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ICC World Cup 2019 | Confident Bangladesh Eye Another Big Scalp in Australia

Cricketnext Staff |June 19, 2019, 10:47 PM IST
ICC World Cup 2019 | Confident Bangladesh Eye Another Big Scalp in Australia

Up until a few years back, an Australia v Bangladesh contest would have been termed a mismatch, a David v Goliath contest where the odds of David winning was minuscule at best. But a lot has changed over the past few years. Bangladesh are no longer the pushovers they used to be, coming into a contest to win hearts, and nothing more.

They started off their 2019 campaign with a solid win over South Africa, gave New Zealand a mighty scare defending only 244, lost to England and then chased down 321 against West Indies by seven wickets with as many as 51 balls to spare.

One of the biggest reasons behind Bangladesh's success so far this tournament has been the form of their star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan. He is the leading run scorer in the campaign with 384 runs in four innings and has also picked up five wickets at a good economy. While Shakib is undoubtedly the best player that Bangladesh has ever produced, to bring out performances with such consistency has surprised even his most ardent fans.

Having said that Australia are going to be a different kettle of fish for the Tigers. There is a reason why the head to head count in ODIs is 18:1 loaded in the favour of Australia. They have been meticulous so far in the competition with the only blip being against India. With four wins and one loss after five games, Australia are placed second on the points table and a win at Nottingham, in Trent Bridge will take them to the top of the pile and make their route to the semi-finals much easier.

The encouraging bit of news for them before the Bangladesh game is that Marcus Stoinis seems to have fully recovered after being on the sidelines for the last two weeks with a side strain. There is a fitness test that he still will have to go through but two days out from the clash, the all-rounder seemed to be in no trouble whatsoever be it batting or bowling. Australia Head coach Justin Langer too concurred with the above statement.

"We've been monitoring him," said the coach. "He's an elite athlete, he's an elite professional.

"He's determined, so it doesn't surprise me with where he's at now. It's a credit to him, it's a credit to the medical staff that are getting him up. So hopefully he can have a real impact on the tournament."

Nathan Coulter-Nile who had to miss the previous encounter against Sri Lanka due to soreness, too is available for selection against Bangladesh.

Stoinis' availability is more crucial as it helps Australia drop one of the four seamers from the side and include one of Adam Zampa or Nathan Lyon in the mix.

Bangladesh, on the other hand, will have to tighten their bowling against a rampant Australia top order. None of the bowlers so far have looked threatening for a period of time and the kind of form the likes of David Warner, Aaron Finch and Steve Smith have been, the Bangladeshis will have to maintain a strict channel else they will travel the distance.

Their batsmen though have been in good touch and will hope to continue their run against the Australian pacers.

This will be fifth and final game in Trent Bridge and the surface is looking a bit dry and expected to turn on first glance. There are a few thunderstorms predicted in Nottingham on Thursday but the game should largely remain unaffected by the rain.

Last Five ODIs

Australia: W W L W W

The defending champions have been in red hot form so far this tournament winning four of the last five games. They started off by brushing aside Afghanistan and West Indies, lost to India and then scored comfortable wins over Pakistan and Sri Lanka respectively.

Bangladesh: W NR L W L

Bangladesh have had a mixed competition so far. They started off with a convincing win over South Africa, lost to New Zealand and England, had their game against Sri Lanka washed and then walloped West Indies.

Players to watch out for:

David Warner: The opener started off the tournament slowly with two slow half-centuries, got his mojo back against Pakistan with a solid ton and having missed out against Sri Lanka will want to get back to his fluent scoring ways against Bangladesh. Warner is the fifth-highest scorer so far in the World Cup and will want to move significantly up on this chart post Thursday.

Shakib Al Hasan: It might have become tiring reading this name under the sub-heading but that's how this campaign has been for Shakib. The all-rounder has been a one-man army for Bangladesh. His scores so far in four innings read 75, 64, 121, 124*. He has looked at his absolute best all through and Bangladesh will desperately hope the same Shakib turns up against Australia as well.

Team News/Availability

Australia: With Stoinis and Coulter-Nile expected to be back to full fitness, Australia are likely to have there full 15 available for selection.

Bangladesh: There are a few niggles in the Bangladesh camp but none too serious that might force a player to sit out of the next game.


Australia: Aaron Finch (c), Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa

Bangladesh: Mashrafe Mortaza (C), Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudullah, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan (VC), Soumya Sarkar, Liton Das, Sabbir Rahman, Mehidy Hasan, Mohammad Mithun, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mosaddek Hossain, Abu Jayed

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9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
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9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
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1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
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1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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