The Aussies now find themselves in a must-win scenario going into the next match.
Bangladesh and Australia are set to take part in the third game of the five-match T20I series on Friday, August 6 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. The Tigers are on a roll as they have already taken a 2-0 lead in the series with a thumping five-wicket victory on Wednesday night in Dhaka.
Their spinners have been hard to pounce on thus far. The fast bowlers haven’t disappointed either. As far as the Aussies are concerned, they are now in a must-win scenario for the rest of the series. Barring Mitchell Marsh and Josh Hazlewood, the others are yet to find some momentum thus far.
Match – Bangladesh vs Australia – 3rd T20I
Venue – Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka
Time – 05:30 PM IST, 06:00 PM Local
Where to watch live – Fancode
The pitch in Mirpur has been a tough one for batting until now. Another low-scoring game seems to be on the cards for Friday. In the last game, the bowlers were seen bringing out their towels due to the presence of dew. Hence, batting second is an option for the teams. The batters are again expected to find it tough.
Avg score: 148 (46 T20Is in Dhaka)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 23, Lost – 23, N/R – 0
Playing combination for BAN vs AUS
Mohammad Naim Sheikh, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah Riyad (C), Afif Hossain Dhrubo, Mahedi Hasan, Nurul Hasan Sohan (WK), Shamim Hossain Patwary, Shoriful Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Nasum Ahmed
Bench: Mosaddek Hossain Saikat, Mohammad Mithun, Taskin Ahmed, Mohammad Saifuddin, Rubel Hossain, Taijul Islam
Alex Carey, Matthew Wade (C and WK), Mitchell Marsh, Josh Philippe, Moises Henriques, Ashton Turner, Ashton Agar, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood, Andrew Tye
Bench: Wes Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Mitchell Swepson, Ben McDermott
BAN vs AUS Head-to-Head
Played – 6 | Bangladesh – 2 | Australia – 4 | N/R – 0 | Tied- 0
Played – 3 | Bangladesh – 2 | Australia – 1| N/R – 0 | Tied- 0
Probable best batsman of the match
Mitchell Marsh– Australia
Mitchell Marsh has been playing lone hands for Australia for quite some time now. In the first game, his knock of 45 went in vain as the Aussies failed to chase a modest total. It wasn’t any different on Wednesday as well. The right-hander notched 45, but his knock wasn’t enough for his team to win. He is currently the leading run-scorer in the series.
Probable best bowler of the match
Mustafizur Rahman- Bangladesh
Mustafizur Rahman has been a tough nut to crack for the Aussies in the series. The fact that he has bowled at an economy rate of 4.87 shows how frugal he has been. The pacer has picked up five wickets from two games at an average of 7.80 and a strike rate of 9.6. The visitors need to find a way of countering his variations of pace.
Today’s match prediction: Bangladesh to win the match.
Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned, and make your own decision.