Bangladesh and Australia are facing each other off for a five-match T20 series that begins on the 3rd of August, 2021. The first T20 on the 3rd of August will mark the beginning of the Australia tour of Bangladesh. The visitors have flown into Bangladesh last Thursday. This is the first every bilateral T20 series that is being played between the two teams. All the matches shall be played at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka.
This series will definitely be a very exciting one given the fact that the T20 World Cup is just a few months away. Both the teams will be hungry to prove themselves on the field. Bangladesh has never won a T20 match against Australia, a team which it has played T20 matches only in international tournaments. Therefore, the hosts shall be eager to prove themselves on home ground while Australia shall look to extend their antics in the subcontinent as well. Let us have a look at the details of the series.
BAN vs AUS T20 Schedule
The five matches shall be played over a relatively short period of time – seven days. The first matches shall be played on the 3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th, and 9th of August respectively. Playing over such a short period of time will surely be a challenge for the players on both teams, who will be quite eager to win and pave their path to the upcoming T20 World Cup. The two teams are in two different positions currently. Bangladesh has had a good run in the recently concluded series against Zimbabwe, in which it won 2-1.
Australia, on the other hand, has been drubbed 4-1 in the last series against the West Indies. In fact, the Australian has flown in directly from Barbados to Bangladesh for this series. Both the teams have a few crucial players missing from the squad. Bangladesh does not have its dependable veteran wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim at its disposal, who shall not be able to attend the series for not complying with the bio-bubble restrictions. On the other hand, Australia does not have its T20 captain Aaron Finch playing. Finch, who is known for his big shots, has been replaced by wicket-keeper batsman Matthew Wade. However, both the teams still have a lot of good, dependable players at their disposal which definitely shall decide the chances of their winning.
BAN vs AUS – Squads
One of the rising players of Bangladesh has been Shamim Hossain, who shone with the bat in the series against Bangladesh. Apart from that, there are players like the veteran Mahmudullah, the brilliant Shakib-Al-Hasan, and the bowler Taskin Ahmed who should be watched out for. In the Australian team, Mitchell Marsh has been in good form as of late. In the series against West Indies, he picked up five wickets and scored 219 runs across five matches. There are also a range of other dependable players like bowler Mitchell Starc, Mathew Wade, Josh Hazlewood and Adam Zampa who can make a difference.
Predicted Playing XIs
Bangladesh: Mohammad Naim, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah (c), Afif Hossain, Shamim Hossain, Nurul Hasan (wk), Nasun Ahmed, Mohammed Saifuddin, Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam
Australia: Josh Philippe, Ben McDermott, Mitchell Marsh, Alex Carey/Moises Henriques, Matthew Wade (c & w), Ashton Turner, Dan Christian, Ashton Agar, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood
There has been no official pitch report that has been made available. The Dhaka pitch, however, is known for its slight turn and favours batting. Russel Domingo, the current coach of Bangladesh has claimed that it will be the “traditional Dhaka wicket”. There are predictions of thunderstorms as the monsoons are now setting across Bangladesh. These thunderstorms might affect play to a certain extent.
BAN vs AUS – Stats and records
The two teams had played against each other for the last time back in the 2016 T20I World Cup. The Australians had won the match and Adam Zampa had been crowned the Man of the Match. Bangladesh has won three of the last five T20I matches and lost two. Australia has lost four of the last five T20I matches and won only one. Shakib is just five wickets away from picking 100 wickets in T20Is. Mitchell Starc on the other hand needs two more to take 50 wickets in T20Is while Adam Zampa needs three more.
The stakes are high for both the teams in this series. Both have new players playing for them, and all the eyes are on winning this and boosting confidence before the T20 World Cup. Fans should be happy because these matches will surely comprise good, competitive cricket.