So far it is not a smooth ride for defending champions Aussies as they struggled to beat WI comfortably and suffered a humiliating defeat against India. Barring top order, their middle order is struggling to live up to the expectations. Today it will not be an easy task for Aussies as they are facing motivated Bangladesh at Trent Bridge stadium. They have to play up to their potential and their major worry relies on their strike bowler pat Cummins who is not getting wickets despite giving new-ball troubles to top order batsmen. Despite solid starts from openers it’s time for the middle order to set up and perform
Bangladesh on another hand they are not the underdogs these days as they have beaten West Indies and South Africa so far and every team should not take them lightly. Shakib al-Hassan has been the revelation for their batting by scoring consistently. Also not to forget the Tamim Iqbal's experience and capability along with the form of Liton das and Mushfiqur Rahim. Overall they are well-balanced side as far as batting is concerned and they need to concentrate on bowling. Mustafiqur Rahman and Saifuddin have to be a little bit tight in their line and length in order to control the strong aussie bowling line-up.
Both the teams have met against each other in 3 occasions in the world cup and Australia emerge victorious in two occasions and one match was washed out due to rain. Considering the form Bangladesh can able to pull off a victory today if they played up to their potential.
Expected playing X1:
Aaron Finch(C), David Warner, Steve Smith, Usman Khawaja, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey(WK), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Kane Richardson.
Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim(w), Liton Das, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza(c), Mustafizur Rahman
Players to watch out for:
David Warner has got an outstanding record against Bangladesh and he narrowly missed out double hundred in the last edition of the world against Bangladesh. He seems to be not found his Midas touch hope this match he delivers better for his team.
Pat Cummins has been the revelation for Aussie bowling up. Pairing with Mitchell Starc the duo has to give nightmares but he is not among the wickets column. He will look to get more wickets in order to keep Bangladesh batsmen under check.
Shakib al Hassan:
Shakib has got a dream run this world cup. He is scoring heavily, taking wickets and also taking crucial wickets. Overall Bangladesh has been riding on his own form and he is expected to make his presence felt this match also. A strong performance from him will help Bangladesh to upset defending champions.
He is an able ally for Shakib al Hassan as both have forged a matching partnership twice this season and he is also expected to make his presence count by scoring heavily against Australia today.
Aussies have to be in the top of their game in order to pull off a victory against Bangladesh. If they play up to their potential they can win this game comfortably.