Bangladesh Vs Australia, Match Preview
A day after creating history by beating Australia in a series for the first time in any format, Bangladesh has an opportunity to exert its dominance. They won three low-scoring games, and the third T20I went pretty deep. A good 19th over from Mustafizur Rahman took the game far away from Australia, as they struggled to pick his variations.
Both sides haven’t done well with the bat, but Bangladesh has benefited from defending on slow surfaces. Mustafizur Rahman only conceded nine runs across his four overs, and his form seems to be getting better with each game. His rhythm has come back, and the pacer is likely a dangerous customer in the World Cup.
For Australia, Mitchell Marsh has been the lone contributor with the bat. His performances will help him stay on the side, but they weren’t enough to win Australia a game. In the third game, he had brief support from Alex Carey, who dropped the order, but the contribution wasn’t enough to win the game.
Nathan Ellis was a stand-out performer in the previous game. He took a hat-trick on debut and did very well in the death on a slow surface. With Mitchell Starc likely to come back, the Australian bowling line-up could look stronger.
Bangladesh Vs Australia, Team News
Bangladesh hasn’t changed much, but they may look to test some of their bench strength now that the series is sealed. They have some talented players on the sidelines, but they may be reluctant to experiment with a chance of whitewashing Australia ahead.
For Australia, bowling continues to do well, with Nathan Ellis joining the race of bowlers. Australia used seven bowlers in the third game and has a fair set of all-rounders to look at. They changed their batting line-up with Wade opening and Carey coming down the order. The move didn’t change Wade’s fortunes, but Carey looked good in the death overs for a while. With Carey doing a decent job, he may stay in the middle-order as Australia look for the right combination.
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 Ben McDermott, 2 Matthew Wade(capt & wk), 3 Mitchell Marsh, 4 Moises Henriques, 5 Alex Carey, 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 come out roaring with his medium pace and variety of cutters. He is looking better each game, and the star in 2015 seems to have come back again. While the Bangladesh bowling attack has done well, it is Rahman who has been stealing the show. With two games left, Mustafizur Rahman has a chance to hone his skills and exert his place as the attack leader ahead of the World Cup.
Dan Christian came back into the national side after a couple of solid years in franchise Cricket. His comeback was highly talked about, and the veteran played quite a few games this year for Australia. He took part in an ODI and five T20Is this year, but the 38-year-old is still yet to make an impactful performance. He made 22*, scoring his runs in the death against West Indies, but the innings weren’t enough to solve Australia’s finishing issues. Dan Christian has very few opportunities to prove he belongs on the national side with time running out. If he gets another game, Christian will be eager to impress and play hard to win the game for Australia.
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.