Bangladesh are set to take on current world champions Australia in the fifth match of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 at The Oval. As the all important game begins, let’s have a look at the ODI record between these two teams. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ রেকর্ডবুকে বাংলাদেশ-অস্ট্রেলিয়া]
Head-to-head: Australia have a dominant record over Bangladesh in ODIs. These two nations faced each other 19 times in ODI cricket and Australia were victorious 18 times. While in 2005 in the NatWest tri-series, Bangladesh got the better of Aussies in Cardiff by five wickets.
Highest totals: In 2011, the third ODI between these two teams saw highest totals against each other. Australia posted 361/8. In reply, Bangladesh managed 295/6.
Lowest totals: Bangladesh’s lowest total against Australia is 74 in the first ODI in Darwin. Australia were restricted to 198/5 in the third ODI in Darwin and still managed to win.
Most runs: Former wicket-keeper batsman Adam Gilchrist holds the record of most runs in Australia-Bangladesh ODIs. He aggregated 444 runs in 12 matches. Habibul Bashar scored 289 in 11 games.
Most wickets: Brad Hogg has 18 wickets in nine matches against Bangladesh while Mashrafe Bin Mortaza scalped 15 in 14 ODIs.
Highest scores: The highest score in Bangladesh-Australia ODIs is Shane Watson’s devastating 185* in 2nd ODI in Dhaka in 2011 while chasing. Mohammad Ashraful is the only Bangladeshi centurion against Australia. He made 100 in Cardiff triumph.
Best bowling figures: Andrew Symonds took 5 wickets for 18 runs against Bangladesh in Manchester in 2005 tri-series. Abdur Razzak’s 3/36 in the first ODI in Chittagong in 2006 is the best bowling figures by a Bangladeshi against Australia.
All these records would say that Bangladesh couldn’t even give a fight to Australia in past. But time has changed. Bangladesh have a more experienced squad than of Australia’s. The number of matches played by Bangladeshi players in Champions Trophy squad is 1167 while Australia’s is 618.
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com