Jake Ball claimed fifer and became the first English man to get fifer on debut    Getty Images
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Bangladesh will lock horns with England in the second One-Day International (ODI) of the three-match series at Dhaka on Sunday, which is expected to be another thriller. It’s a golden opportunity for the visitors to seal the series as they are leading by 1-0 after winning the nail-biting encounter at Mirpur. The first game took many twists and turns as the hosts lost the momentum after being on the brink of a scintillating victory. It was heart-breaking for the Bangladeshi fans as they failed to soak in the pressure in the twilight of their run-chase. This is something, which also haunted them during the ICC World T20 encounter against India, where they lost an unexpected game in the final over. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Bangladesh vs England, 2nd ODI at Sher-e-Bangla Stadium, Dhaka.

The second game holds massive importance for the hosts as the onus of making a comeback is on the hosts. The expectations are huge as Bangladesh are evolving as a team and coming fresh from a series win over Afghanistan. The pitch at Dhaka is expected to be batting-friendly and one can expect a run-fest at Dhaka. Bangladesh did everything right in the run-chase with Imrul Kayes and Shakib Al Hasan firing with all guns. They stumbled in the end but Jake Ball bowled magnificently to pull things back for England and brought them back into the game. ALSO READ: Bangladesh vs England, 1st ODI: Jake Ball’s fifer helps visitors to derail hosts for 288

Bangladesh have e huge mental barrier to overcome ad have to cover their bases in order to defeat a formidable side like England as they have been on a roll. England are not playing their full strength as some of their key players have pulled out citing security issues. But the young guns have grabbed the opportunity with both the hands and made an impact. Ben Duckett scored a fifty on his ODI debut and left a mark in his debut game. Bangladesh will give it all to win this game and remain alive in the series while England will be eyeing to seal the series. Following are some key clashes on the basis of which the result of this game will be based on.

Jason Roy vs Shakib Al Hasan: Jason Roy got a good start in the first ODI but floundered while trying to take on the wily spin of Shakib Al Hasan. He can inflict immense damage at the top if he gets going and can steer England in a commendable position in the powerplay overs. Shakib will once again took to put brakes on his run and end his innings early. One can expect, Shakib to be brought early into the attack as the left-arm spinner is well equipped to do so.

Ben Duckett vs Taskin Ahmed: Duckett’s impressive performance under pressure in the first ODI earned him accolades from many in the fraternity. He bid his time and kept the scoreboard ticking while England were in extreme pressure after losing couple of wickets in quick succession. Taskin Ahmed boasts of some serious pace and will look to test Duckett with it. He bowled well in the first game but remained wicketless, he will look to better his tally and Duckett will be the right customer for him.

Ben Stokes vs Mosaddek Hossain: The evolution of Ben Stokes has been irresistible in the recent times. He came out hard in the first game and got the ball rolling from the outset at Mirpur. He brought up his maiden ODI ton in the forst game under extreme pressure and with some magnificent strokes all over the ground. He hold nothing back and was lucky to have been dropped on couple of occasions. Mosaddek was impressive in the series against Afghanistan but had an ordinary run in the first game. His off-spin can turn out to be vital against the left-handed stokes and his early dismissal will not be less than a boon to the opposition.

Jos Buttler vs Mashrafe Mortaza: England skipper Jos Buttler led the team with example in the first game and played a much-needed cameo to help his side cross the 300 runs mark. Buttler’s role is to get some quick runs for the side and the responsibility of stopping him from doing so will be of Bangladeshi skipper Mashrafe Mortaza. He has the experience and can get breakthroughs when needed.

Imrul Kayes vs David Willey: Kayes played beautifully and continued his dream form in the first game. He scored runs at a good rate and engineered the run chase but was unfortunate not have landed on the winning side. Kayes will look to make an impact in the second game as well. David Willey swung thee new ball and will eye to get the better of Kayes with the new ball early on in the innings and restrict him scoring big.

Tamim Iqbal vs Jake Ball: Iqbal failed to make an impact in the first innings and will be looking forward to rectify his mistakes an make his chances count in the crucial second game. Ball was the pick of the English bowler and helped his side bounce back from a precarious situation. Ball will share the new ball and will look to get the better of Iqbal.

Shakib Al Hasan vs Moeen Ali: Shakib’s impact with the bat was instrumental in the first game and has been a match-winner for the side. He has the ability to get quick runs in the middle-order. Moeen Ali on the other hand gets the ball away from the left-handed batsman, which has also been Shakib’s weakness. The battte between these two will be a delight to watch as Moeen has a knack of chipping wickets on a regular basis.

Sabbir Rahman vs Adil Rashid: Rahman was unlucky to be caught on the boundary after playing a beautiful stroke to Ball, which deserved a boundary. He has been elevated in the batting order at three and has to score big. Adil Rashid scalped four wickets in the first game and will look to do so once again in this game. He has been astute with his leg-spin and varied his pace sensibly.

(Suraj Choudhari is a reporter with Criclife and CricketCountry. He is an avid follower of the game, and plays the sport at club level. He has a radical understanding about the subtle nuances and intricacies of cricket, and tries to express it through paper and pen.)