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Australia captain Steve Smith
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Overview

Australia and Bangladesh will be looking to get back to winning ways when they face off in a Group 2 tie at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on 21 March. The Men from Down Under, come into this game after a disappointing nine-run loss to arch rivals New Zealand in their opening game on 18 March.

On a Dharamshala track, which did not help seamers as expected, the Australian bowlers did well to contain New Zealand to 142, however it was their batsmen who let them down. Prior to the tournament, there were concerns as to how the Aussies would play spin and it manifested on Friday, with the batsman struggling against Kiwi spinners in particular Mitchell Santner.

Coach Darren Lehmann who was a wonderful player of spin himself, will need to sit down with the batsman and make them work on their basics. Number one ranked batsman in the T20 format, Aaron Finch might get a game after being benched against New Zealand, however skipper Steve Smith might go in with the same side as they would not want to tinker too much with the side considering they have just played one game so far.

Taskin Ahmed
Taskin Ahmed has been suspended after tests found his action to be illegalGetty

Their opponents, Bangladesh had a terrible opening game, losing by 55 runs to Pakistan at Eden Gardens on 16 March. The Bangladesh side, on paper at least, look like a team that can thrive in Indian conditions, but they face problems as they rely only on a few key players to perform in every match.

In Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudullah and Shakib Al Hasan they have match-winners who are capable of winning games on their own, what they need is support from the other players. The recent news of bowlers Taskin Ahmed and Arafat Sunny's suspension from bowling due to illegal actions is a big blow for the team as both are key bowlers. A win here looks unlikely, but as Australia know, Bangladesh are capable of springing a surprise or two on their day.

Prediction

Australia to win

Betting odds (betfair)

  • Australia to win: 2/11
  • Bangladesh to win: 7/2

Team news

Australia

Possible XI: Shane Watson, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith (C), David Warner, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, James Faulkner, Peter Nevill (WK), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazelwood.

Bangladesh

Possible XI: Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman, Mushfiqur Rahim (WK), Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Mohammad Mithun, Mashrafe Mortaza (C), Al-Amin Hossain, Abu Hider, Mustafizur Rahman.