Preview: Bangladesh vs Australia, CT17, Match 5

 

Bangladesh will look to come back to winning ways against Australia in their second match of the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy 2017 in what will be a must-win game for both the sides with no room for error whatsoever. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ অস্ট্রেলিয়ার বিপক্ষে বাংলাদেশের সেরা একাদশ]

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The equation is quite clear for both the Tigers and the Aussies, either win the match to remain in contention for semifinal fqualification, or get knocked out of the competition.

While Bangladesh lost their first match against the hosts England by 8 wickets, Australia survived New Zealand scare, as the match was eventually washed out due to rain with both sides sharing one point each.

Bangladesh were 20-30 runs short against England and will hope the top order will continue their good form.

Tamim Iqbal and Test captain Mushfiqur Rahim 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.

The Tigers were a bowler short in their lineup and may bring either Mehedi Hasan Miraz, or Sunzamul Islam, or Taskin Ahmed into the side.

In the meantime, Australia will be looking for a vast improvement to their performance at Edgbaston against New Zealand. Moises Henriques experiment batting at 4 may be given another go while the reigning world champions may be tempted to play Adam Zampa in this must-win clash.

So far Bangladesh and Australia have met 20 times in ODIs. Australia won 18 of them and Bangladesh won once. That memorable win came in 2005 at Cardiff. Bangladesh beat Australia by 5 wickets thanks to Mohammad Ashraful’s century.

Last time Bangladesh faced Australia was in ICC World Cup 2015 group stage match at Brisbane. That match was washed out due to rain.

Sunday’s match at The Oval in London will be a day-night affair, and it will roll onto the ground on 6.30pm. Gazi Television, Maasranga, BTV and the Star Sports Network will telecast the match live, while the official online streaming will be available on hotstar.

Bangladesh likely XI: Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman, Mahmudullah Riyad, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Shakib Al Hasan, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehedi Hasan Miraz, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza (c), Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain.

Australia likely XI: David Warner, Aaron Finch, Steven Smith (c), Moises Henriques, Glenn Maxwell, Travis Head, Matthew Wade (wk), Adam Zampa, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood.

 

– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com