Match Preview –

Australia will be up against Bangladesh in the 1st T20I match of a 5-match series in Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka on 3 August 2021. Bangladesh is coming off a 2-1 series victory over Zimbabwe, and Australia will face a difficult battle to regain winning form. In their previous series, they had lost 1-4 to World champions West Indies. Matthew Wade will lead the Aussies and all eyes will be on Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc.

Pitch and Weather Report –

Pitch is favorable for batting and is best suited for pacers. Chance of moderate rain with temperatures at 30-31 ° C.

Venue Stats (T20)

 Total matches                             44

Matches won batting first            22

Matches won bowling first           22

Average 1st Inns scores             152

Average 2nd Inns scores            130

Highest total recorded                  211/4 (20 Ov) by BAN vs WI

Lowest total recorded                  72/10 (17.1 Ov) by AFG vs BAN

Highest score chased                  194/4 (16.4 Ov) by SL vs BAN

Lowest score defended               129/8 (20 Ov) by SL vs UAE

Top 2 Wicketkeeper pick

1) Nurul Hasan – The right-handed batsman is a compact player who has good defensive technique and flair in his strokeplay. He has delivered great performances in the last series against Zimbabwe.

Matches – 117

Runs – 1717

Average – 24.18

2) Matthew Wade – He is a doughty wicketkeeper-batsman who is in his best form and is an excellent pick from his squad for this category. He has given hard hitting performances in the previous matches against West Indies.

Matches – 144

Runs – 2901

Average – 27.11

Top 4 Batsman picks

1) Mohammad Naim Sheikh – The left-handed batsman has glamour to his batting.  He uses his hand-eye coordination quite well against the quicks. He has played well in the last series against Zimbabwe.

Matches – 57

Runs – 1458

Average – 29.75

2) Mahmudullah – He is a strong right-handed batsman who can drive the ball imperiously through the covers. He will be beneficial for his team and will give good fantasy points in the upcoming matches.

Matches – 246

Runs – 4440

Average – 24.95

3) Josh Philippe – The right-handed batsman was playing in good form in the past few matches. He gave good fantasy points in the last series and the same is expected from him in the upcoming matches too.

Matches – 61

Runs – 1503

Average – 28.90

4) Ben McDermott – The right-handed batsman is a dynamic batsman who played apt innings in the last series against West Indies. He has a lot of potential to play well for his team in the next match.

Matches – 75

Runs – 1669

Average – 30.34

Top 4 Bowler Picks

1) Shoriful Islam – The left-arm medium-fast bowler is a left-arm pace sensation from his squad and has given good fantasy points in the last series against Zimbabwe.

Matches – 44

Wickets – 53

Economy – 8.42

2) Taijul Islam – The slow left arm orthodox bowler is talented bowler. He has great experience in this format and will be a wise pick for the upcoming match

Matches – 88

Wickets – 75

Economy – 7.32

3) Josh Hazlewood – The right-arm fast-medium bowler is an excellent player from his team. He has delivered excellent bowling performances in the last series. He has consistently given good fantasy points due to his dynamic wicket-taking abilities.

Matches – 44

Wickets – 48

Economy – 7.52

4) Mitchell Starc –  The right-arm medium fast bowler’s pace and mental make-up has proven to be very beneficial for his team in the last series against the Windies. He was on a wicket taking streak with his attacking bowling.

Matches – 102

Wickets – 145

Economy – 7.23

Top 4 All-rounder picks

 1) Mahedi Hasan – The right-handed batsman and right-arm off break bowler has a unique style of bowling that baffles even the most experienced batsman. He has emerged as a bright young star player from his team.

Matches – 74

Runs – 891

Average – 20.25

Wickets – 64

Economy – 7.33

2) Ashton Agar- The right-handed batsman and right arm medium bowler is playing in good form. He has good experience in this format.

Matches – 103

Runs – 913

Average – 16.90

Wickets – 84

Economy – 7.41

3) Shakib Al Hasan – The left-handed batsman and slow left-arm orthodox bowler has played excellent innings in the last series against Zimbabwe. He consistently took a wicket against them and proved to be a valuable player for his team.

Matches – 331

Runs – 5275

Average – 21.37

Wickets – 374

Economy – 6.87

4) Mitchell Marsh – The left-handed batsman and right arm medium bowler is a hard-hitting batsman and dynamic bowler with great wicket-taking skills. He is a must-pick for the upcoming match.

Matches – 118

Runs – 2553

Average – 31.51

Wickets – 61

Economy – 8.27

Predicted Playing 11

 Bangladesh – Mohammad Naim Sheikh, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah (c), Afif Hossain Dhrubo, Mahedi Hasan, Nurul Hasan Sohan (wk), Shamim Hossain Patwary, Mohammad Saifuddin/Shoriful Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Taijul Islam

 Australia – Matthew Wade (c & wk), Ben McDermott, Mitchell Marsh, Josh Philippe, Moises Henriques, Daniel Christian, Ashton Agar, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood, Wes Agar/Andrew Tye

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