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After suffering a crushing defeat to England in their last match, Australia will look to improve their batting and keep their semi-final hopes alive by making a strong comeback against Bangladesh in the T20 World Cup match to be held here on Thursday. Australia have won two of the three matches and are among the contenders for a place in the semi-finals, but Bangladesh are out of the race after losing the first four matches.
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Australia in third place
Australia are currently third in Group I behind England (eight points) and South Africa (six points) with four points from three matches. Both these teams have played four matches each. The Aaron Finch-led Australian team looked strong ahead of the match against England, but their weaknesses came to the fore in this match.
Australia dependent on middle order
Finch scored runs against England, but his top-order batsmen have not been able to perform consistently. Finch and David Warner will have to give a scintillating start to Australia. Questions were raised over the selection of left-arm spinner Aston Agar in place of Mitchell Marsh and it remains to be seen whether the Australian team management sticks to it or changes the team. Glenn Maxwell has also not been able to show IPL form in the tournament so far. Australia is heavily dependent on his performance in the middle order. Apart from this, Marcus Stoinis and Matthew Wade need to score more runs in the last over.
Australia desperate for revenge
Australia’s fast-bowling trio of Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc did not play against Jos Buttler in the previous match. These three will leave no stone unturned to make a comeback against Bangladesh. Australia’s relatively weak side, which lost the T20 series to Bangladesh this year, will be desperate to avenge it. The Australian players know that the conditions are different now and their team is very strong.
Bangladesh’s balance disturbed because of Shakib
Bangladesh are also well aware that a win earlier this year will not matter much here. If he wants to repeat the same performance, then he has to perform unitedly. His batsmen, however, have disappointed him so far. In the last match against South Africa, his team was bowled out for just 84 runs. The balance of the team has been disturbed after Shakib-al-Hasan was ruled out due to injury. If the Mahmudullah-led side is to end their campaign with a win, then its batsmen will have to perform well.
Teams are as follows
Australia: Aaron Finch (c), Pat Cummins, Ashton Agar, Josh Hazlewood, Josh Inglis, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa, Mitchell Swepson.
Bangladesh: Mahmudullah (Captain), Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Soumya Sarkar, Liton Das, Afif Hossain, Mohammad Naeem, Noorul Hasan, Shamim Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed, Mohammad Saifuddin, Shorful Islam, Mahedi Hasan, Nasum Ahmed.
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