Bangladesh has been playing good cricket in the last few years and the team has proved why it is considered the 2nd best Asian team with their performances in the 2019 Cricket World Cup. The Bangla Tigers have fared better than the likes of Pakistan and Sri Lanka in this tourney. But, they have a stern test up next with the defending champions, Australia being their next opponents.
Bangladesh has never defeated Australia in a World Cup match but with the form they are in, it is likely that they might break that losing streak. Here's how the Bangla Tigers could line-up for the game against Australia -
Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar will open the innings for the team, followed by the in-form Shakib Al Hasan at number 3.
Wicket-keeper batsman, Mushfiqur Rahim will bat at number 4 while Liton Das and Mahmudullah will occupy the number 5 and number 6 positions.
Mossadek Hossain and Mehedi Hasan will be the team's spinners and the trio of Mashrafe Mortaza, Mohammad Saifuddin and Mustafizur Rahman will handle the pace bowling department.
Key Players for Bangladesh
Batsmen - Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal
Without a doubt, Shakib Al Hasan is the best batsman for Bangladesh at the moment but we should not forget that the team's opener Tamim Iqbal has a good record at the World Cups. Though he is yet to play a big innings in this edition so far, one could bank on Iqbal to come out all guns blazing versus Australia.
Bowlers - Mustafizur Rahman and Mashrafe Mortaza
Mustafizur Rahman will have the responsibility of putting the brakes on Australia's hard hitters in the slog overs. Skipper Mashrafe Mortaza will have to ensure that not many runs are conceded in the powerplay overs.
Predicted Playing XI
Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Liton Das, Mahmudullah, Mossadek Hossain, Mehedi Hasan, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mashrafe Mortaza (c) and Mustafizur Rahman.
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