Australia vs Bangladesh Match Prediction: The Sportsrush present before you Match Prediction of 2019 World Cup Match 26 between AUS and BAN.
Pulling off an incredible 322-run chase against West Indies in their previous match, Bangladesh have registered two solid victories. They stunned South Africa earlier in the tournament, raking on a massive 330 runs and will be looking to give Australia the jitters when the two sides meet on Thursday.
Up against an Australian bowling attack which is prone to being ripped apart, Bangladesh know that they have a solid chance of pulling of what would be the biggest result of the tournament till now. On a Trent Bridge surface which is going to play into the batters’ hands, Bangladesh need to show the same composure and acumen they have displayed until now to give Australia a run for their money.
However, things are far easier said than done. Occupying second place in the league standings, Australia with the four wins will be eyeing the top of the table spot at the culmination of today’s encounter. With two massive wins against Pakistan and Sri Lanka on the bounce, Australia take on their fourth straight Asian country, a road which began with their first defeat at the hands of India.
Australia vs Bangladesh – What numbers suggest?
The identify of this face off is as one-sided as they come. In 20 ODIs between the two countries till date, Australia have won a momentous 18 encounters, leaving Bangladesh with just the one win while the one match ended without giving us a result.
In the World Cup, the two teams have faced off against each other on three occasions with Australia defeating Bangladesh two times while the one match has been forfeited owing to murky weather conditions.
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) June 19, 2019
Australia vs Bangladesh – Key Battles
Pat Cummins vs Tamim Iqbal
Setting the platform for the middle-order to come and build around on a pristine Trent Bridge surface, Tamim Iqbal knows his role is going to be hugely important. Australia posses a wondrous batting line-up, one capable of traversing to any scoreline on this surface and if Bangladesh are to make things tough for them, they’ll need Tamim to get them off to another fine start.
The one challenge he’s going to face though and possibly the biggest one for him is bound to be in the form of Pat Cummins. The pacer has formed a sensational duo alongside Starc and his immense pace along with the swing he’s been able to generate is massively going to leave Tamim perturbed. The shorter ball in particular will be used heavily against Tamim, someone who struggles at pulling the ball.
Steven Smith vs Mehidy Hasan Miraz
Both the times when Steven Smith has been dismissed below 15 runs in this tournament, it’s come against the spinners. He was sent packing cheaply by Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Mohammad Hafeez from Afghanistan and Pakistan respectively, two slower bowlers who stalled Australia’s number three batsmen by outdoing him in the air and by getting the ball to grip on hitting the surface.
And in Mehidy Hasan, Smith is going to face off against another spinner who is bound to rile him up. The game plan to Smith is fairly simple for the off-spinner. He needs to keep the bowling wicket to wicket, giving it enough air and getting it to turn into Smith’s pads. The batsman hates encountering the ball which comes into him, leaving him floundering on how to read it, often leaving his pads exposed or getting a thick edge on the ball.
Australia vs Bangladesh – Match Prediction
This is a match where we are going to have the runs come by thick and at an exemplary rate. We won’t be surprised if both the sides can manage to score in excess of 300 and make this encounter the first one which goes to the last over.
What pushes the scales in Australia’s favour is the depth which they have in their batting unit. Apart from Bangladesh’s top 4, the batting order is known to crumble under pressure, something in complete contrast to the experience Australia’s batsmen bring to the table.
We see those crucial runs from the middle-order winning this match for Australia and seeing them move to 10 points.