Bangladesh and Australia, who are coming from the back of a win, will go up against each other on June 20 (Thursday) at Trent Bridge in Nottingham. It will take a monumental effort from Mashrafe Mortaza & Co to beat the five-time World Cup winners.

Australia have been dominant so far in the marquee event. While Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins have led the bowling, David Warner and skipper Aaron Finch have raised their hand to lead the batting unit. Besides, Usman Khawaja and Steven Smith have also made significant contributions. Marcus Stoinis, who suffered a side strain, is likely to return, which will only bolster their squad. Besides, assistant coach Brad Haddin recently said they are yet to reach the best and will strive to get better before the business end.

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On the other hand, 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. But is Mashrafe Mortaza’s boys strong enough to overtrump 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:

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Predicted XI

Australia: Aaron Finch (capt), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson

Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Liton Das, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehidy Hasan, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mashrafe Mortaza (capt),  Mustafizur Rahman

World Cup Head to Head

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Statistical Preview

i) Marcus Stoinis (982 runs) needs to score 18 more runs to complete his 1,000 ODI runs.

II) Mitchell Starc (35 wickets) is one wicket away to become the second most wicket-taker as an Australian bowler in Cricket World Cup history. At present, Starc has taken the equal CWC wickets of the former Aussie right-arm pacer Brett Lee (35 wickets). Only Glenn McGrath is ahead of them who took the record 71 wickets in CWC history.

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III) Mashrafe Mortaza (98 wickets) needs to take two more wickets to complete his 100 wickets as an ODI captain. He will be the first Bangladesh captain and fourth overall captain to take 100 ODI wickets.

iV) Mashrafe Mortaza (19 wickets) needs to take two more wickets to become the second most wicket-taker as a Bangladesh bowler in Cricket World Cup history. Among the Bangladesh bowlers, only Shakib Al Hasan (28 wickets) and Abdur Razzaq (20 wickets) have taken more CWC wickets than Mortaza.

Pitch Conditions

The Trent Bridge wicket was dry in the opening games but the recent showers which go the deck a world of good. Nottingham has produced many high-scoring encounters in recent times, and one can expect such a game on Thursday with both teams coming from the back of posting massive totals.

Weather Forecast

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It will be chilly in Trent Bridge with temperatures hovering around 15 and 18 degrees Celsius. Besides, there will be significant cloud covers throughout the game time. Furthermore, rain can play a spoilsport with scattered showers in the forecast.

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Match Prediction

Match 26 of the ongoing ICC World Cup will see a lot of runs scored with both sides notching up some good totals. Meanwhile, it is Australia’s depth in the batting order which will give them an edge over Bangladesh in the game.

The Tigers have very limited experience in the lower-order, which becomes crucial in this kind of tournaments. And going by the current form Australia are in, it is highly likely that they will slot back to the top of the points table.