The qualifying options are becoming clearer as we approach the business end of the campaign in the ICC World T20 2021. Two teams – one from each group – have already qualified for the semi-finals. The fight for the remaining two berths has begun. In Group 1, commonly known as the “death group,” the scenario will become clearer in one more day when Australia takes against Bangladesh. Cricket betting will surely be in favour of the Aussies in this one.
The match between Australia and Bangladesh is crucial not just for the two teams competing, but also for the three teams that have yet to qualify. A victory for Australia in this cricket match would very certainly mark the end of the West Indies and Bangladesh. But a win for Bangladesh would put South Africa ahead in the race.
Australia has done relatively well in their World Cup campaign so far, losing only to England, although by a large margin, and will be seeking to gain ground on the competition by winning the forthcoming encounter. They would see their encounter against Bangladesh as a chance not just to add two more points to their tally, but also to improve their net run rate.
Australia is presently ranked third in the table, with two victories in three encounters and a net run rate of -0.627. A victory here, on the other hand, will put them in the driver’s seat, as they will only need to win their next match to advance. Having stated that, it will not be simple.
Australia will recall the 4-1 thrashing they suffered at the hands of Bangladesh in Bangladesh only a few weeks ago. They have undoubtedly improved their lineup since then and should perform far better. Australia has already been through a lot in this tournament. The experience of batting first, which they gained against England, will undoubtedly come in helpful, particularly after observing how England and Pakistan performed in their previous matches.
The main source of worry for Australia will be the selection of the appropriate professionals for the task. While David Warner played a solid knock, he has yet to seem at his best. In addition, Aaron Finch has not been able to do enough damage at the top of the order. However, in the middle order, players like as Mitchell Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, Steven Smith, and Glenn Maxwell have performed well in recent encounters.
Their bowling was exposed against England in the last encounter, but they are unconcerned for the time being. Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, and Adam Zampa have done a fantastic job thus far and will be tough to keep out, particularly for Bangladesh, who battled against South Africa’s elite speed as well.
Overall, Australia has a well-equipped side on paper, but their top-order isn’t playing up to par. The Australians need need David Warner and Aaron Finch to fire, and if they do so in the forthcoming match, Bangladesh will have their job cut out for them.
Bangladesh has a history of rebounding back after being cornered, and although they would want to do so in the current competition as well, it will not help them qualify for the next round. Bangladesh is officially out of the running after their defeat to South Africa and will be fighting for dignity when they face Australia on Thursday.
Bangladesh seem to have a frail batting lineup with Shakib Al Hasan already out, as shown by their performance against the Proteas. None of their batters appeared at ease against the high-quality speed bowling duo of Nortje and Rabada, and this would be put to the test again by the likes of Starc, Cummins, and Hazlewood in this next match. The only good to take away from their batting performance against South Africa would be Mehedy Hasan’s effort, which moved the side from an atrocious total to a less embarrassing total.
Bangladesh did manage to put up a fight in the bowling department, which was promising. Taskin Ahmed was outstanding up front, and he will be crucial against Australia’s out-of-form top order. Apart from him, the spinners will be crucial considering that the forthcoming encounter is a day game and will not be influenced by dew.
Bangladesh underperformed not just in the final match, but also throughout the tournament. They had ideal circumstances and a full-strength squad before the event began, but they failed to capitalise. In addition, their captain’s on-field judgments have been somewhat startling at times. Overall, Bangladesh has a lot of work to do before their last match of the tournament, and if they can play to their potential, they may be a difficult team to break.
In terms of T20I head-to-head records, Australia is only a smidgeon ahead of Bangladesh. So far, these two sides have played 9 T20I matches. The Australians have won five games, while the Bangladesh Tigers have won four. In terms of T20 World Cups, these two sides have faced twice, with Australia holding a 4-0 head-to-head advantage.
Despite the fact that this is a dead rubber for Bangladesh and they will be playing for pride, the Australians place a high value on this match. The Australians are coming off a disappointing performance in their last encounter and may be lacking in confidence, giving Bangladesh the greatest opportunity to start the ball moving. However, given that Bangladesh has not had a fantastic run as well, plus the fact that Australia is a considerably more balanced team between the two, at least on paper, Australia takes the lead. Taking these and other variables into account, we will bet on an Australian victory, and you should as well.
Date and Time:
November 4, 2021 (Tuesday), 3:30 PM IST
Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi