The match between Australia and New Zealand at Edgbaston was abandoned due to rain. As both teams share each point, it comes down every match mighty crucial for them. And for Bangladesh, it’s a do or die game. Bashar said that there is no chance of way back if a mistake is made.
“I am sure the Bangladesh team would have watched Australia’s match against New Zealand with great interest. I did too, because Bangladesh is due to play the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 champion next and I wanted to get a sense of what new one could expect from Australia. While the team was its formidable self, there were a few signs that Bangladesh will take heart from.
“The no-result in that match at Edgbaston on Friday means Monday’s match at The Oval is important not just for Bangladesh, but for Australia as well. It is clearly a do-or-die match for Bangladesh, which lost its opening game to England on Thursday and will be out of the ICC Champions Trophy if it doesn’t defeat Australia,” he wrote in his column on ICC website.
“But it is also a very important game for Australia because if it doesn’t win, qualification will become tough for it. From both teams’ point of view, there is no way back if they make a mistake, which sets the stage for what should be a humdinger,” he added.
“If you compare the two teams, Australia is definitely ahead in both bowling and batting. It has someone of the calibre of Glenn Maxwell in the middle-order who brings with him the same X-factor that Ben Stokes does for England.
“Then, there are David Warner and Steve Smith – a lot of quality players. And when you look at its bowling attack, guys like Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins have a lot of firepower. It doesn’t have a quality spinner – it didn’t play Adam Zampa against New Zealand – but it still has a really good attack,” he said.
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com