Battle for the Top 4 position intensifies
Our prediction is Australia will win the match!
Australia is playing like a champion side and is currently placed at the top of the table with 8 points. Skipper Aaron Finch, David Warner and Steve Smith are playing consistently and are among the top run scorers of the tournament. Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh`s form in the middle order will be an area of concern for their team. Glenn Maxwell has taken up the all-rounder`s role in the absence of Marcus Stoinis and is providing quick runs at the end and bowling his full quota of 10 overs.
Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins are brilliant with the ball and are the top two wicket-takers in the tournament so far. Nathan CoulterNile is expected to return to playing XI after missing the last match due to injury. He will replace Jason Behrenndoff from the last match. Kane Richardson will be the fourth seam bowler in the squad and is expected to play unless Marcus Stoinis is fit to play in this World Cup.
Bangladesh team is having their best tournament this year and has won matches against South Africa and West Indies. All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has been their star player scoring 384 runs so far. Openers Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar are getting the starts but are yet to convert it into a big score. Liton Das played a scintillating knock in the last match against West Indies scoring 94 runs off just 69 balls.
He also shared an unbeaten record 189-run partnership with Shakib Al Hasan for the fourth wicket. Mustafizur Rahman and Mohammed Saifuddin are the leading wicket-takers for their team and are taking wickets at regular intervals. Shakib and Mehdi Hasan has taken the spin bowling duties and are bowling with good control and accuracy. Skipper Mashrafe Mortaza has been the weak link in the bowling attack so far.
David Warner – David Warner has scored 281 runs in five matches with a century and two fifties. His strike rate has been a concern as it is just over 75 and he needs to work on improving it.
Mitchell Starc – Starc is the leading wicket-taker so far with 13 wickets and he has taken most of his wickets at the death overs. Starc already has four-wicket haul and five-wicket haul to his name.
Aaron Finch – 343 runs, Avg. - 69, Strike rate - 111, HS – 153, 50s-2, 100s -1
Mitchell Starc – 13 wickets, Economy – 5.4 RPO, BB- 5/46
Aaron Finch(C), David Warner, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Usman Khawaja, Alex Carey (wk), Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Shaun Marsh, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Kane Richardson
Aaron Finch, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Alex Carey, Mitchell Starc, Glenn Maxwell, Usman Khawaja, Marcus Stoinis, Steven Smith, David Warner, Adam Zampa
Shakib Al Hasan – Shakib has set the stage on fire with two centuries and two fifties so far in the tournament. He has sealed the No. 3 position for Bangladesh. To add to it he has taken 5 wickets at an economy rate of just 5.8 RPO.
Mustafizur Rahman – Mustafizur Rahman has been the strike bowler for Bangladesh taking wickets at crucial junctures of the match. His two-wicket over stalled the momentum of West Indies last match. Recent Stats:
Shakib Al Hasan – 384 runs, Avg. – 128, Strike rate -104, HS – 124, 50s-2, 100s-2 & 5 wickets
Mohammed Saifuddin – 9 wickets, Economy – 7.3 RPO, BB- 3/72
Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Suranga Lakmal, Isuru Udana, Thisara Perera, Lahiru Thirimanne, Nuwan Pradeep, Jeevan Mendis, Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Kusal Perera (wk), Kusal Mendis
|S Al Hasan||8.0||0||54||2||6.75|
|S Al Hasan||8.0||0||54||2||6.75|
Mehidy Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza, Mahmudullah, Soumya Sarkar, Liton Das, Sabbir Rahman, Shakib Al Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman, Mushfiqur Rahim, Rubel Hossain, Tamim Iqbal
Nottingham pitch will be a high scoring ground and batsmen will enjoy batting here. The bowlers will get got bounce and swing very early in the match. We can expect scores in a range of 300-320 runs here. The weather on the match day looks partly cloudy with just 15-20% chances of rain as per the forecast.
The pitch has some assistance for bowlers early in the match and both teams will look to take advantage of it. Teams have chosen to bowl first in all three matches played here.
Australia team has to experience playing matches at big stages and they are the most successful team in the World Cups so far. This is the best Bangladesh team has ever played in World Cups and they chased down over 320 runs in just 41 overs. This will be cracking contest as the winner of this match will get one step closer to playoffs. We predict Australia to win this match.
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