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After a convincing win over England in the first match they will take on Bangladesh 21st February, 2015 at Brisbane. The match will start at 9.00 AM IST. Australia looked solid in the first match with both the bat and with the ball. The Australian team won the match by 111 runs while Bangladesh won their match against Afghanistan by 105 runs.
Australia has a formidable unit. They have a solid batting unit. The openers Finch and Warner provides an aggressive start to the team, Smith who has been in tremendous form and if Clarke is coming back as captain, one out of either Bailey or Watson has to replace him.
Maxwell was in great hitting form scoring 66 runs off 40 balls to propel the score to 342 against England, Mitchell Marsh also is a good hitter and followed by Haddin who also can come down the order and hit some big hits. The bowling looks also good with the likes of Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Marsh, Josh Hazelwood and Glenn Maxwell the lone spinner.
After winning their first match against Afghanistan the confidence will be high. They will have to play out of their skins if they have to give a fight to the favorites the Australia. Tamim Iqbal, Mushqir Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan and their Mashrafe Mortaza have to play a key role.
Previous World Cup encounters
2007: Australia won by 10 wickets (North Sound)
Australia is favorites to win the match. The pitch at Brisbane is supposed to help the fast bowlers. In batting and bowling front Australia have the clear edge. Bangladesh has to play some aggressive cricket if they have made a match out of it. Before coming to the World Cup Australia had won the Tri Series including England and India.
Key Players to watch out for:
Australia: Glenn Maxwell
Glenn Maxwell is the X factor for Australian team. His performances in the past 1 month have improved a lot. He played a quick fire knock of 66 off 40 balls against Australia to help the team score a massive 342. If the openers provide a good start to the team and Australia need a player to push the scoring run rate up Glenn Maxwell can provide the finishing touches.
Bangladesh: Shakib Al Hasan
He is the most experienced player in the Bangladesh squad at the moment. He is currently number 1 ranking in all-rounder list. In the match against Afghanistan, Al Hasan provided the needed momentum and pushed the score to 267 which was good enough against Afghanistan who were playing their first World Cup. Against Australia the onus will be on him to provide the stability in the batting and bowl some economical overs.
Probable Playing XI
David Warner, Aaron Finch, Shane Watson, Michael Clarke, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, Brad Haddin, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood
Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Mominul Haque, Mushfiqar Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Sabbir Rahman, Mahmudullah, Mashrafe Mortaza, Taskin Ahmed, Rubel Hossain, Soumya Sarkar