Bangladesh found itself on threshold of the backdoor of Champions Trophy quite early following a low record of batting as well as bowling. Only a victory in this match against Australia can salvage the team of an imminent return journey from England. The damage was done by their failed campaign against England. While, Australia bolstered with the victory against New Zealand.
Bangladesh should undergo a total overhaul of their team and its primary XI. Finding an impeccable combination of players will be crucial for the team to play against Australia. Australia too need some homework on batting lineup in middle order as well as bowlers. Still, the like of Adam Zampa is expected to show up stronger in the match. Mustafizur Rahman and Shakib Al Hasan, the best bets for Bangladesh in bowling front could have a good advantage. Fresh with their IPL campaigns, the bowlers will face David Warner, the top batsman in the same tournament.
The catch, however, for Bangladesh will be to tackle Australia’s bowling attack. In this front, Mushfiqur Rahim is on spotlight, since his strike in the last match. Meanwhile, Josh Hazlewood is in strong form on Australia’s side. The bowler was the match winner in their previous fixture against New Zealand. There is a possibility of rain and strong wind at Kennington Oval by the first half of the match.
This Champions Trophy season has been hampered by downpours so far. A match was wash out and the latest fixture between India and Pakistan was adjusted. This is a case for ICC to cognize so that weather condition is taken into consideration seriously while planning venues for such important events. In Kennington, teams batting first has won seven times off 11 times in day-night fixtures. The average first inning score on the pitch is 247 and for second inning, it is 214. There is a good possibility for the team batting first to win, but there is also a good possible for a first inning wash-out.
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