Bangladesh defend their lowest ever score to register their first T20I win over Australia
3 Aug 2021
After the historic first win against Australia in T20Is, Mahmudullah’s comments that it was just a match which is over now and the team is not over the top, are reasons enough that Bangladesh have a larger target in sight, which is to win their first-ever bilateral series against Australia. To fulfil that target, the Ti8gers need to improve a lot of things and batting is a major part of it.
A slow start to the innings is a problem that Bangladesh must address in batting as that slow start is causing problems while finishing. Also, the use of Nur-Ul-Hasan and Shamim Patwary is crucial as they are clean hitters of the ball and must be told about their roles clearly in the side.
On the order hand, Australia, after suffering defeat in the T20I series against West Indies would look to avoid back to back humbling. They must also be aware that if they don’t win this game, they would get into a dire situation of ‘Do or Die’ for the third game, which is never an ideal one. Thus to avoid that situation, victory is the only way out for the Aussie.
The batting order, if need be, must be changed and the likes of Ben McDermott and Dan Christian could be opted for ahead of Moises Henriques and Ashton Turner.
Match Number- 02
Date and Time: 04 August, 2021, 05:30 pm IST, 06:00 pm Local, 12:00pm GMT
Venue: Sher-E-Bangla Stadium, Dhaka
Live Stream: Fancode
As predicted for the first game, the wicket was really low and slow and along with the high humidity and muggy weather, the ball was grouping and slower balls released from the back of the hand by pacers and flights ones by spinners did wonders for both the team. A similar wicket is expected for this game as well.
The Dhaka weather this time of the year is unpredictable. There is around a 40% chance of precipitation in Dhaka on August o4 at the time of the match and mostly the sky would remain cloudy, meaning the same muggy weather as was present during the first game.
No change is expected in Bangladesh XI as all the players have done exceedingly well in the first game in one department or the other.
Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Naim, Shakib Al Hasan, Nurul Hasan (wk), Mahmudullah (c), Afif Hossain, Shamim Hossain, Mahedi Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman, Shoriful Islam, Nasum Ahmed
Since Henriques has failed against spinners in the entire ODI series in West Indies and hasn’t had a good start over here in Bangladesh, Australia could take a chance with Dan Christian and his long levers at the death and his ability to bowl cutters.
Josh Philippe, Alex Carey, Mitchell Marsh, Ashton Turner, Matthew Wade (c & wk), Dan Christian, Ashton Agar, Mitchell Starc, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood
Mohammad Naim, Josh Philippe, Mitchell Marsh, Shakib Al Hasan, Matthew Wade, Afif Hossain, Shamim Hossain, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, Mustafizur Rahman, Nasum Ahmed
Captain Shakib Al Hasan
Vice-Captain Mitchell Marsh