In the 26th match of the ongoing ICC World Cup, Australia will battle it out against Bangladesh in order to reclaim the top spot in the points table.
Both the sides won comprehensively in their last fixture of the tournament. Australia defeated Sri Lanka by 87 runs and registered their fourth victory. While Bangladesh defeated West Indies by 7 wickets after successfully chasing down the second-highest score in the World Cup history.
The five-time World Cup winners have already shown, why they are considered a solid side in the tournament each and every time. The Tigers, on the other hand, have surprised everyone with their performance in the competition so far. Leaving the encounter against England, Bangladesh have performed brilliantly in the ongoing World Cup.
This will be the fourth meeting between the two sides in the World Cup history. Australia have been in a commanding position as they have won two out of the last three matches against Bangladesh. The Tigers have never won a single fixture as the remaining one match resulted in no result.
Australia (Probable XI): David Warner, Aaron Finch (C), Usman Khwaja, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (WK), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, and Nathan Coulter-Nile.
Bangladesh (Probable XI): Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (WK), Liton Das, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza (C), Mustafizur Rahman
Aaron Finch vs Mustafizur Rahman
This is going to be an interesting contest as two talented players will take on each other. Aaron Finch clearly is in a better position to win this battle. Because Mustafizur Rahman hasn’t been at his best in the tournament so far.
The Australian captain is the third-highest run scorer in the ongoing World Cup. Finch has scored 343 runs in five matches so far. The Australian opener has already scored two half-centuries and a century for his side, which makes him a big threat in today’s fixture.
Finch is just 23 runs away from completing his 1000 runs in ODIs this year. This has also made the Australian opener the leading ODI run scorer in the current year.
Mustafizur, on the other hand, hasn’t been in great touch this year. The Bangladesh pacer has picked 17 wickets in 10 matches in the current year.
This is going to be the second fixture of Mustafizur against Australia. The pacer hasn’t picked a single wicket against the Baggy Greens so far. However, his 3 for 59 bowling figure in the last game against Windies helped his side restricting the opposition below 350.
Mitchell Starc vs Shakib Al Hasan
The highest wicket-taker of the tournament is all set to battle it out against the leading run scorer of the competition. Who will emerge as the winner of this contest? Well, it’s tough to predict that as both of them have been at top of their game.
The Australian pacer has once again shown everyone, why he is considered one of the best bowlers of the current generation. Starc won the highest wicket-taker award in the last edition of the World Cup and it looks like he is going to reclaim it in the current edition as well.
The 29-year-old bowler has taken 13 wickets in his five matches so far. This also consists of one five-wicket haul that he took against West Indies.
Shakib, on the other hand, has been a key in batting for his side. The all-rounder has scored 384 runs in 4 matches in the ongoing World Cup. The Moyna has already scored two centuries and two half-centuries.
This brilliant batting performance from Shakib has justified, why he is ranked one in the ICC ODI all-rounder ranking. Also, the current performance of Bangladesh’s all-rounder has kept the Tigers in the competition for a semi-final spot.
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It is a brilliant opportunity for Bangladesh to produce one of the biggest upsets of the ongoing World Cup. However, it is not going to be easy as they are up against the tournament favorites.
According to Cricwizz, this is going to be a one-sided victory in favor of Australians. The Tigers are in good form, but their bowling is not too strong. This will provide the Baggy Greens an opportunity of scoring big or chasing a total.
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