End of Over 7: Both Warner and Finch are now looking a bit more settled compared to the start. That punch from Warner, getting on top of the bounce, was prime example of a batsman getting his eye in. 36/0
End of Over 5: Dropped! After Finch (13*) started the over by hitting Mortaza for a SIX, the over ends with a Sabbir dropping Warner (12*) at point. 27/0
End of Over 3: Just three runs off Mortaza’s second over. 12/0
End of Over 2: And a boundary for Warner as well, off a back-foot punch through the covers – all timing. 9/0
Mustafizur Rahim to open proceedings from the other end.
End of Over 1: Both Warner and Finch off the mark, the latter with a well-timed flick off his hips for Australia’s first boundary. 4/0
The familiar pair of David Warner and Aaron Finch out to open for the Aussies. Skipper Mashrafe Mortaza to start bowling for Bangladesh.
BANGLADESH: Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Liton Das, Mahmudullah, Sabbir Rahman, Mehidy Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman
AUSTRALIA: David Warner, Aaron Finch (c), Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa
AARON FINCH: We are gonna bat first, looks a really good surface. I think we have played well in patches. There have been times we haven’t got it right. Still excited to be in this position. Stoinis comes back in the team. We get through the middle overs nicely.
MASHRAFE MORTAZA: It’s a good wicket, you never know. We are chasing very well in the last few matches. My knees are alright, trying hard, let’s see. The boys are confident after that last match. Rubel comes in for Saifuddin and Sabbir comes in for Mosaddek.
TOSS NEWS: Aaron Finch wins the toss, Australia decide to bat first.
It’s Day 22, and the ICC World Cup 2019 chariot has arrived back in Nottingham for Match 26 between defending champions Australia and the high-flying Bangladesh. And we welcome you once again here at Timesofindia.com, bringing all the live updates from the game that is scheduled to begin 1500 IST.
With four wins in five matches, Australia are enjoying comfortably at No. 3 on the points table. But with victories over South Africa and West Indies, the Bangla tigers, currently No. 5, have done better so far compared to former champions Sri Lanka, Windies and Pakistan; and thus, can’t be taken lightly.
That gives Bangladesh hope to topple the title-holders, but it won’t be easy against the five-time champions.
It has been a smooth if not dominant ride for Australia thus far but the defending champions run into a tricky Bangladesh when they strive to get closer to World Cup semifinals on Thursday.
The Aaron Finch-led side is at number two behind table-toppers England, though it also has eight points from five matches. Australia (0.812) are marginally behind the hosts (1.862) when Net Run Rate is taken into account.
Australia will start favourites but a passionate Bangladesh are expected to make life tough for the holders.
The ‘Tigers’ have shown what they are capable of when they comprehensively beat the West Indies, riding on a magnificent 124 not out from all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan.
In the form of his life, Shakib has already hit back-to-back centuries and Australia would still remember that it was he, who had plotted their downfall in Bangladesh’s historic Test victory against them two years ago with a 10-wicket match haul.
The format is different but coach Justin Langer admitted that his side will have to deal with Shakib.
“He (Shakib) probably is the world’s best all-rounder and a left-arm spinner,” said Langer.
The good news for Australia is that all-rounder Marcus Stoinis is fit after missing two matches due to a side strain though he is not a definite starter against Bangladesh.
Langer also hinted that a specialist spinner may come in in his eleven in view of the “dry” strip at the Trent Bridge.
“That (playing four fast bowlers) might change. That was more brought upon us because Stoinis got injured. It’s been wet, it’s been overcast, the wickets get a bit drier. This one (at Trent Bridge) looks dry,” he said.
Australia played leg-spinner Adam Zampa in their first three matches, winning two of those, but in the last two matches they have not fielded any specialist spinner.
They have used part-timer Glenn Maxwell as their main spinner in the last two matches, with captain Finch also chipping in against Pakistan. Off-spinner Nathan Lyon has not played so far in the tournament.
Bangladesh, on the other hand, are known to raise their level agianst top sides, Before getting the better of West Indies, they had shocked South Africa by 21 runs in their campaign opener.
With five points from as many matches, Bangladesh have become a contender for the semifinal spot.
After his unbeaten 124, Shakib declared that he held no fear for the Australian pace brigade, led by Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins.
“We’ve been facing some of the best fast bowlers in the last four matches. We’ve been coping well and we’re not worried about that because we played England, we played West Indies. Both the teams got 140, 150-plus bowlers.
“We just need to do our basics right. I think we’re a skilled team and we are capable enough to counter those challenges.”
The likes of opening batsman Tamim Iqbal and wicketkeeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim have been in good touch while Liton Das hit a blistering 69-ball 94 not out against West Indies.
But the bowling department of Bangladesh will have to rise up to the occasion if they have to notch up their first win against Australia in the World Cup.
Source : timesofindia