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World Cup 2019, Match26- AUS Vs BAN, Preview: Another Uphill Task Awaits Bangladesh At Trent Bridge

After the spirited battle between New Zealand and South Africa, it is now time to shift the focus towards another entertaining clash. In the 26th match of the ICC World Cup 2019 extravaganza, Australia will be squaring off against Bangladesh at the Trent Bridge in Nottingham on June 20, Thursday. Both the teams will be very much high on confidence as they are coming into this game after recording clinical victories in their respective previous outings. Thus, they will be focusing on continuing the winning momentum.

Bangladesh dominated the Windies in Taunton and won by seven wickets with 8.3 overs to spare. Shakib Al Hasan’s all-round show turned out to be too hot to handle for the Caribbean team. The Tigers are currently placed fifth in the points table with five points from as many matches. Their next challenge against the mighty Aussie will not be an easy one by any means.

The Aussies, on the other hand, have been a dominant force and are placed second in the table with four victories from five matches. Barring their game versus India in London, Aaron Finch and Co have hardly put a foot wrong. Out of 20 ODIs against the mighty Aussies, Bangladesh has won only one and lost 18. However, the Tigers have come a long way and Australia can’t afford to undermine them.

Head to Head Battle

Matches

Australia

Bangladesh

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Overall (20)

18

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In World Cup (3)

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Australia’s likely Playing XI

The Aussies are most likely to bring in all-rounder Marcus Stoinis in place of Shaun Marsh. Stoinis has recovered from the side strain, he batted and bowled in the practice session as well. His inclusion also means that the Aussies get the extra bowling option. Nathan Lyon may come in place of left-arm speedster Jason Behrendorff, who didn’t have the greatest of days against the Lankans.

Both David Warner and Aaron Finch have been in red-hot form and they’ll be looking to give Australia another good start. Usman Khawaja’s form has been a bit of a worry. Steve Smith has been amongst the runs as well. Glenn Maxwell and Alex Carey can also tonk the leather hard. In the bowling department, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins have been the most effective with 13 and 11 wickets respectively.

Probable XI: David Warner, Aaron Finch (c), Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Nathan Lyon.

Bangladesh’s likely Playing XI

The Tigers won’t want to tinker with their winning combination. The decision to drop Mohammad Mithun and include Liton Das turned out to be a masterstroke. Tamim Iqbal came into his own in the previous match, scoring 48 under pressure. But the left-handed Soumya Sarkar needs to be a bit more consistent after getting on 98 runs in four matches at an average of 24.50.

Shakib Al Hasan needs to be on top of his game, both with bat and ball. Bangladesh’s fate will depend a lot on how he delivers. On the bowling front, Mohammad Saifuddin needs to take care of his economy rate, which is currently at 7.29, though he has nine wickets to his name. Mustafizur Rahman bowling well is a big positive for the Tigers. Skipper Mashrafe will also wish to pick up some wickets.

Probable XI: Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Liton Das, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Mustafizur Rahman.

Match Timings- 3:00 pm IST and 10:30 local

Broadcast Details- Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD.

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