Going into the game, Australia and Bangladesh both would be eager to add a number to their wins tally after they endured indifferent outings in their first game in this ICC Champions Trophy.
While Bangladesh lost to hosts England in a high run-chase, Australia just about managed to evade a loss against New Zealand with the weather having a final call on the game.
In a tournament as tough as the ICC Champions Trophy, both teams now would be desperate to outperform each other, as a loss here could well lead to the ouster from the tournament. Bangladesh had upset Australia in the past in England, but then that was way back in 2005 when the Tigers were still developing as an ODI outfit. Now that they are well under control of their form, the Mashrafe Mortaza led outfit will be keen on repeating their heroics from 12 years ago.
For Australia though, nothing less than a crushing win would be satisfying. The game against New Zealand just didn’t go their way and several flaws of the side came to the fore. Skipper Steven Smith admitted that and it was positive for his team’s second game of the tournament.
Australia flagged off their tournament on a disappointing note, as they didn’t play to their full potential against New Zealand. Needing a stiff target, they were under considerable pressure, having lost three quick wickets. For the Aussies to defeat Bangladesh, the top order would have to step up.
For Australia, a win is the need of the hour. Having got just one point from their first game, an upset loss to Bangladesh could put their campaign in jeopardy, apart from being humiliated. The top order and David Warner especially, faltered against New Zealand and the Australian vice-captain should look to iron out his flaws. In the form of Bangladesh, Warner has an ideal opportunity to improve his record in England and get his team off to a flying start.
Pat Cummins was plundered by the Kiwi batsmen and it shouldn’t be surprising if he is dropped for the game. Despite being wicket less, Mitchell Starc was extremely tight towards his later spells and Josh Hazelwood was accurate. Cummins probably could be replaced for James Pattinson for this game. All-rounder Moises Henriques should be ideally replaced by Marcus Stoinis.
Australia Predicted XI:
- David Warner 2. Aaron Finch 3. Steven Smith (c) 4. Travis Head 5. Glenn Maxwell 6. Marcus Stoinis 7. Matthew Wade (wk) 8. Mitchell Starc 9. James Pattinson 10. John Hastings 11. Josh Hazlewood