Injury-hit England ready to heap misery on B`desh

Updated: Mar 11, 2011, 09:14 AM IST

Mumbai: Bangladesh will be looking to get their own fickle fans back on side and salvage their battered World Cup dreams when they face injury-hit England in a Group B clash in Chittagong on Friday.

England have lost batsman Kevin Pietersen and fast bowler Stuart Broad through injuries but still have enough firepower to beat Bangladesh, whose fans reacted with fury after they were shot out for just 58 against West Indies in their last match.

England captain Andrew Strauss has kept everyone guessing as to who his opening partner will be after injury forced Pietersen out of the tournament.

However, having already dropped points in a tied match with India and a defeat by Ireland, England will be hoping that the forecasts of a huge tropical rain storm are proved wrong -- as sharing points could dent their chances of progressing.

Bangladesh similarly need an outright win to boost their chances of joining co-hosts Sri Lanka in the last eight since they have only one win from three matches.

Across the border in Mohali, West Indies will bank on their pace-spin combination of Kemar Roach and Sulieman Benn for a win against Ireland to close in on a quarter-final spot.

Ireland will wait till the last minute for their most experienced paceman Trent Johnston, who suffered a knee injury in their last match against India, to get fit for the match.

Bureau Report