Australia and Bangladesh will meet in the 43rd ODI of the World Cup at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune on Saturday. It will be the last fixture of the tournament before the semi-final and both teams would like to end it on a positive note.
After a win against Afghanistan, Australia has reached closer to the semi-finals and now they are at eth 3rd spot in the point table with 6 wins and a net run rate of +0.861.
In the last 5 ODIs, Hassan has picked up 7 wickets. So we expect him to trouble Australian batters.
The betting tip is...
Mehidy Hassan to pick 2.5+ wickets
Australia made headlines with a thrilling against Afghanistan in the previous fixture. However, the bowlers faced inconsistency and were not able to scalp wickets timely. Josh Hazlewood picked up 2 wickets in 9 overs at an economy of 4.33. Starc, Maxwell, and Zampa contributed with a single wicket each.
On the batting front, it was not a good start for the top order as David Warner, Travis Head, and Mitchell Marsh were back in the pavilion at a score of 49.
Glenn Maxwell’s innings will go down the history books as he single-handedly saved the day for his team by scoring 201 off 128 runs at a strike rate of 157.03.
David Warner, Adam Zampa, and Mitchell Marsh are the key players for the team who will play a crucial role for the team on Saturday.
Skipper Pat Cummins won’t be making any changes to the winning combination of the team.
Predicted Lineup: Travis Head, Pat Cummins, Josh Inglis, David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Marnus Labuschagne, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Adam Zampa
A win over arch-rivals Sri Lanka will be a major boost for the Bangladesh squad but it is too late for them to qualify for the semi-finals. However, finishing the tournament on a positive note can be a good motivation for the team.
Against Sri Lanka, the Bangladesh bowlers kept the game under control Shorigul Islam and skipper Shakib Al Hasan picked up two wickets each. Tanzim Hasan Sakib picked up 3 wickets at an economy of 8.00 in 10 overs.
On the batting front, Tanzid Hasan (9 off 5) and Litton Das (23 off 22) failed to give the team a good start.
It was Najmul Hasan Shanto (30 off 101) and Shakib Al Hasan (82 off 65) who gave much-needed momentum to the team. Middle Bangladesh’s middle order has been inconsistent and the team management should raise the concern before the clash on Saturday.
Mehidy Hassan will be the key player for the team on Saturday. He has picked 10 wickets in the tournament which shows his consistency.
Shakib Al Hasan, Mehidy Hassan, and Najmul Hossain Shanto will be the key players for the team.
Predicted Lineup: Tanzim Hasan Sakib, Litton Das, Tanzid Hasan Tamim, Mehidy Hassan, Towhid Hridoy, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Shakib Al Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam
Bangladesh has struggled in the ongoing tournament and their players have been inconsistent performers.
Australia, on the other hand, has made a strong comeback after two major losses at the beginning of the tournament. We predict a win for Australia on Saturday against Bangladesh.