Australia need to win their second match if they're to progress from the group stages!
Australia v Bangladesh
We completely messed up against the Kiwis after getting in winning positions on numerous occasions. It was ludicrous to pick two spinners in India and only give them an over each - what's the point? They can judge the conditions and pitch pre-game so if they didn't feel spin was the way to go, they should have boosted the batting instead. Before the New Zealand fixture I was raving about the talent in our batting line-up and, even though we crumbled, I'm still convinced it's one of the best in the competition. Hopefully the selectors manage to get Finch back into the team, he could put a show on early doors against the weaker Bangladesh seamers.
The Tigers were comprehensively beaten by Pakistan last week, a defeat that underlined how much they rely on two batsman. If Australia can dismiss Al Hasan and Iqbal early, Bangladesh will struggle to post a competitive total. What's really worrying for the sub-continent team is that Pakistan were able to post over 200 in conditions which should suit their bowlers. Australia's batting order is a lot more explosive than Pakistan's and, if the Tigers’ bowlers don't learn from last week, they could be chasing well over 10 an over again.
Australia will win tonight, however it won't be as easy as the odds suggest. Bangladesh are too heavily reliant on a few players and lack the depth to compete against the bigger nations.
Usman Khawaja looked in great touch against New Zealand, the promising batsman has had a summer to remember with the bat, scoring massive runs in every competition. His classy stroke play will get the Aussies off to a great start against the Tigers. Given the weakness of the Bangladesh seamers, the Aussie openers have a great chance to not only get themselves in early doors but capitalise on a few lose ones. I can’t look past one of the openers top scoring, that’s why I’ve gone for Uzzie at $3.75.
Oddschecker’s best bet
Australia will want to score quickly in the first six overs and take advantage of the weak Bangladesh seamers and fielding restrictions. Our best bet today is Australia to score over 5.5 runs in the first over at $1.68 with Unibet, whoever opens will look to hit at least one boundary in the first six balls, which should see us home.
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