Australia vs. Bangladesh
|Date & Time||Thursday June 20, 2019, 5:30 AM (EDT)|
Australia 1.14 Bangladesh 5.50
Australia take on Bangladesh at Trent Bridge on Thursday. Both sides are in a strong position to finish in the top 4 and claim a place in the semi-finals.
Australia have 8 points from 5 matches. They have won 4 matches so far and their only loss came against the imperious India. Bangladesh have 5 points from their 5 matches after claiming victories over South Africa and the West Indies.
Bangladesh’s batting performance was immense in their last match. They pulled off the second highest run chase in World Cup history with a dominant 7-wicket win over the West Indies at Taunton. Shakib Al Hasan scored his second consecutive century with a sublime unbeaten 124 from just 99 balls.
Shakib now has 384 runs to his name at this year’s World Cup and is proving to be one of the stars of the tournament. The Aussie bowlers will be looking to dismiss him as early as possible to prevent him from further adding to his tally.
Liton Das also batted superbly for Bangladesh and just missed out on a century himself. Das, playing in his first ever World Cup match, finished on 94 and put together a partnership of 189 with Shakib.
Australia’s batsmen have also been in supreme form. Captain Aaron Finch is just behind Shakib with 343 tournament runs whilst David Warner (281) and Steve Smith (243) are also amongst the top 10 run scorers so far.
In Australia's last match, Finch smashed 153 runs from 132 deliveries. This total is the joint highest induvial score of the tournament so far, level with England’s Jason Roy. Steve Smith chipped in with an impressive 73 to secure an 87-run win over Sri Lanka.
Australia’s bowlers have also been coping brilliantly with the English conditions. Mitchell Starc picked up 4 wickets in their last match against Sri Lanka and also claimed a five-wicket haul against the West Indies.
If Starc can take a couple of early wickets against Bangladesh, it will put his team in a great position to win the match. Pat Cummins has taken 11 wickets so far and his pace will also be key to Australia’s chances of success.
Bangladesh’s weakness is their bowling. They have failed to bowl out any of their opponents so far at the tournament and with Australia’s batsmen in relentless form, this doesn’t bode well for Bangladesh.
Australia can all but secure a spot in the semi-finals with a win on Thursday. If they were to win, they would sit at the top of the table on 10 points with just 3 group matches to play.
This incentive should be enough to spur the Aussies on to victory. Their batsmen have been posting big totals and if their bowlers can get rid of Bangladesh’s top order early on, they should win the match comfortably.