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Australia, Bangladesh desperate for a win in a must win game - Match Preview

Will Taskin Ahmed get a game for Bangladesh?
Will Taskin Ahmed get a game for Bangladesh?
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Match details

5th Match, Group A - Australia v Bangladesh
5th June, 12:30 GMT | 18:00 IST, Kennington Oval

Both Australia and Bangladesh will be in a desperate search of a win when they take on each other in the fifth game of Champions Trophy at Kennington Oval on Monday.

Bangladesh, who came into the tournament with a lot of expectations succumbed to a eight wicket defeat in the opening game against England with skipper Mashrafe Mortaza pointing out the desire for personal milestones costed them an additional to 20-30 runs. They could not defend a total of 305 runs with England cruising to a comfortable eight wicket victory. For the latest odds and in play action look out for the special Bet Bright offers.

Tamim Iqbal once again was brilliant with his century while Mushfiqur Rahim played a fluent 79-run knock but there were contributions lacking from the rest. Even with the ball, they hardly looked like picking wickets, thereby failed to create any pressure on the opponent. Bangladesh will need to win both their games against Australia and New Zealand at a high net run rate in order to have any chance of making to the next round.

At least Australia have some points on the board as compared to Bangladesh after their game was washed out against New Zealand. They have a golden opportunity to gain some momentum and go to the top of the table with a win but with rain expected, they will be touch nervous too. Warner will be giving few insights about his Sunrisers Hyderabad's team-mate Mustafizur to the Australian top order while they will tempted to give Chris Lynn a hit and also an opportunity for Adam Zampa, who was the highest wicket-taker in ODIs in 2016.

Head to Head:

Australia have a dominating record over Bangladesh with 18 wins from 19 games but the Asian side can take a lot of confidence from the fact that their only win over the World Champions have come in UK in June 2005 in Cardiff. Their only Champions Trophy face-off came in 2002 when Australia registered a comfortable nine-wicket win in Colombo.

Spotlight on:

John Hastings: He was Australia's second highest wicket-taker last year before an injury sidelined him for a considerable amount of time. He picked the key wickets of Luke Ronchi and Ross Taylor in the game against New Zealand and will be a key component in Australian bowling.

Shakib Al Hasan: The most experienced member of the team but hasn't quite had the start he had wanted. He has picked just four wickets in the last six games that also includes two warm up games and has never managed a fifty in these games as well. However, knowing the experience behind him, Bangladesh will be hoping for him to have a good game and help the team in another difficult encounter.

Probable Team:

Australia: 1. David Warner, 2. Aaron Finch, 3. Steven Smith (captain), 4. Chris Lynn / Moises Henriques, 5. Glenn Maxwell, 6. Travis Head, 7. Matthew Wade (wk), 8. John Hastings, 9. Mitchell Starc, 10. Josh Hazlewood, 11. Adam Zampa

Bangladesh: 1. Tamim Iqbal, 2. Soumya Sarkar, 3. Sabbir Rahman, 4. Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 5. Shakib Al Hasan, 6. Mahmudullah, 7. Mosaddek Hossain, 8. Mehedi Hasan, 9. Mashrafe Mortaza (captain), 10. Mustafizur Rahman, 11. Rubel Hossain / Taskin Ahmed.

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