Bangladesh win the toss and bat
One change each for both teams, and it’s a spinner apiece. Mehedi Hasan in for Bangladesh. Adam Zampa comes in for John Hastings.
Australia would expect a better show from their bowlers when they clash with the ever-improving Bangladesh in a Group A ICC Champions Trophy match at the Kennington Oval today at 6.60 pm (BD Time).
Australia 1 David Warner, 2 Aaron Finch, 3 Steven Smith (capt), 4 Moises Henriques/Chris Lynn, 5 Glenn Maxwell, 6 Travis Head, 7 Matthew Wade (wk), 8 Mitchell Starc, 9 Adam Zampa, 10 Pat Cummins, 11 Josh Hazlewood
Bangladesh 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Soumya Sarkar, 3 Imrul Kayes, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 5 Mahmudullah, 6 Shakib Al Hasan, 7 Sabbir Rahman, 8 Mehedi Hasan, 9 Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), 10 Rubel Hossain, 11 Mustafizur Rahman
The Australian bowlers received a severe thrashing at the hands of New Zealand batsmen in their previous game before rain gods intervened and the match was abandoned.
On the other hand, Bangladesh may not have won their first match against England but their batting was impressive. Tamim Iqbal and former captain Mahmudullah led the batting but the bowlers could not complement the good work as England chased the down the challenging 306-run target with remarkable ease.
Ahead of today’s match all the predictions are on Aussie side but Bangladesh can be dangerous too. I have tried to find out some reasons for which Bangladesh can be better than Australia and they will win it. The analysis is given below:
1.Pitch and Ground: The Oval cricketer ground has been historically lucky for the batsmen. One side of the ground is small and that is why batsmen get benefit there. Moreover, the pitches in ICC tournaments always remain batting friendly and all the matches which have been happened so far at this ground in this Champions Trophy have seen 300+ scores. Bangladesh showed a fantastic batting performance against England in this ground in the last match but they lost the match. Ahead of today, they will be more confident as they know how much they need to get to put Aussies in trouble. Moreover, Bangladeshi players are used to play in those kind of pitches.
2.Bowling Attack of Australia: There was a time when Bangladeshi players feared to play against the fast bowlers but the situation has been changed now as they now love to hit them. Australia’s bowling attack is full of pace and bounce which might not be so effective in the Oval and Bangladeshi batsmen are capable of handling them. On the other hand, Australia will pick the young leg-spinner, Adam Zampa for today’s match and he is good too. But the inexperience of him will effect his credibility.
3.Mentality: Bangladesh always like to come back from the worst situation and after losing the first match their tactics and playing style have come under the scrutiny of the critics. Moreover, the international media has already made Australia the favorite team for today’s match and this will hurt Bangladesh in a good way. Meanwhile, their inspirational captain, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza will inspire his team by remembering the greatest win against the Aussie side in Cardiff on 2005.
4.Bangladeshi Bowlers: Bangladesh are a good bowling side now with bowlers like Mustafizur Rahman, Mehedi Hasan Miraz and Rubel Hossain. Moreover, Mashrafe and Shakib are always there to help them. Miraz was not picked against England and Shakib has not been in superb form. But, Miraz should be taken into today’s playing XI and Australian batsmen will surely face a hard time against a quality spinner life him. Meanwhile, Shakib is a champions bowler who knows how to come back in crucial matches.
5.Supporters: All the Bangladeshi cricketers should feel lucky as they have a huge fan base all over the world. Their supporters can do anything to see their team winning and they are very energetic. In the last match against the home team England, there were more supporters for Bangladesh. Even in the last tri-nation series in Ireland, there was huge crowd in all matches to support them. Today they will face the Aussies and surely, there will be more people there in the Oval to support the Tigers which will boos them up.
Now, all depends on the Tigers as they have to perform well in the field. This is a ‘do or die’ match for the Kangaroos too and so they won’t be so easy to face.