Bangladesh Vs Australia, Match Preview
Bangladesh is one win away from their first series victory against Australia in any format. In the first two games, they spun a web around the Australians, and the bowlers strangled the Aussies. The Australian line-up has some new names, and Bangladesh exploited their lack of game time on slow surfaces. The Australian bowling attack has done its job, but the batters haven’t backed them.
One bright spot for the Australians has been the form of Mitchell Marsh. He has carried the batting line-up and is in top form. His recent performances have all but sealed him a spot in the World T20 Squad. The same can not be said of Matthew Wade, though, who did well in the lead-up to this series. Up until now, he was in the top-order, but Wade has been batting in the middle-order in this series, and the runs haven’t been coming as quickly.
The change in position may have affected the balance, especially with Bangladesh opening the innings with spin and making it tough on the current openers. The Bangladesh bowling unit hasn’t shown any weak links so far. The spinners have contributed, and Mustafizur Rahman has surprised with his medium pace. While Rahman isn’t the same bowler he once was, his off-cutters are still deceiving, and the batters are challenged.
Bangladesh Vs Australia, Team News
Without Tamim Iqbal, the Bangladesh top-order is a little light. They haven’t contributed much, and that has been the reason for two low-scoring games. They may look to shuffle their top-order while the other players retain their spots.
With a side full of Big Bash stars, the captain indicates that a chance will be given to most of the squad. With two losses, and the side on the brink of a series of defeats, changes seem inevitable. With the openers not going well, Ben McDermott could be given a game. The fast bowlers may also be rotated with the bench, likely to get some game time. Mitchell Starc bruised his hip in the last game, but he is expected to be available. Starc has done a fair job in the previous few T20s, and his bowling is a bright spot in Australia’s recent T20 struggles.
Bangladesh Vs, Australia, Predicted XIs
Bangladesh (probable) 1 Mohammad Naim, 2 Soumya Sarkar, 3 Shakib Al Hasan, 4 Mahedi Hasan, 5 Mahmudullah (capt), 6 Afif Hossain, 7 Shamim Hossain, 8 Nurul Hasan (wk), 9 Nasun Ahmed, 10 Mustafizur Rahman, 11 Shoriful Islam
Australia (possible) 1 Alex Carey/Ben McDermott, 2 Josh Philippe, 3 Mitchell Marsh, 4 Moises Henriques, 5 Matthew Wade (capt & wk), 6 Ashton Turner, 7 Ashton Agar, 8 Mitchell Starc, 9 Andrew Tye, 10 Adam Zampa, 11 Josh Hazlewood
Bangladesh Vs Australia, Players to Watch out
On slow surfaces, Mustafizur Rahman has held his own and is bowling brilliantly. A fit and firing Rahman will be a massive boost for Bangladesh in the World T20, and if he can continue his current run of form, Bangladesh can dream high in the World Cup. He is a demanding customer and is very tricky with his change of pace and movement of the surface.
Josh Phillipe is one of the recent stars in the Big Bash league to have made a massive name for himself. He is a talented opener, but the young Cricketer has struggled to adjust to the slowness in Bangladesh. His last five T20Is were not very prolific, and Josh Phillipe may feel pressure to perform. If he does get Australia off to a good start, it will be a massive boost as Australia’s batting has brought them down in the series.
Bangladesh Vs Australia, Pitch Report
The pitch is likely to stay slow, leaving the Australians with a lot to do. Batting first is a good option as the pitch may slow down further as the game progresses.