The match is scheduled for Saturday, 11th November, at the MCA International Stadium, Pune.
With a six-match winning streak at the World Cup, Australia is eager to extend it to seven before their crucial semi-final against South Africa next week.
Even though the semi-final spot is secured, Australia is not planning to take it easy against Bangladesh. They aim to build even more momentum before the decisive match against the Proteas.
Openers David Warner and Travis Head, who didn’t perform well in the last match against Afghanistan, are eager to make a significant contribution this time. Meanwhile, Adam Zampa, the in-form spinner, is on the verge of becoming the tournament’s leading wicket-taker if he manages to take a substantial number of wickets.
Despite being out of the semi-finals race, Bangladesh can still secure their spot in the 2025 ICC Champions Trophy tournament with a victory in this match. However, it won’t be an easy task, especially with their inspirational captain Shakib Al Hasan out due to a finger injury. Stand-in captain Najmul Hossain Shanto will have to lead the team in Shakib’s absence.
Pat Cummins (c), Steve Smith, Alex Carey, Josh Inglis, Sean Abbott, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitch Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa, Mitchell Starc.
Najmul Hossain Shanto (c), Litton Kumer Das, Tanzid Hasan Tamim, Anamul Haque, Tawhid Hridoy, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah Riyad, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Nasum Ahmed, Shak Mahedi Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Hasan Mahmud, Shoriful Islam, Tanzim Hasan Sakib.
Players to Watch
Australia – Glenn Maxwell
Glenn Maxwell, the Australian all-rounder, is in top form. His stunning double-century against Afghanistan in Mumbai demonstrated his potential when in full flow. Maxwell, who scored an unbeaten 201* off just 128 balls, is expected to be Australia’s trump card in the World Cup’s final stages as they aim for an unprecedented sixth title.
Bangladesh – Litton Das
With Shakib Al Hasan out due to injury, the responsibility of leading the young Bangladesh team falls on Litton Das. Despite a quiet World Cup campaign so far, scoring only 248 runs at an average of 31, the 29-year-old is eager to end on a high with a significant score against the formidable Australian team.