACK OVER 11.5 TOTAL MATCH SIXES 5 pts at 5/6 with starsports.bet
BACK JONNY BAIRSTOW TOP ENGLAND BATSMAN 4 pts at 3/1 with starsports.bet
BACK JOFRA ARCHER TOP ENGLAND WICKET TAKER 3 pts at 3/1 with starsports.bet
BACK LIAM PLUNKETT TOP ENGLAND WICKET TAKER 3 pts at 4/1 with starsports.bet
BACK TAMIN IQBAL TOP BANGLADESH BATSMAN 4 pts at 3/1 with starsports.bet


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