The defending champions Australia take on Bangladesh when both are looking to get closer to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 semifinals in their upcoming encounter at Trent Bridge, Nottingham today.
Australia cricket team will be the hot favourite in today's clash but a spirited Bangladesh cricket team is expected to make it tougher for the all mighty Aussies. Australia cricket team has an impressive campaign in England except their defeat to Virat Kohli's Team India. Aaron Finch-led Aussies will be heading into Thursday's match at Trent Bridge on the back of an 87-run win over Sri Lanka. Aaron Finch and David Warner have been taking opposition attacks to the cleaners and Mitchell Starc's return to form is going well for the defending champions.
On the other side, Bangladesh cricket team has been one of the most impressive sides in ICC World Cup 2019 as they have produced some stunning performances. Their batsmen in particular has been in sparkling form, while the bowlers have been doing a fantastic job except from the one game against the hosts England. Bengal Tiger's Shakib Al Hasan in full form, much can't be predicted as anything can happen in the upcoming clash between Australia and Bangladesh.
Points Table standings:
The Aaron Finch-led Australian side is at number two with 8 points behind table-toppers England, though it also has the same points as of England from five matches. While, Mortaza-led Bangladesh is at 5th spot in the points table at present.
Weather forecast: Cloudy weather is forecasted for most of the day in Nottingham with a little showers expected to return at 7 pm IST. It will be a cool day with the temperature around 16 degree Celsius.
Pitch report: The pitch at Trent Bridge is grassy, spongy with pace and bounce. The team winning the toss is expected to bat first as it seems to be good batting track.
Head-to-head at World Cup:
Total: 3 - Australia: 2, Bangladesh: 0, NR: 1
Australia - Marcus Stoinis is fit so he will likely replace Shaun Marsh.
Nathan Coulter-Nile is expected to be back in the side at the expense of Kane Richardson.
Jason Behrendorff might make way for Adam Zampa if the team wants to play a specialist spinner.
Bangladesh - Liton Das will keep his place after a brilliant outing against West Indies.
Bangladesh might opt for an extra bowler against the strong Australian batting lineup.
Players to watch out for Australia: David Warner and Mitchell Starc.
Players to watch out for Bangladesh: Shakib Al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman.
Australia Probable XI: David Warner, Aaron Finch (C), Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Glen Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (Wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa
Bangladesh Probable XI: Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (Wk), Liton Das, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza (C), Mustafizur Rahman