Do or die for both Tigers and Kangaroos
20 March 2016, Nirapad News: This year’s World T20 so far has spell out ridiculous things as Kiwis upset India, while South Africa famous for their choking ability failed to defend 229 will definitely inspire Bangladesh who are licking their wounds with their defeat against Pakistan and two of their best bowler being banned will be looking to add to that run of ridiculousness by believing they can beat Australia when the two sides meet on Monday at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.
Bangladesh faced a harsh condition as they will have to do it without spinner Arafat Sunny and pacer Taskin Ahmed, though, after both were suspended from bowling in international cricket by ICC.
Both banned bowlers starred in Bangladesh’s Super 10 clash against Pakistan, with Sunny taking two for 34 and Taskin two for 32 in the losing cause. Those figures weren’t enough to save Bangladesh, though, who struggled in all departments, conceding over 200 runs and the batsmen managing a meagre 146, as Pakistan won by 55 runs.
Bangladesh has never beaten Australia in a T20, but there is no reason why they should not believe that they can. Australia lost their opening fixture, against New Zealand, and hardly looked like the world-beating, chest-thumping, unbeatable team their reputation proclaims them to be.
Their T20 record since 2015 is poor, having won just two out of eight fixtures, and if Bangladesh can get over the psychological blow of losing two of their bowlers and that massive defeat against Pakistan, we could be in for a thriller.
Neither side has played at Bangalore this tournament, so both will be unfamiliar with conditions. Bangalore has hosted just one T20i before, with Pakistan beating India here in 2012, chasing down 134 with two balls still remaining.
Tidy bowling, especially from the spinners, will be Bangladesh’s biggest asset, while Australia will be hoping their big bating guns fire in what is a must-win match for both sides.
Bangladesh has the luxury of having played the preliminary rounds of matches, which has allowed their players to get their eye in. Tamim Iqbal leads the run-scoring charts with 257 runs, including his maiden century, and the Tigers will want him to set the platform for them to build a big total from.
While Australia playing to their potentials can just blow Tigers out of the meet in a pathetic manner as they have both class and power to do the needful.
Australia: Steven Smith, Ashton Agar, James Faulkner, John Hastings, Usman Khawaja, Glenn Maxwell, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa, Shane Watson, Peter Nevill, Mitchell Marsh, Josh Hazlewood, Aaron Finch, Nathan Coulter-Nile, David Warner
Bangladesh: Mashrafe Mortaza, Abu Hider, Mohammad Mithun, Nurul Hasan, Soumya Sarkar, Tamim Iqbal, Sabbir Rahman, Nasir Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mustafizur Rahman, Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan, Al-Amin Hossain .