Australia and Bangladesh both have kicked off their World Cup campaign on a losing note. Pakistan crushed Bangladesh by 55 runs, where they were chasing 203 runs for the win. On the other hand, New Zealand got their notes on the right place, who were managed to defend a low total of 143 runs with the courtesy of their early adaption to the conditions.
The Bengal Tigers are all set to face the mighty Aussies in Bangalore with a huge setback of losing Tasking Ahmed and Arafat Sunny due to their dubious actions. On the other hand, Aussies were more than efficient against the aggressive Kiwis to restrict them to just 142 runs. It was Australia’s batting and New Zealand’s brilliance with the ball that cost Kangaroos the match.
Australia has not been beaten by Bangladesh in the shortest format of the game and they will likely to keep up this feat intact. On the other hand, Australia’s weakness against spinners on slow tracks like India is having in this tournament, are no secret. Despite of Sunny being banned, Bangladesh has enough resources in the spinning department. Saqlain Sajib might get the international cap in absence of Sunny.
It is the only format where Australia finds it difficult to find consistency. Aaron Finch was left out by Australia to make room for an extra spinning option, Ashton Agar. Australia has an off spinner in the shape of Glen Maxwell and a leggie Adam Zampa. So, there can be a possibility of including their pacer, John Hastings. If Australia’s batting is able to put a decent total above 150, they are likely to dominate Bangladesh.