Dubai. Australia, who suffered a crushing defeat to England in the previous match, will improve their batting and try to keep their semi-final hopes alive by making a strong comeback in the T20 World Cup match against Bangladesh (AUS vs BAN T20 World Cup) to be held here on Thursday. Will do Australia have won two of the three matches and are among the contenders for a place in the semi-finals. But Bangladesh are out of this race after losing the first four matches. Australia are currently third in Group I with four points from three matches, behind England (eight points) and South Africa (six points). Both these teams have played four matches each.
The Australian team led by Aaron Finch was looking strong before the match against England. But his weaknesses came to the fore in this match. Finch scored against England but his top-order batsmen have not been able to perform consistently. Finch and David Warner will have to give a flamboyant start to Australia. Questions were raised over the selection of left-arm spinner Aston Agar in place of Mitchell Marsh and it remains to be seen whether the Australian team management sticks to it or changes the team.
In August this year, Bangladesh defeated Australia 4-1 in a series of 5 T20Is. In such a situation, Australia’s eyes will be on paying the account of that defeat.
Maxwell’s form raised concerns for Australia
Glenn Maxwell has also not been able to show the Indian Premier League (IPL) form in the tournament so far. Australia is heavily dependent on his performance in the middle order. Apart from this, Marcus Stoinis and Matthew Wade need to score more runs in the last overs. Australia’s fast bowling trio of Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc did not play against Jos Buttler in the previous match. These three will leave no stone unturned to make a comeback against Bangladesh.
Australia look to settle the loss
Australia’s relatively weak team, which lost the T20 series to Bangladesh this year, will be desperate to avenge it. The Australian players know that the circumstances are different now and their team is very strong. Bangladesh is also well aware that the win earlier this year will not matter much here. If he wants to repeat the same performance, then he will have to perform unitedly. However, his batsmen have disappointed him so far.
Bangladesh weakened by Shakil Al Hasan’s exit
In the last match against South Africa, his team was bowled out for just 84 runs. The balance of the team has been disturbed with Shakib Al Hasan being ruled out due to injury. If the Mahmudullah-led side has to end their campaign with a win, then its batsmen will have to perform well.
The teams are as follows:
Australia : Aaron Finch (c), Pat Cummins, Ashton Agar, Josh Hazlewood, Josh Inglis, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa, Mitchell Swepson.
Bangladesh: Mahmudullah (Captain), Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Soumya Sarkar, Liton Das, Afif Hossain, Mohammad Naeem, Nurul Hasan, Shamim Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed, Mohammad Saifuddin, Shorful Islam, Mahedi Hasan, Nasum Ahmed. Match Indian According to the time, it will start at 3.30 pm in the afternoon.