Bangladesh bowling attack weakened after Taskin Ahmed and Arafat Sunny's exit. © AFP
Bangladesh bowling attack weakened after Taskin Ahmed and Arafat Sunny’s exit. © AFP

Bangladesh had a nightmare of a start in the T20 World Cup 2016 against Pakistan losing the game by a considerable margin. They were expected to perform better after their stint in Asia Cup, where they reached the final beating both Sri Lanka and Pakistan. It is a must-win game for them and that too against a team of the stature of Australia. Their worries don’t just end here — Taskin Ahmed and Arafat Sunny have been banned by ICC for illegal action. Losing Taskin is a big blow for them as he was the frontline bowler for Bangladesh along with a decent bowling all-rounder Arafat Sunny. Australia will look to bounce back from their loss to New Zealand and also look to increase their net run-rate, which could be  the deciding factor when things go down to the wire. With new entrances in the squad Kamrul Islam Rabbi and Shuvagata Hom their bowling attack is lacks experience, which could lead to their downfall. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Australia vs Bangladesh, ICC World T20 2016, Super 10 Group 2, Match 22 at Bangalore

Top-Order: Bangladesh’s top-order looks strong and capable of giving good starts in the powerplay overs. Tamim Iqbal is in high spirits after his return to the team, having scored a century in round 1 and he is expected to perform in every match. Soumya Sarkar has been consistent in this T20 campaign and before that in Asia Cup with an exception of match against Pakistan getting out for a duck. On the other hand, Bangladesh have found their perfect No. 3 batsmen in Sabbir Rahman who can accelerate when he wants to and has been consistent in both Asia Cup and T20 World Cup so far. But the problem lies in his knack of throwing wickets away when there is no need to play extraordinary shots. They will be tested against Australia’s fast bowling against which they have always struggled.

Middle Order: Their middle order is dependent quite extensively on two players — Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah. Shakib tries to hold the innings together and then go big in the end, whereas Mahmudullah tries to throw the bowlers of their rhythm pulling off cameos at a regular intervals. Seeing the pitch of Bengaluru not supporting bowlers to a large extent, he is expected to deliver. Other than that there has been some shuffle in the middle-order. Sometimes Mashrafe Mortaza promotes himself up the order, Mohammad Mithun has been in and out of the team and Mushfiqur Rahim failing to time the ball is a concern for Bangladesh.

Lower-Order and Bowling: Lower-order of Bangladesh tries to chip in with helpful cameos and even succeeds sometimes featuring Mortaza, and there is a strong chance that Nurul Hasan will be included this time after Taskin and Sunny’s suspension. Bowling has suffered a big blow and they will try to strengthen their spin attack, which has proved handy in this World Cup. The inclusion in the squad Shuvagata Hom might get a berth in the side seeing his batting skills. Al Amin Hossain is expected to continue his good form and pick up wickets early, restricting Australia from getting off to a flyer in the powerplay itself. Stopping Maxwell will be a tedious task for Shakib in the middle overs. Nasir Hossain might prove beneficial in the middle overs against Warner. Fast bowler Nurul Hasan is also expected to play in place of Arafat Sunny.

Bangladesh’s Likely XI (Batting Order): Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Mushfiqur Rahim(wk), Mashrafe Mortaza(c), Nurul Hasan, Shuvagata Hom, Nasir Hossain, Al-Amin Hossain.

(Arun Rawal, a reporter with CricketCountry is a daydreamer, movie buff and a cricket fanatic. He couldn’t play cricket so did the next best thing, writing for it, he loves to play the flick shot over square leg. P.S. Sachin is God!! His twitter handle is @ArunRawal93)