After four days of rest, Australia will hope to have erased their heavy defeat against England firmly from their minds as a recharged Australian side face off against Bangladesh.
Before the match against England, the Aussies were sitting pretty in second place in the group, level with England on points. Fast forward almost a week, and the Aussies sit third – four points behind England and 2 behind South Africa, although they have played a game less than both their rivals.
This is a game that the Australians can ill afford to lose as a defeat would leave their qualification hopes looking precarious. They are the favourites to win this match and can be backed at 1.17. Bangladesh to pull off the upset are priced at 5.00.
Australia vs Bangladesh T20 World Cup
Team news for Australia
Australia's T20 World Cup started perfectly thanks to victories over South Africa and Sri Lanka; heading into the match against England, the Aussies would have been so confident of a third straight win.
Put in to bat, Australia lost some early wickets and were instantly behind the 8 ball. They battled to 126, which was probably never going to be enough on a slow Dubai pitch, and so it proved with England easing their way to the Australian total with well over eight overs to go.
Aaron Finch led from the front with a spirited 44 off 49 balls, but Australia will need a much better effort from everybody if they are to get back on track here. Finch is priced at 3.25 to be his side's top scorer once again.
Likely playing 11 of Australia
Aaron Finch, David Warner, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Agar, Adam Zampa, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood
Team News for Bangladesh
Thankfully, the pain is almost over for Bangladesh and their fans after a fourth successive defeat in the Super 12 phase. Bangladesh were unfortunate to lose to both Sri Lanka and the West Indies, but against South Africa, they can have no complaints as they were beaten by the much better side.
Bowled out for just 84, the Tigers couldn't handle the pace of the South African quicks and couldn't get their innings going. From 22/1, they quickly found themselves at 45/6 and staring a fourth successive defeat squarely in the face.
To Bangladesh's credit, they battled hard with the ball claiming four South African wickets, but even with the loss of wickets, South Africa were never not going to reach the target that had been set for them.
Taskin Ahmed, playing in his first match of the tournament, claimed two wickets, and he is priced at 5.00 to be his team's leading wicket-taker for the match against Australia.
Likely playing 11 of Bangladesh
Mohammad Naim, Liton Das, Mushfiqur Rahim, Afif Hossain, Mahmudullah, Nurul Hasan, Mehedi Hasan, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed
Pitch and Weather Conditions
Australia return to Dubai, the scene of their heavy defeat against England. They will view this as an opportunity to get some winning experience ahead of a potential semi-final and final that will be played at this very venue.
In total, there have been 67 T20 contests held at this stadium. There have been 34 games where the side batting first has won, and 33 games have been won by the side batting second. The average score for the first innings is 144, with the second innings average at 122. So far, during this World Cup, the team that has batted second has gone on to win every game held at this venue.
This could be a contest where players struggle to find the middle of the bat and could be a contest where spin is key.
Betting Predictions for Australia vs Bangladesh
Let's take a look at a few important betting predictions for Australia vs Bangladesh:
Rewind just a few months, and you might have had a much different story in the betting between these two sides. In trying to prepare for this World Cup, Australia ventured down to Bangladesh for a five-match T20 series and ended up getting thrashed 4-1.
The Australians couldn't handle Bangladesh's spin bowlers but are doing a much better job in this World Cup.
Bangladesh have played seven games in just over two weeks and have lost their talisman Shakib Al Hasan to injury. They will be looking for this World Cup to end, considering how short of expectations they have fallen.
The smart money has to be on Australia to win here and leave the qualification conundrum open to the very last round of games.
Match Winner: Australia (1.17)
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Either team to win the toss can be backed at 1.91. On a pitch that could be hard to bat on, the side that wins the toss will want to put their opposition in to bat first, as every team that has chased has won at this venue. Any score over 150 could be very hard to chase.
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Top Batsman for Australia
This is a big match for Australia, and it is worth trying to side with a batsman who we know can deliver under pressure situations. There is perhaps no better batsman in all the world who performs under pressure than Steve Smith. Smith is a classy operator and handles these conditions well. At 4.50, he could provide some value, and we think he's a safe bet to bank on.
Top Batsman for Australia: Steve Smith (4.50)
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