ICC World Cup 2023: Australia (307/2) defeat Bangladesh (306/8) by 8 wickets

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Australia will be looking to maintain their momentum ahead of the knockout stages when they tackle a Bangladesh side already out of the race for the semi-final places. They have now won six matches on the trot at the World Cup and will be keen to make it seven in a row prior to a cut-throat semi-final with South Africa next week.

That fixture might already be locked in, but don't expect Australia to ease up against Bangladesh as they will want to enter the winner-takes-all encounter with the Proteas with even more momentum than they currently have.

Openers David Warner and Travis Head missed out against Afghanistan last start and will be keen for a big score, while in-form spinner Adam Zampa has the lure of becoming the leading wicket-taker at the tournament if he can register another big haul.

While out of contention for a semi-final berth, Bangladesh can move closer to ensuring qualification for the ICC Champions Trophy tournament in 2025 with a win here.

Their task will not be easy though with inspirational skipper Shakib Al Hasan sidelined with a finger issue and the likes of stand-in skipper Najmul Hossain Shanto will need to step up in his absence.



When: November 11, 2023, 10:30 AM IST

Where: Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium, Pune


Teams

Australia:

Fazalhaq Farooqi may make a comeback, potentially replacing Noor Ahmad. Additionally, there's a possibility that Mujeeb Ur Rahman might require compassionate leave following the incident of dropping Glenn Maxwell on 33 in Mumbai on Tuesday.

In terms of tactics and strategy, Afghanistan adopts a patient approach with the bat and relies on strong spin performances. Despite not being flashy at the crease, they have displayed solidity, posting scores of 272/8 and 284 against India and England in Delhi, and 291/5 against Australia at the Wankhede, following their initial dismissal for 156 by Bangladesh. While much attention is given to their spinners, it's noteworthy that the seamers have contributed significantly, accounting for 21 out of the 48 wickets taken by the bowling unit.


Bangladesh:

The absence of Shakib Al Hasan leaves a significant void for any Bangladesh team, especially one that has struggled with inconsistency and appeared out of sync for much of the tournament. Daniel Vettori mentioned the team's anticipation of having "both Mahedis" play, indicating the expected change with all-rounder Mahedi Hasan stepping in for Shakib. Additionally, Mahmudullah and Mushfiqur Rahim are slated to move up one spot each in the batting order.

In terms of tactics and strategy, a day game provides an opportunity for Bangladesh's spinners to play a more substantial role, something that has been surprisingly lacking in the tournament so far. However, the key to challenging Australia will heavily rely on their top-order batsmen finding form to support Mahmudullah, who has been a consistent performer for his country, particularly in World Cups.


Squads:

Bangladesh Squad: Tanzid Hasan, Litton Das, Najmul Hossain Shanto(c), Anamul Haque, Mahmudullah, Mushfiqur Rahim(w), Towhid Hridoy, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Tanzim Hasan Sakib, Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Nasum Ahmed, Mahedi Hasan, Hasan Mahmud

Australia Squad: David Warner, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Marnus Labuschagne, Josh Inglis(w), Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins(c), Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood, Sean Abbott, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Steven Smith


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Only thing left for us is the CT qualification.

Roughly, (take 1-2 runs buffer), if Aussies bat first, we need to loose by 170…. So if they bat first and score 400, we need to get to 228; if 350, 177 and if 300, 126.

If we bat first, then we need to keep Aussies in batting for 22 overs - however, they can win with a six on scores level…. So 23 overs is safer.

I have absolutely no trust in the thinking ability of our players - without Shakib, won’t be surprised if they get all out for 125, trying to chase 300 …. I mean Dutch got us 112/8; Aussies can do better.

So, if we win the toss, without any hesitation bat first and play for personal milestone - don’t mind 201/2 (50) type of total and then keep Aussies on field for 23 overs - if require, don’t bring 4th/5th bowler at all.

It’ll be beyond hopeless situation if they indeed bat first and then against Aussies try to play “for team” and go to first drinks at 74/7……

Aussies might rest few players, which actually is counter productive for us - Aussie reserves are more determined to prove them…. No chance of catching them off guard.
 
Aussies are likely to thrash BD.

But, BD can still make it to CT 2025 even if they lose badly (provided they don't lose worse than SL's margin against NZ).
 
Trying to at least win against Aus is definitely not the goals BD. BD plans are for some distant future tournament in 2050.
 
Only thing left for us is the CT qualification.

Roughly, (take 1-2 runs buffer), if Aussies bat first, we need to loose by 170…. So if they bat first and score 400, we need to get to 228; if 350, 177 and if 300, 126.

If we bat first, then we need to keep Aussies in batting for 22 overs - however, they can win with a six on scores level…. So 23 overs is safer.

I have absolutely no trust in the thinking ability of our players - without Shakib, won’t be surprised if they get all out for 125, trying to chase 300 …. I mean Dutch got us 112/8; Aussies can do better.

So, if we win the toss, without any hesitation bat first and play for personal milestone - don’t mind 201/2 (50) type of total and then keep Aussies on field for 23 overs - if require, don’t bring 4th/5th bowler at all.

It’ll be beyond hopeless situation if they indeed bat first and then against Aussies try to play “for team” and go to first drinks at 74/7……

Aussies might rest few players, which actually is counter productive for us - Aussie reserves are more determined to prove them…. No chance of catching them off guard.
BD need to let Aus bat first, otherwise, they can easily get bowled out for 100 runs. I can easily see Aus winning by some 200 runs and knock BD out of the Champions Trophy. That is a total possibility.
 
Australia won the toss and chose to field first.

TEAMS:

Bangladesh
(Playing XI): Tanzid Hasan, Litton Das, Najmul Hossain Shanto(c), Mahmudullah, Mushfiqur Rahim(w), Towhid Hridoy, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mahedi Hasan, Nasum Ahmed, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman

Australia (Playing XI): David Warner, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Josh Inglis(w), Marcus Stoinis, Sean Abbott, Pat Cummins(c), Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood
 
Australia is being treated like Associate side. But they are not able to hit sixes. Mostly fours.
 
Come on Bangla Bros!! This your chance, your moment!
 
Bangladesh has ct 2025 qualification on line here. They need to go big here and outclass the aussie side here and prove their worth. Doing good atm. Good start for them.

After 9 overs score is 54/0.
 
Bangladesh has ct 2025 qualification on line here. They need to go big here and outclass the aussie side here and prove their worth. Doing good atm. Good start for them.

After 9 overs score is 54/0.
They are atleast going for it, unlike Sri Lanka who just surrendered completely.
 
Australian bowling has been poor right through the tournament. Today is no exception.
 
Finally a breakthrough for the Aussies. Bangladesh is 1 down for 77 runs after 11.3 overs.
 
wish Ravi Shastri was commentating… ball is traveling like a literal tracer bullet on this ground. The pitch and the outfield
 
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They showed a stat on batsmen getting out to short ball. Bangladesh tops the list with 18.
 
Bangladesh is cruising along. After 14 overs, they have scored 96 runs for the loss of 1 wicket.
 
BD should go after a total of 350. This is a toothless garbage bowling. Only Zampa is a threat.
 
I think they are already doing better than what SL did when they had a chance to make a qualification possible.
 
Australia will need ATG / GOAT performances like the Maxy innings to lift the cup… they are getting spanked rn.
 
Litton Das what are you doing man. He is yet to understand how to construct a proper ODI innings.
 
Every team is missing medium pace bowling all rounders. But Australia have surplus of them. Marsh, Stoinis, Green, Abbott. They miss a genuine spin bowling all rounder
 
This guy Marcus needs to do something this WC.

He’s strong, plenty of batting friendly pitches for him to feast on, including this one. Decent bowler. Always felt he had more talent than Stokes and Pandya with the bat in LOIs but less talent with the ball than both.
 
BD - 132/2 (22 overs).

So far so good for BD. Apart from Zampa, other bowlers have been benign.
 
Doull is coming down heavily on Daryl Mitchell again for slowing down for his 100 in the match against India. :) He has his fetish for criticizing players slowing down for 100s.
 
Shanto with his short strides shouldn't have attempted that run. Poor. Bangladesh never constructs one day knocks the way it should be constructed. Some stupid thing they do and lose the steam.
 
Shanto with his short strides shouldn't have attempted that run. Poor. Bangladesh never constructs one day knocks the way it should be constructed. Some stupid thing they do and lose the steam.

Yeah. This is what separates a top team from an average/bottom-tier team.

Anyway, if BD can avoid a big defeat, they should be through to CT 2025 (SL's NRR is very bad).
 
Really poor from Bangladesh. Unnecessary run out. They need to learn to control their emotions.
 
Yeah. This is what separates a top team from an average/bottom-tier team.

Anyway, if BD can avoid a big defeat, they should be through to CT 2025 (SL's NRR is very bad).
This is why i was extremely impressed with two chases from Afghanistan. It was professional. Bangladesh needs temperament to stay at the crease for long periods.
 
This is why i was extremely impressed with two chases from Afghanistan. It was professional. Bangladesh needs temperament to stay at the crease for long periods.

Yup. Afghans have been chasing like top teams.

Their batting seems to have improved a lot. Used to be a bunch of sloggers.
 
After 32 overs, Bangladesh is 201/3. This is an excellent going for Bangladesh. Really need to keep the pressure on and 350 plus is well on cards here
 
After 32 overs, Bangladesh is 201/3. This is an excellent going for Bangladesh. Really need to keep the pressure on and 350 plus is well on cards here

Australia have no Maxwell today. So, 350 can be a winning score.

Anyway, losing has no consequence for Australia. They can't drop to 4th position.
 
These teams like BD and Afg have too many soft dismissals.

Afg was losing wickets senselessly in their recent match, and now same with BD, a stupid runout and another soft dismissal catch.

Could’ve been charging toward 400 rn but looks like they’ll settle for 350-370. 380 maybe.

We live in a time where you can “settle” for 370 in ODIs… insane.
 
No power. They are physically weak. Same as Afghans. It's the reality.

Yeah. BD players tend to be skinny/underweight/malnourished.

In comparison, Windies players are monster hitters. Even their mishits can go for big sixes.

I think genetics is a bit of a factor.
 
Mamudullah has enough time in this innings to get another 100. There is no threat from Australia on this pitch. He just needs to get his placement right.
 
Cricket is a confidence game.

This same Bangladeshi batting was looking hapless during the earlier stage (including against the Dutch).

After that win against SL, batting is looking better.
 
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