- Bangladesh v England T20 International series, second game (of three)
- Sunday March 12, 2023 (9am UK)
- Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Mirpur
England’s white ball team have been so hard to read over the last 12 months - and I lump both 50-over and T20 teams into the same category with that statement.
Amidst a host of disappointing, and at times baffling, displays at home and abroad, they go and win the T20 World Cup in Australia in November, sealing their status as the first ever holders of both white ball world trophies at the same time.
But, away from tournament play, they have played like anything but double world champs!
That has been highlighted by the last few days in Bangladesh. When 2-0 up in the ODIs, they go and lose the dead rubber before losing the T20 series opener on Thursday.
One thing we still know is that England are the better side on their day. Play well and they’ll beat Bangladesh.
That doesn’t mean I will be taking the 1/2 on offer for them to win this second game. I’m rarely at all keen on taking prices that short. But I would be taking the 11/8 bet365 have on offer for them to recover and win the series.
Rashid and Jordan in a race to 100 wickets
You may notice a bit of stubbornness in a couple of these tips because I suggested both Adil Rashid and Phil Salt - more of him in a moment - to have success in game one and they narrowly missed out.
We had Rashid to be England’s top bowler in game one, and he was one of four bowlers to strike once and was just a run more expensive than market winner Mark Wood.
Rashid and Chris Jordan are both within striking distance of becoming England’s first bowler to reach 100 T20 international wickets; leg-spinner Rashid has 94 and seamer Jordan 95.
I’m not going to suggest Rashid for top bowler again having been burnt with that market, but I will be staying on his side and do think he can cover two markets on offer with different bookies.
The first is the 1/1 BetUK have on him to go over 21.5 in their Player Performance market. It is one point a run, 10 per catch and 20 per wicket. That price compares favourably to Bet365′s 5/6 on exactly the same market, for example.
The second is the 6/5 Ladbrokes have on him to take over 1.5 wickets in this match. He has taken nine wickets in four matches on this tour so far.
Stick with Salt - he’s shown promise
I suggested Phil Salt as England’s top batter in game one of this T20 series at 9/2, and it looked for a while like the opener was on course before falling for 38 to leave the door wide open for Jos Buttler to push through with 67.
But I’m willing to give him another go, for two reasons despite a lean international winter.
The first is he’s shown signs of good form in the last two games in Bangladesh. He hit 35 in the last ODI and the aforementioned 38 in the T20 opener. The second is I just think Betfair’s price of 10/3 on a quality opener provides good value.
If he can get off to a flyer and make use of the new ball before things slow up, this punt could very well come in.
* Betting odds correct at the time of publication. All odds are subject to changes.
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