Upset brewing as Bangladesh looks to enter top four
It’s great to see a team like Bangladesh having some success in a tournament as big as the ICC Cricket World Cup, they currently sit just outside the top four which is becoming increasingly more difficult to squeeze into. Just to give you an indication of how tight it is, India currently sits fourth having won all three of their games! It’s hard to back against the Aussies in this one despite Bangladesh’s tremendous fight, at the same time an upset shouldn’t be ruled out given what they’ve done against South Africa and the West Indies.
We’re at the point in the tournament where the dominant teams are starting to excel, breaking away from the rest of the pack. It’s fascinating to think that Australia is yet to find their best combination past the halfway mark of the World Cup, yet they’ve still managed to win four out of their five games. Both opening batsmen are in phenomenal touch, the combination of David Warner and Aaron Finch both have an average hovering around the 70-mark which is a massive luxury. Even Steve Smith is averaging just below 50 which gives you a clear indication of their top order dominance. The conundrum for the Aussies at the moment revolves around the No. 3 spot, or is it No. 4? no wait, No. 5. It’s been just about as confusing, and Usman Khawaja’s fluctuating-form hasn’t helped. The fact that Khawaja has been up and down the order suggests that he may not be a good fit now that Warner’s back, Shaun Marsh could potentially find himself batting at No. 3 at Trent Bridge.
With Marcus Stoinis expected to return to Australia’s XI tomorrow, that leaves one of Khawaja or Marsh on the chopping block. The World Cup underdogs have hinted that they aren’t intimidated by Australia’s fast bowling unit, a bold statement indeed. Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins have taken 24 wickets between them in this year’s World Cup, easily the best fast bowling combination in the tournament so far. That’s unlikely to faze Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan who is in career-best form with the bat at the moment. Currently the 2019 World Cup leading run scorer with 384 runs, Shakib has scored back-to-back hundreds against England and the Windies in the process and is averaging triple figures with the bat! Most impressively, the Bangladeshi veteran’s lowest score in four innings is 64, unbelievable! An unbeaten 94 to Liton Das in his first appearance of the World Cup in the UK has furthermore-boosted the teams batting stocks. Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim must deliver strong performances at Trent Bridge tomorrow, Shakib can’t be relied upon to get the job done on his own. Expect the Aussies to include a specialist spinner as well, most-likely at the expense of Jason Behrendorff.
Top 5 fantasy picks – Australia
- Aaron Finch
- Steve Smith
- Mitchell Starc
- David Warner
- Pat Cummins
Wildcard pick – Marcus Stoinis
Top 5 fantasy picks – Bangladesh
- Shakib Al Hasan
- Soumya Sarkar
- Mustafizur Rahman
- Mushfiqur Rahim
- Liton Das
Wildcard pick – Mahmudullah
Predicted Team XI’s
Australia (possible) – 1. Aaron Finch (c) 2. David Warner 3. Shaun Marsh/Usman Khawaja 4. Steve Smith 5. Glenn Maxwell 6. Marcus Stoinis 7. Alex Carey (wk) 8. Pat Cummins 9. Mitchell Starc 10. Adam Zampa/Nathan Lyon 11. Kane Richardson.
Bangladesh (possible) – 1. Tamim Iqbal 2. Soumya Sarkar 3. Shakib Al Hasan 4. Mushfiqur Rahim (wk) 5. Liton Das 6. Mahmudullah 7. Mosaddek Hossain 8. Mohammad Saifuddin 9. Mehidy Hasan/Rubel Hossain 10. Mashrafe Mortaza (c) 11. Mustafizur Rahman.
Zak Varik is an Australian columnist/writer who specializes in the sports category cricket. With over four years of experience covering all sorts of cricket tournaments around the world, Zak has gained extensive knowledge in International cricket as well as domestic.
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