Bangladesh who have had a good ICC World Cup 2019 campaign and they will have to bring all their best together when they face defending champions Australia on June 20 (Thursday) at the Trent Bridge.
Bangladesh have many areas to ponder upon, but they have been clinical in the two matches they have. All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan to once again have to play a blinder that he has been doing in this World Cup consistently. Besides, the bowlers need to raise their game as well and provide support to Mohammad Saifuddin, who has been their leading wicket-taker so far.
Mashrafe Mortaza & Co are likely to field an unchanged playing XI for the game against Australia.
Here is the predicted playing XI of Bangladesh for match 26 of the ICC World Cup 2019 against Australia at Trent Bridge in Nottingham:
Tamim Iqbal got a start in the game against West Indies which will give him some confidence going into the next games. The senior cricketer needs to shoulder the responsibility and help Bangladesh post good totals on the board.
The swashbuckling opener needs to score runs and help his side get off to a good start. So far, Soumya Sarkar has struggled to be among the runs and will hope to leave a mark in his first-ever World Cup.
Shakib Al Hasan
Shakib Al Hasan has been in the form of his life. With two centuries and a fifty, he is currently the highest run-scorer in the World Cup. Besides, the all-rounder also has five wickets to his name. Shakib will have to at his best to outplay Australia.
Mushfiqur Rahim (wk)
Mushfiqur Rahim has been among the runs; however, the big knocks are yet to come. The wicket-keeper batsman will have to bat till the end when he gets a start. Besides, Rahim needs to improve his wicket-keeping skills as some chances have gone begging here and there.
Liton Das made a stunning World Cup debut against West Indies. He played an unbeaten 90 runs knock and shared a match-winning partnership with Shakib Al Hasan to steal a massive win. The middle-order batsman who will be high on confidence, will look to keep up the excellent work against a world-class bowling attack.
Mahmudullah is an essential stakeholder in the Bangladesh line-up and needs to step up as they look to keep the winning streak going. He started the tournament with a stunning knock but since then has struggled to be among the runs.
Mosaddek Hossain is a handy cricketer who can chip in with both bat and ball, and the management will want him to contribute in both the departments. Besides, he is also a good fielder, which will add value to the team.
Mohammad Saifuddin has been among the wickets for Bangladesh. He needs to continue the excellent work against the Aussies who have looked indomitable in the World Cup so far.
Mashrafe Mortaza (c)
Mashrafe Mortaza has been completely out of form in this World Cup. The veteran cricketer needs to up his performance and lead Bangladesh from the front against the defending champions.
Mehidy Hasan has bowled well in the powerplay overs and contained the runs. However, he needs to pick wickets and provide breakthroughs to contain the opponents for low totals.
Mustafizur Rahman has had an average time with the ball so far in the tournament. He will have to pick wickets with the new ball and remove both the in-form Australian openers to give Bangladesh an early advantage.