In what's proved to be a wild series, Bangladesh and Australia will meet for a fifth and final time in the Bangladesh vs Australia 5th T20 2021, which will be played in Dhaka on the 9th of August 2021.
With the series already lost and heading into the fourth fixture 3-0 down, it looked like the Aussies were set to lose again. Needing to chase down 104, the Australian batsmen were all at sea and sitting at 65-6. However, the game turned when Dan Christian scored a quickfire 39 off 15 balls, including 5 sixes in an over to get the Australians on the board and make it Bangladesh 3 – Australia 1 heading into the final match of the series.
Bangladesh vs Australia 5th T20 2021
With Bangladesh having already clinched the T20 series, both sides could look to make some changes ahead of this final game. Bangladesh have named the same side over the last four games as they look to ramp up their preparations ahead of the T20 World Cup later this year.
The Australians have chopped and changed their starting lineups as they continue to experiment and tinker with the side that is devoid of so many big names. The only Aussies yet to play a game are Jason Behrendorff, Wes Agar, and the injured Riley Meredith, so expect some more changes. Josh Hazelwood, the series leading wicket-taker, could be rested after playing the first four matches.
Predicted starting lineups
Bangladesh: 1 Mohammad Naim, 2 Soumya Sarkar, 3 Shakib Al Hasan, 4 Mahedi Hasan, 5 Mahmudullah (capt), 6 Afif Hossain, 7 Shamim Hossain, 8 Nurul Hasan (wk), 9 Nasum Ahmed, 10 Mushtifzur Rahman, 11 Shoriful Islam
Australia: 1 Matthew Wade (capt & wk), 2 Ben McDermott, 3 Mitchell Marsh, 4 Moises Henriques, 5 Alex Carey, 6 Ashton Turner, 7 Dan Christian, 8 Ashton Agar, 9 Andrew Tye, 10 Mitchell Swepson, 11 Mitchell Starc
Pitch and conditions
It has been an extraordinary series to watch as both sides have really struggled with the bat. Only two players have so far managed to score over 100 runs across the four matches combined. The pitches have been extremely slow, and the batters from both sides simply haven't been able to handle the spinners or slow cutters produced by the seam bowlers.
To demonstrate how difficult it has been to bat, the series currently has a run rate of 5.86 – the slowest ever recorded in a T20 series containing three matches or more. Australia captain Matthew Wade has teased to the media that Australia might play with three front-line spinners, which would be the first time an Australian side would have lined up this way in T20 history.
Bangladesh vs Australia 5th T20 2021 Betting Predictions
Match Result Prediction
With conditions set to remain tough and Australia potentially moving to a three-person spin attack, the home side Bangladesh are surprisingly the underdogs. With Bangladesh wanting to sign off the series in style, Bangladesh can be backed at 2.40, with Australia currently priced at 1.53. Prices are listed according to Betway.
Total Wickets Prediction
Betway is offering 1.9 for there to be over 13.5 wickets in the match. Across the four matches played so far, we have seen wicket totals of 17, 12, 13, and 16. With both sides looking to finish the series off with a bang, the pressure could be off, and there could be a flurry of wickets, making the 1.9 look like an attractive bet.
Highest Individual Score In The Match Prediction
With conditions for scoring proving so difficult, there have only been two scores of over 50 across the entire series. Casumo is offering odds of 1.87 for the highest individual score to be under 57.5, and that could be the way to play with the scoring set to remain challenging.
Total Match Sixes Prediction
Due to scoring being low, the amount of sixes has unsurprisingly been low, with the totals across the four matches reading as – 5, 3, 6, and 9. Mahmudullah, after the 4th match, stated that as a batting unit, the Bangladeshis need to be a bit more “cautious and a bit more sensible.” This would suggest that the home side aren't looking to send the ball back to stands on a common basis. With the Aussies also struggling for timing and rhythm, Bet365 is offering 1.9 for there to be under 7.5 sixes, and that could be a great way to play.
Dan Christian Top Australian Batsman Prediction
Dan Christian was the star for Australia in match 4, changing the momentum of the match with five sixes in one over. Clearly benefitting from a move up the batting order to number three, Christian is priced at 6.45 with 1xBet to repeat the feat. Christian is doing better than most at picking up the rhythm of the pitch and handling the conditions, and at 6.45, that could represent some super value.
Mustafizur Rahman Top Bangladesh Wicket-Taker Prediction
Josh Hazelwood is currently the series leading wicket-taker with eight wickets across the four matches. In the second place, with seven wickets, you will find Mustafizur Rahman and Shoriful Islam. Despite taking seven wickets, Rahman or Islam are behind Shakib Al Hasan in the market for leading Bangladeshi wicket-taker. Al Hasan has bowled well but only has three wickets to his name. We think that 22Bet’s odds of 3.48 on Rahman to be Bangladesh’s leading wicket-taker could be the best way to play as he looks to cement his position as the leading wicket-taker.