The battle to secure a berth in the semifinal will begin for both the teams whose first match results didn’t went according to the plan. Bangladesh went on to lose their first match against England after scoring more than 300 runs where as Australia survived a rain-blessed game against New Zealand and gain one point. Bangladesh will have to regain themselves and play more like a big team rather like a minnows. They need to score fastly and choose their playing XI wisely. Australia on the other hand would have to continue their bowling momentum from the last session of New Zealand innings where they took seven wickets for 32 runs. If pitch will miss roughness than Mustafizur and Shakib will not have advantage in bowling. The tussle will be between the Bangladesh batting against Australia bowling and Australian batting against Bangladesh bowling. The resistance of Bangladesh would be tested against the Australian.
What: Australia vs Bangladesh, champions trophy, 5th June, 15:00 IST
Where: The Oval
What to expect: A strong wind with chances of rain is predicted on Monday evening. A chaseble pitch and team would love to bowl first.
Australia: Chris Lynn was seing practicing along with Glenn Maxwell and Travis Head, spin friendly track will help them have a bowl. Adam Zampa inclusion will be in doubt as no fast bowlers can be excluded from the playing XI.
Probable XI: 1 David Warner, 2 Aaron Finch, 3 Steven Smith (capt), 4 Moises Henriques/Chris Lynn, 5 Glenn Maxwell, 6 Travis Head, 7 Matthew Wade (wk), 8 Mitchell Starc, 9 & 10 John Hastings/Adam Zampa/Pat Cummins, 11 Josh Hazlewood
Bangladesh: they will think of adding an extra bowler in place of imrul Kayes and Taskin Ahmed or mehendi Hasan is the preferred choice. Sabbir Rahman would than return to the number three position.
Probable XI: 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Soumya Sarkar, 3 Sabbir Rahman, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 5 Mahmudullah, 6 Shakib Al Hasan, 7 Mosaddek Hossain, 8 Mehedi Hasan, 9 Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), 10 Rubel Hossain, 11 Mustafizur Rahman
Players in the Spotlight:
Mushfiqur Rahim: his experience to handle fast bowlers would be beneficial playing against the Australian pace attack. His 72 balls 79 came in the losing cause and he would love to score some more runs for his team.
Match Prediction: Australian are the firm favorites to win this match but they will face some resistance from Bangladeshi team.