Date: November 04, 2021
Time: 3:30 PM IST
Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium
Bangladesh and Australia will lock horns in Match 34 of the T20 World Cup 2021 at Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Super 12 match of Group 1. Bangladesh suffered a 6-wicket defeat against South Africa while claimed a nail-biting last-over win over Sri Lanka, Australia lost to England by 8 wickets. The Aussies will be led by Aaron Finch while Mahmudullah will lead Bangladesh.
Toss has played a crucial role in Dubai during the World Cup so far, with sides batting second getting a clear advantage with dew on the field. With a total of 130-140 not proving to be competitive enough, the side batting first might look to go beyond 160-run mark to give themselves a chance. Scoring runs has not been so easy in the middle overs. Pacers and spinners are expected to get some assistance from this pitch.
Bangladesh batsmen disappointed massively as they were all out for a paltry 84 against the Proteas. Their batting has been quite inconsistent in the tournament and the opening duo of Mohammad Naim and Liton Das will need to step up if they are to give a fight to Australia. All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan will not play in Bangladesh's remaining Super 12 matches due a hamstring injury. The all-rounder sustained the blow in the match against West Indies. Shakib is a key part of the Bangladesh team and his absence will be a huge blow for the team.
Australia will look to bounce back after their defeat against England. Australia need to beat already-eliminated Bangladesh to keep their hopes alive for the semi-finals. David Warner and skipper Aaron Finch have regained their form at the right time and will aim to provide their side an explosive start. The team also has a solid middle order comprising the likes of Steve Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Marsh, who all are quality players and can turn the match on its head. The bowling department also looks well-settled.
Mahmudullah (c), Mohammad Naim Sheikh, Soumya Sarkar, Liton Das, Mushfiqur Rahim, Afif Hossain, Nurul Hasan Sohan, Shak Mahedi Hasan, Nasum Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Shoriful Islam, Taskin Ahmed, Shaif Uddin, Shamim Hossain
Aaron Finch (c), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins (vc), Josh Hazlewood, Josh Inglis, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Swepson, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa.
Conclusion: England, Australia and South Africa are the front-runners to progress to semis from this Group 1. While England are comfortably sitting at the top of the table, the fight for the second spot in the group is expected to be a close battle between Australia and South Africa. As a result, each match will be of great significance for Australia. Coming to this match, Australia are the favourites to emerge victorious considering the form and squad strength of the two teams. It will be difficult for Bangladesh to come to terms with the absence of their star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan.
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