The Aussies at the third position in the Group 1 points table, having won two and lost one of their three matches. There are still in contention for a semi-final spot. However, South Africa have inched slightly ahead with three wins from four matches. A victory against Bangladesh will take them on par with the Proteas on points. However, the thrashing they received at the hands of England has dented their run rate. They will need to boost that as well against Bangladesh.
Australia fared poorly against the Englishmen in what was billed as a close contest between two traditional rivals. England bowlers exploited the conditions in Dubai brilliantly as they fielded first. Except for captain Aaron Finch and a couple of lower-order batters, no one else made a contribution with the bat. England then chased down the target of 126 with ease as Jos Buttler went hammer and tongs. The Aussies will have to lift themselves against Bangladesh
Bangladesh have had a disastrous run in the Super 12 round, losing all four of their matches. Against South Africa, they hit a new low, crumbling to 84 all out. Only two Bangladesh batters, Liton Das and Mahedi Hasan could get into the 20s. When they bowled, Bangladesh managed to pick up four wickets. However, the target was never going to threaten the South Africans. Can they find a way to avoid another embarrassment against Australia?
Australia’s Predicted XI: David Warner, Aaron Finch (c), Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade (wk), Pat Cummins, Ashton Agar, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Adam Zampa
Bangladesh’s Predicted XI: Mohammad Naim, Liton Das (wk), Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah (c), Afif Hossain, Shamim Hossain, Mahedi Hasan, Nasum Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, Taskin Ahmed
Top fantasy picks for Australia vs Bangladesh clash: David Warner, Aaron Finch, Adam Zampa, Mohammad Naim, Liton Das, Mahmudullah
--Renin Wilben Albert