About the Match
The eighth edition of the ICC Champions Trophy did not begin exactly as per plan for either Australia or Bangladesh. Australia shared points with New Zealand after rain bailed them out from a very difficult spot. Bangladesh on the other hand, lost comprehensively to a far superior England. These sides will now take on each other in the 5th match of the tournament at The Oval on 5th June and both would be looking forward to get their first win and make their paths for the semis easier.
Australia had entered the Champions Trophy as the current World Champion and the second ranked ODI team in the world. They could not live up to this billing however and were staring at a likely defeat against New Zealand but for the rain. The rain not only saved them from an imminent defeat, but the no result also gave them one point which can prove to be rather crucial in the end.
Australia will now face Bangladesh in their next assignment. Australia has their work cut-out in order to make the semis. They will most likely have to beat both Bangladesh and England and so would like to get back to winning ways as soon as possible.
Australia has a good squad of players to choose from; the conditions will not be alien to them, their pace bowlers will enjoy the bounce and their batsmen favour batting on such wickets, and so they will surely enter this game as strong favourites. Though the current tussle between CA and the ACA has led to an unnecessary controversy, but Australia has a great overall record at ICC events, and they would start this game as clear favourites.
Josh Hazlewood was fantastic in the game against New Zealand and Australia would be hoping that he keeps up the good work. The batting department looked a little flustered though, and players like Captain Steven Smith, David Warner, Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell will have to shoulder more responsibility.
Australia appears to be a very strong unit on paper and they have a history of strong performances in ICC events. Champions Trophy is a short tournament though and they will surely give in their all in this game to get back to winning ways.
Bangladesh have returned for this edition of the Champions Trophy at the expense of former champions West Indies, and this itself shows how much progress they have made as an ODI side. That they are now the fifth ranked ODI side, ahead of not just West Indies but Pakistan, Sri Lanka and New Zealand as well, rams home the point that Bangladesh are here and they are here to compete.
Bangladesh began their campaign against the hosts England in the first match of the tournament and they did compete indeed. They batted well and tried very hard in the field, but ultimately fell short and suffered a loss.
English conditions, with pace and bounce, do not exactly suit Bangladesh’s style of play. Though Bangladesh has a good pace attack, but they like to play their cricket on low and slow surfaces, and the bouncy English surfaces will pose a tough challenge for them.
Bangladesh surely has some great players at their disposal. Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim were superb with the bat in the first game and the captain Mashrafe Mortaza lead the bowling attack well. These players will have to put in some special performances again if Bangladesh is to have any chance of defeating Australia.
Bangladesh has really improved as an ODI unit in the past couple of years, but now they need to jump to the next level.
A strong performance in the group stages of the Champions Trophy will surely bring them into the limelight, but to actually beat Australia might prove to be a little too much for them.
Bangladesh has definitely worked very hard to get to the position in the rankings where they are today, but beating Australia in such conditions looks like too long a stretch. Australia has a very settled squad, they are playing in favourable conditions and have been in very good ODI form recently, and all these factors give them an upper hand in this contest