Will Bangla Tigers Roar or Again the Kangaroos jump? Australia Vs Bangladesh Match on 21 Feb, 2015 – ICC Cricket World Cup 2015
Having lost nothing in the last 4 months of international cricket, Australia would like to maul Bangladesh to assert themselves as the ‘Title Favorites’
The four-time world champions take on the subcontinent minnows in a Pool ‘A’ encounter on the 21st of February.
A low key affair
Australia have started their world cup campaign on a high note after inflicting a heavy defeat on a formidable England team. Considering the quality of the Kangaroos team, the match against Bangladesh should be a cakewalk for them.
Ahead of their encounter, let’s have a look at the strengths and the weaknesses of both these teams.
Aussies overwhelming Favourites
The form, the will, the determination to succeed, that the Aussies have shown for the last one year; it’s high time that they go to the distance and lift the world cup after the debacle in the last edition. Aussies graph has seen a rapid rise in the ODIs under the captaincy of George Bailey and they are the reigning World Number 1 side in the world.
On the contrary, Bangladesh have managed to defeat just Zimbabwe in the year leading to this world cup.
Be it batting, bowling of fielding, the Aussies seem to be the best in all the three departments in the tournament.
Batting Comparison: Aussies have the edge
The batting comparison of both these teams would suggest that Australians hold a slight advantage over the Bangla tigers.
Right at the top, the Kangaroos have the services of the ‘Pocket-sized Dynamite’ David Warner and Aaron Finch, the best opening combination at present.
The middle order is in the safe hands of the Superhuman Steve Smith and George Bailey. These players have a good ability to milk the bowling attack in the middle overs. They also have the services of the swashbuckling Glenn Maxwell who has the ability to strike sixes at will. To provide the late flourish, Mitchell Marsh and James Faulkner are more than handy.
Barring the form of Shane Watson, this department does not seem to have any chinks to worry about.
About the Bangladesh batting, they also have a good opening combination in Anamul Haque and the experienced Tamim Iqbal. The middle order is strengthened by the presence of Mushfiqur Rahim and Shaqib-ul-Hasan -the world no. 1 allrounder- the pillars of the Bangladesh batting. The late flourish can be provided by Mohammadulah.
Bowling Comparison: Aussies Far Ahead
The Australians boast of the best bowling attack in the tournament. They have the fastest bowler in the form of experienced Mitchell Jhonson-who is a two-time ‘best bowler of the year’ awardee- and a death bowling specialist in James Faulkner. They also have the experience of Mitchell Stark, the guile of Michell Marsh, accuracy of Josh Hazzlewood which is pretty much hot to handle. Glenn Maxwell is also a handy spin bowling option in the middle overs.
When it comes to the Bangladesh side, they have a decent opening bowling pair in the form of Captain M. Mortaza and Rubel Hossein. Though the rest of the bowling attack is way too inexperienced except for the off-spinner Shakib-al-Hasan.
Thus it seems to be an Australian victory on the cards but it would not be right to rule the Bangla tigers out as they would be raring to go and cause what could be the biggest upset, though the possibility looks bleak. If at all Bangladesh want to make a match out of it, they would have to step a gear or two. Much rests of the shoulders of M. Rahim, S. Hasan and M. Mortaza for the Bangla tigers.
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Article by: Suhail (AISSMS)