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Bangladesh have only won once against Australia in their 19 ODI encounters so far © Getty Images
Bangladesh have only won once against Australia in their 19 ODI encounters so far © Getty Images

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog and updates’ post from the fifth match of the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy 2017. From the fanfare at Edgbaston, the focus shifts to The Oval for the Group A clash between Bangladesh and Australia. I am Vishal Mehra, and I will be bringing you updates from this key contest. Australia are the hot favourites for this clash but Bangladesh have grown in reputation and over the last two years, they have registered wins against sides like England, India, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Bangladesh have beaten Australia just once once in 19 ODIs and that win came in familiar settings. Full Cricket Scorecard: ICC Champions Trophy 2017, Australia vs Bangladesh, Match 5 at The Oval 

That win came at Cardiff 12 years back and scripted courtesy a Mohammad Ashraful hundred. These two sides have not played often. Their tie in the ICC World Cup 2015 ended in a washout and prior to that their last match that yielded result was in 2011. Both have not had favourable starts in the competition. While England strolled past Bangladesh in the tournament opener at the same venue despite the latter scoring in excess of 300, Australia suffered a close shave against the New Zealanders. The no result game where they were reeling have given them a much-needed point. That, however, is not enough to secure a semi-final win.

The World Champions, who already have 2 Champions Trophy in their kitty, will settle for nothing but a comprehensive win and the Asian side will try and put their best foot to prevent that. Teams batting first have won 7 of the 11 games day-night games at The Oval and that will be something the sides will like to note.

Australia are pondering over the inclusion of leg-spinner Adam Zampa in their XI, Bangladesh will hope to increase some strength in their bowling department that presented a lacklustre show in the first game.

India with a win against Pakistan have displaced Australia from the second position from the ICC ODI Team Rankings. With a win at The Oval, Australia will look forward to reclaim that spot.

Squads:

Bangladesh: Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Imrul Kayes, Soumya Sarkar, Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan, Mehedi Hasan, Rubel Hossain, Sanzamul Islam, Sabbir Rahman, Shafiul Islam, Mosaddek Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed

Australia: Steven Smith (c), David Warner, Matthew Wade (wk), Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell, Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, John Hastings, Josh Hazlewood, James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa, Moises Henriques, Chris Lynn