Tigers up against the might of England
With the aim of regrouping following the five-wicket defeat against Sri Lanka in the first Super 12 encounter, Mahmudullah Riyad and Co will be looking to bounce back when they take on a strong England side in their T20 World Cup fixture at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi today.
This will be the very first time Bangladesh will face England in the shortest format of the game, with the match scheduled to begin at 4:00pm Bangladesh standard time.
The Bangladesh team spent a lot of time on catching and fielding drills at the ICC Cricket academy ground in Dubai yesterday ahead of their encounter against a high-flying England side.
The Tigers, however, can take positives from their two wins against England in the fifty-over format, those coming at World Cups in 2011 and 2015.
But Eoin Morgan's side have been a totally changed unit since 2015 as they remodelled their cricket on aggression in the white ball format.
The top-ranked side in the shortest format started off the campaign by bundling out West Indies for 55 before chasing down the target with six wickets to spare.
The slowness of the surfaces in UAE can give some sort of hope to the Bangladesh camp, which rely heavily on their spin bowling.
Opener Liton Das has been under the scanner for his lean patch with the bat, the right-hander managing only 66 runs in his last five innings and there are chances he might be dropped for today's game. However, there was a slight injury to wicketkeeper Nurul Hasan Sohan during training and if he misses the game, Liton will take his place behind the stumps.
But it will be interesting to see whether the team management can move away from their fondness of keeping a left-and-right-hand combination by including Soumya Sarkar at the top, with the left-hander having been dropped since the opening qualifier game against Scotland.
Naim Sheikh, the other opener, has been in prime form with two fifties in four games in the tournament while a lot will depend on star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan both with the ball and bat.
Mushfiqur Rahim's return to form will also give huge relief to the team management following his unbeaten fifty against Sri Lanka.
The Tigers will have to put their best against England, who have been in terrific form with eight wins in 12 games played this year.
England's batting unit poses great threat, with the likes of Jos Buttler and Jason Roy in excellent form at the top of the order. The middle-order is loaded with some hard-hitting batters with the likes of Jonny Bairstow, Morgan, Moeen Ali, Liam Livingstone and David Malan able to change the course of the game in a matter of overs.
The bowling unit also packs a punch with off-spinner Moeen and leg-spinner Adil Rashid sharing six wickets on their way to bundling out West Indies for a low total in their opening game. The three seamers -- Chris Woakes, Tymal Mills and Chris Jordan -- were among the wickets in the first game and will be a massive to the Bangladesh batting unit.