Bangladesh vs England Prediction, Betting Tips and Odds: First ODI

The first of three ODIs between Bangladesh and England gets underway at midday local time on Wednesday in Mirpur, Dhaka. England, the World Cup holders, are favourites to win this opening match with odds of 4/9 (1.44).

These odds from Ladbrokes  were correct at the time of writing.

  • Bangladesh vs England, 1st ODI
  • Wednesday March 1st, from 06:00 AM GMT
  • Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium

Pitch Report and Weather Conditions

The players on both sides are expecting low bounce on this pitch in Dhaka. There will certainly be turn for the spin bowlers and we anticipate a par score to be in the range of 265 – 280. Four of the last five ODIs at this venue have been won by the team batting first.

It will be hot throughout the first two-thirds of this game with the temperature in the low 30s before sundown. No clouds are forecast, even into the evening, with the humidity levels going no higher than 50% by the close.

Bangladesh vs England – Match Predictions

This is expected to be an excellent contest between Bangladesh, who have been in brilliant form in this format, and England, who are the current World Cup holders, but who have not prioritised ODI cricket over recent years.

England have beaten Bangladesh in three of their four previous ODIs in the country and they have selected a very strong squad for this series. We anticipate a close contest but are backing England to end Wednesday 1-0 up with two to play.

We recommend backing the following three bets ahead of this opening ODI:

These odds from Ladbrokes  were correct at the time of writing.

Probable 6s

Although Bangladesh won the last ODI at this venue, they lost the six count 12-5 and all of their sixes came from the lower-order hitting of Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Nasum Ahmed. That said, the pace of England’s bowling attack will lend itself to more boundary hitting for the hosts.

Any team with Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali and Jason Roy in it will always have an excellent chance of hitting the most sixes and, with Dawid Malan scoring six in his last innings alone, we are backing the visitors to do so in this opening ODI.

Our prediction: England to Hit Most Sixes 4/9 (1.44)

Probable Wickets

Bangladesh have an excellent bowling attack with Shakib Al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman both enjoying long-term success in ODI cricket. However, it is Ebadot Hossain who has emerged over the last few months and was a key part of the series win over India in December. He took a wicket every 18.2 balls and finished that three-match campaign with nine dismissals including Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul twice.

Our prediction: Ebadot Hossain to Be the Highest Wicket Taker for Bangladesh 9/2 (5.50)

Man of the Match

The conditions in Bangladesh will be markedly different to what was experienced by England in South Africa in January and February earlier this year. However, a player like Jos Buttler will already be acclimatised and looking to carry through his strong form from that series. The England skipper scored 131 and 94 not-out in his last two ODI innings and finished as top run scorer in the SA20 after doing the same in last year’s IPL.

Our prediction: Jos Buttler to Be the Man of the Match 8/1 (9.00)

Bangladesh vs England Preview

Both teams have players in their squad who are looking to make their debuts. For Bangladesh, Towhid Hridoy is expected to make his first international appearance, although England’s Rehan Ahmed has been unwell and will miss this opening ODI.

Bangladesh vs England


Skipper Tamim Iqbal missed the 2-1 home series win over India late last year and he will return to the captaincy with Litton Das going back to the ranks. There is excellent variety across Bangladesh’s bowling attack.

Playing XI: Tamim Iqbal (c), Litton Das (wk), Towhid Hridoy, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Afif Hossain, Ebadot Hassian, Mustafizur Rahman, Taijul Islam


Harry Brook, Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow would all expect to come back into the side before the World Cup. Pace duo Mark Wood and Jofra Archer could be unleashed together in this game for the first time in three years.

Playing XI: Dawid Malan, Jason Roy, James Vince, Phil Salt, Jos Buttler (c) (wk), Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid

How to Watch Bangladesh vs England First ODI in the UK: Live Streaming & Channel List

You can watch this entire match on Sky Sports Cricket on your TV. Alternatively, you can stream the game via the Sky Go App or on the ECB website.

  • Sky Sports Cricket (TV)
  • Sky Go App, ECB Website (Streaming)

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