Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Australia look to regain confidence against battered Bangladesh. There were points during the drubbing they suffered in Dubai a few days ago, where Aaron Finch and his team looked out of depth
There were points during the drubbing they suffered in Dubai a few days ago, where Aaron Finch and his team looked out of depth
You can get a rather fair idea of a team's confidence and where it's at when a single defeat on the back of two consecutive wins makes it look unsettled. Yes, Australia's loss in the last game did come against a rampant England outfit en route to what looks like a potential march to the summit. And yes, they still do have a reasonable level of control of their immediate future in this T20 WC.
But there were points during the drubbing they suffered in Dubai a few days ago, where Aaron Finch and his team looked out of depth. They came across as a team who didn't quite know how they intended to deal with this challenge, if not the format. It brought back some worrying memories of their dual tours to the Caribbean and Bangladesh earlier in the year, where albeit with a less than full-strength team, they received a pair of thrashings.
It's those very two teams that the Australians now have to overcome to make sure they have a less-complicated pathway to the semifinal stage of the tournament. Thankfully for the Aussies, they will start the recovery phase of their campaign against a Bangladesh outfit, who unlike the one they came up against in August, have had their confidence battered even worse.
It also helps that Mahmudullah & Co are just coming off a battering at the hands of a bowling attack, shaped a lot like the Aussies, in terms of their fast bowling. It also comes at a time when the pitches around the UAE seemed to have found a second coming, with the ball beginning to get through the surfaces a lot more. As a result, we've seen the fast bowlers beginning to have a say, while bowling fast and not always resorting to changes of pace. And we've also seen the power-hitters get into the tournament a lot more.
That augurs well for Australia and their at-times one-dimensional approach to this shortest format. You'd back the likes of Finch and David Warner to look more at ease against the Bangladeshi bowlers, including looking much more at ease against the impressive Taskin Ahmed than say the South Africans in the last game. And their Test quality pace attack look well-suited to make further inroads into the Bangladeshi psyche, which Anrich Nortje and Kagiso Rabada have left riddled with doubts.
When: Australia v Bangladesh, Super 12 Group 1, November 4, 14:00 Local, 15:30 IST
Where: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
What to expect: It says a lot about the trueness of a pitch when you see Martin Guptill hitting through the line and launching big sixes, like he did against Scotland on Wednesday (November 3). And though Dubai has seen spin have a bigger say than the other two venues for the T20 WC, you'd expect the game to be decided more on the basis of how the Bangladeshi batters handle the Australian pacers and vice versa. Humidity though could play a huge role in testing the players' cardio but the day game will ensure that dew will not play any role.
T20I Head-to-Head: Australia 5 Bangladesh 4 (4-0 in T20 WCs.)
Injury/Availability Concerns:The only question for Australia is whether they resort to the playing XI they started the tournament with before making a seemingly panic call in strengthening their bowling reserves against England. And it looks very likely, especially based on how the Bangladeshis fared against the Proteas, that the Aussies could do without a second spinner and instead get the in-form Mitch Marsh back.
Tactics & Matchups: Australia simply need to borrow a leaf from the book that both New Zealand and India seemed to have used in their respective games against Scotland and Afghanistan. Play with freedom, go for the jugular early with bat and ball and ensure that you don't get stuck in any sort of rut.
Probable XI: David Warner, Aaron Finch (c), Mitchell Marsh, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade (wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood
Injury/Availability Concerns: Mustafizur Rahman, who played a starring role against the Aussies at home during the 4-1 series win, should return in place of Nasum Ahmed. Soumya Sarkar's lean run has continued in this tournament, but with Shakib Al Hasan out, he could well retain his place.
Tactics & Matchups: Bangladesh have nothing to lose and could take Australia down with them if they play their cards right. Their top-order has been the big letdown but this will be a good opportunity as any for a couple of their old hands in Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah to make an impression in what is their team's last game in the UAE this time around.
Probable XI: Mohammad Naim, Litton Das (wk), Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah (c), Afif Hossain, Shamim Hossain, Mahedi Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Shoriful Islam
Did you know?
– Since beating West Indies in their inaugural T20 WC game in 2007, Bangladesh have not beaten another Full Member nation in the six editions since.
– Bangladesh have been bowled for below 100 thrice in 2021 – the only Full member side to achieve the dubious distinction – in three different host countries underlining the general ineptitude of their batsmen.
What they said:
“It's been surprising actually at Dubai that the dew hasn't come in as much. It maybe greases up the wicket a little bit so that the ball comes on to the bat a bit nicer, and as we've seen in the night games, that chasing seems to be the way to go. So the day games to an extent takes the toss out of the equation, which is actually really good. I think that actually suits us really well” – Ashton Agar.