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Spirited Tigers face mighty Aussies today

Atif Azam

20 June, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Spirited Tigers face mighty Aussies today

Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan warms up during a practice session at Trent Bridge on Wednesday. – BCB Photo

Confident Bangladesh are looking forward to keep the momentum going as they take on mighty Australia in their sixth game of the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019 at Trent Bridge in Nottingham today.

Australia lost only to India, but apart from that match they won all of the matches on the back of some dominating performance.

The Tigers gunned down West Indies’ mammoth total of 321 runs, making Bangladesh upbeat ahead of their encounter against Australia.

Australia have secured eight points from five matches to keep them in the second position at the points table while Bangladesh stood fifth position with five points from five games till Wednesday.

Bangladesh are seen as underdog in the match, but their recent performance hinted that the game wouldn’t be one-sided.

If Shakib Al Hasan continues his brilliant performance in batting and bowling, Bangladesh can win the match.

The ace all-rounder has so far accumulated 384 runs in four matches, hitting two centuries and two half-centuries, and his lowest score so far in this tournament is 64 runs.

In addition, he took five wickets with his wily left-arm spin.

Shakib needs to hold on to his consistency as Bangla-desh have many things to prove against the Aussies.

Australia remain the only Test-playing nation against whom Bangladesh didn’t win more than one match.

The Tigers didn’t win any ODI against Australia in a  decade. Their only victory came against Australia in 2005 in Cardiff, thanks to Mohammad Ashraful’s blistering century.

After 2011, Bangladesh faced off Australia just twice, in ICC World Cup 2015 and ICC Champions Trophy 2017 and both times the match was washed out, meaning Tigers didn’t play any ODI games against Aussies since 2011.

This time if rain allows, Bangladesh would look to set their record right even though the Aussies are in top form with their bowling line up causing carnage against any batting line.

Shakib, who led Bangladesh’s sensational victory against West Indies from the front with a 99-ball 124-run unbeaten knock insisted that his side is not daunted by their pace attack with two of the top three leading wicket-takers in Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins as he believe they are quite used to handling pace.

Bangladesh, however, are unlikely to change their combination with which they crushed West Indies in the previous game.