Australia v Bangladesh, World T20, Group 2, Mirpur

Pride at stake for underachievers

The Preview by Daniel Brettig

March 31, 2014

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Match facts

April 1, 2014
Start time 1530 local (0930 GMT)

George Bailey swung his way back into form, Australia v England, 2nd T20, Melbourne, January 31, 2014
Time may be running out for George Bailey as Australia T20 captain © Getty Images
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Big Picture

Two teams down on their luck will meet in Dhaka with only the faint hope of regaining some pride after swift elimination from a tournament that should have promised more for each. As hosts, Bangladesh were expected to offer something more substantial than their struggle to get into the main draw and floundering displays once in it. As pre-event favourites, Australia have disappointed every bit as much, leaving plenty of questions to be answered about their approach to Twenty20 and perhaps the quality of the Big Bash League that is meant to be the team's proving ground.

Mainly, the match will offer several fringe performers the chance to regain some confidence from their teammates, coaches and selectors, while more established players will hope to end on a more edifying note than the hefty losses to India and Pakistan.

Bangladesh have only ever defeated Australia once in any format. A home match on a tired pitch against opponents eager for home might just be the opportunity they have been seeking.

Form guide

(most recent first)
Bangladesh LLLLW
Australia LLLWW

In the spotlight

While Shakib Al Hasan can be expected to provide the major spin threat for Bangladesh, he will need support to ensure Australia are kept in check. Abdur Razzak thus looms as a worthwhile inclusion and an operator capable of tightening the innings. Razzak has unhappy memories of facing Australia in Dhaka, when in 2011 Shane Watson took him and many other teammates to the cleaners towards a world record tally of sixes while clumping 185* in an ODI. He will hope to make amends this time around.

Speaking frankly after the abject loss to India, George Bailey said it had been the worst loss of his T20 captaincy. Another to Bangladesh could well signal the end of his time in the role, given that the next tournament is some years away and the precocious Steve Smith is showing himself to be a gifted leader ideal for captaincy grooming in the shortest format. Like David Warner and Shane Watson, Bailey's batting has been a long way short of expectations, and he will need to give the selectors something to recall when they meet to name Australia's next T20 combination later in the year.

Team news

Australia may shuffle their resources in this final match, with the younger Nathan Coulter-Nile a likely inclusion. Dan Christian may also be granted a chance.

Australia (probable) 1 Aaron Finch, 2 David Warner, 3 Shane Watson, 4 George Bailey (capt), 5 Glenn Maxwell, 6 Brad Hodge, 7 James Faulkner, 8 Brad Haddin (wk), 9 Mitchell Starc, 10 Nathan Coulter-Nile, 11 James Muirhead

Bangladesh have lost Mashrafe Mortaza to injury - 18-year old Taskin Ahmed replaced him in the squad - and given Australia's struggles so far can be expected to load up even more than usual on spin.

Bangladesh (probable) 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Anamul Haque, 3 Shakib Al Hasan, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (capt & wk), 5 Sabbir Rahman, 6 Nasir Hossain, 7 Mahmudullah, 8 Ziaur Rahman, 9 Abdur Razzak, 10 Sohag Gazi, 11 Al-Amin Hossain

Stats and trivia

  • Apart from knockout events, Australia have never lost every match at an ICC tournament in which they have competed
  • Bangladesh's only victory over Australia in any format arrived in an ODI at Cardiff in 2005


"We have to be motivated. I think for me personally, the motivation is - I don't like losing, personally. As a team we, don't like losing. I don't like my performance in this tournament. I haven't got five runs."
Shane Watson describes his mindset entering Australia's final match

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Posted by ScottStevo on (April 1, 2014, 13:36 GMT)

@TommyTuckerSaffa, ah, still spot on with your ingenious predictions, I see!

Posted by vkumar_086 on (April 1, 2014, 11:04 GMT)

@Arifur Rahman Khadem....300 runs total in ODI is not at all known as good total nowadays, in fact India set more than 300 runs in 95% matches it plays...and hitting 150+ is also does not matter, it looks very low when compared to 3 double centuries scored by Indian players in ODI's, hope you know all of this match BD escaped from maxwell, watson storm by opting to bat first...enjoy the game...

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (April 1, 2014, 10:43 GMT)

It will be a good contest. Equally balanced and same quality teams and both of them thrashed by others. Who will be the winner... I am excited! loser will write another history too!

Posted by sreehk on (April 1, 2014, 9:43 GMT)

Actually the current Australian T20 batting line up is by far the most intimidating and explosive of all the teams. It is just inexplicable that how Aus batting has consistently failed to deliver in the tournament. Look at the top 6. Warner-Finch, Watson-Maxwell, Bailey-Hodge, followed by Faulkner-Haddin. That makes it 4 pairs of explosive batsmen in the same line up. No body in the world may ever have this sort of line up. I wonder what if Johnson and Smith have been in the eleven. I think Aus are quite unlucky that their batting did not fire neither as a unit nor as individuals. Looked like they were missing something. May be they were not sure about what target to set or how to approach the innings while batting say taking 5 overs at a time. This is a tip for their planning team.

Posted by android_user on (April 1, 2014, 9:31 GMT)

best of luck bangladesh (Tigers)

Posted by android_user on (April 1, 2014, 9:30 GMT)

all the best wishes to win this game bangaladesh...........SL fan.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 9:11 GMT)

Goodluck Taskin..hope Tamim would do a little better in this last match

Posted by fifth_ump on (April 1, 2014, 8:58 GMT)

Reading the title of this article, one cannot make out who is being referred to here.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (April 1, 2014, 8:54 GMT)

The best t20 team for bangladesh would be 1)anamul 2)tamim or shamsur or naeem beacuse of his performance in bpl 2013 as opener was successful for the kings 3) tamim or sakib or mahmudullah 4) mahmudullah or mushy 5) mushy or sabbir or zia 6) nasir or zia 7) sabbir because he is a better finisher than zia 8) mashrafe 9) arafat sunny or gazior razzak or elias sunny or muktar ali10) razzak or rubel or taskin11) al amin as he is one of the best pacer for banglaesh n captain by shakib or mushy n vice captain sakib or mushy or mahmudullah or mortaza. N a coach like ganguly or tendulkar or brain lara. So if the manage like these it will one of the best n favourite t20 team n please drop sohag gazi n reza from t20 squad

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (April 1, 2014, 8:52 GMT)

Bangladesh will take this one by a canter.

Posted by vkumar_086 on (April 1, 2014, 8:51 GMT)

@Janith Pasindu Nanayakkara...SL dont have more than some ten records....they are yet to win a series outside subcontinent...yesterday your bowlers bailed out the team and the mistakes of batsmen were covered up in bowerls performance...if any Asian country (including BD and Afghanistan) would have played in place of NZ, surely they would have chased down that total easily...after seeing this match, BD would have cursed themselves for not placing in that group....

Posted by Maverick2 on (April 1, 2014, 8:21 GMT)

@ Ausie2013 Already non-asian teams doctored the rules in ODI to suit their pitches

1) Two new balls one form each end for more swing and more bounce,the ball will not get old enough for reverse swing which is the forte of asians, does not assist spinners.

2) only four fielders out side the circle against middle overs (spinners), their sure mishits will not fetch any wickets

similarly you can try following for T20

1) hit below Knee is a no ball, but auss keep targeting the batsmen faces

2)all the fielders should be inside the circles for the spinners, so that mis hit goes to boundary

3)a ball turns more than 1 degree is wide

Sporting is competing in unfavorable conditions by learning the tricks of the trade. if you just want to win in sub-continent pitches without breaking sweat, schedule your tournament only in winter, when the pitches offer some swing and bounce. of course your team should be good enough to play swing, not like tamely loosing the ashes to England in England

Posted by vkumar_086 on (April 1, 2014, 8:19 GMT)

@Janith Pasindu Nanayakkara...SL dont have more than some ten records....they are yet to win a series outside subcontinent...yesterday your bowlers bailed out the team and the mistakes of batsmen were covered up in bowerls performance...if any Asian country (including BD and Afghanistan) would have played in place of NZ, surely they would have chased down that total easily...after seeing this match, BD would have cursed themselves for not placing in that group....

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 8:11 GMT)

@vkias, I also wished and prayed Maxwell to score 150 + against India and make a history imposing a total of 300 +. I wouldn't be surprised if they did. Hope they would do it one day.

Posted by Ruhel420 on (April 1, 2014, 8:10 GMT)

So BD is still struggling to find a good replacement of Mashrafe !! _ feeling shame as a Bangladeshi.Even associate like Afgan,Netherlands or Zimbabwe got some quality pacers!! Being a test playing country, why not BD can't produce fine pacers?? - Mashrafe is the only lagend BD had produce.With his dedication we got lots of victory.. Salute to him. But may be he is tired now. After all he is a human not a mechine !

Posted by IMG_SL on (April 1, 2014, 8:08 GMT)

Maxwell is very keen guy. Like to watch him play in this match.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 8:07 GMT)

I thiink that the aussies will distroy bangladesh

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 8:07 GMT)

I think its time for BD fans to realize that they are no where near the international standards...they have to come out of it tat they have world class player..i think they don't have even a single world class player. IN general PK struggles with batting and India struggles with bowling, while BD struggles in both lol

Posted by randpeace on (April 1, 2014, 8:06 GMT)

It was an exceptional performance, however this wasn't the lowest score defended in T20I. There have been many. For full 40 overs game without D/L..

Posted by Haleos on (April 1, 2014, 8:04 GMT)

How full of himself is the SL support. 80% of all records belong to SL. Yeah right. 80% of all loosing records belong to SL maybe. Brilliant.

Posted by Dyed.Corduroy on (April 1, 2014, 8:04 GMT)

@Aus2013 and electric_loco_WAP4

(Part 3 of 3)

When you start thinking too high of yourself or too low of your opponent, then sooner than later, you are destined for a downfall .. This is exactly whats happening with Australia right now .. Secondly, i dont know why but Australia (supposedly) seem to be still confused about how seriously they need to take this format of cricket .. You would certainly not expect countries like Australia, England, South Africa or New Zealand to prepare slow and turning pitches while hosting tournaments, so why are you complaining if you are made to face such tracks in Asian Countries .. At the very least, you would never find any Asian Country whining about fast tracks being the only reason for them to lose a match or two .. Please get a grip and try to enjoy the matches for the sake of entertainment and well played cricketing games, and stop complaining if you are no more at the Top of the World !!

Posted by Manik_mia on (April 1, 2014, 8:04 GMT)

I can see few people still could not forget the WC 2007 when BD removed IND from WC. Man you need to forget those. Ireland removed PAK also in that tournament. I do not see PAK fan coming after Ireland the way IND fans are still coming after BD. BD was never a good 20/20 team. They just showed up in the ICC ranking few months ago. So we do not have any high expectation from them. Even Ireland have better ranking than BD in 20/20.

Next year WC ODI will be in Aus in green pitch. So guys you need to pray for your team there. Even team like NZ gave you white wash in ODI in that kind of pitch.

Posted by Dyed.Corduroy on (April 1, 2014, 8:03 GMT)

@Aus2013 and electric_loco_WAP4

(Part 2 of 3)

Date: 28 Mar Australia Score: 178 (20 Overs) West Indies Score: 179 (19.4 Overs)

Date 29 Mar New Zealand Score: 152 (19 Overs)

Date 29 Mar South Africa Score: 196 (20 Overs) England Score: 193 (20 Overs)

Date 30 Mar Australia Score: 86 (16.2 Overs)

Date 31 Mar England Score: 88 (17.4 Overs) Analysis: Your comment, im sorry to say, is just the result of your frustration as a result of Australia not winning any game (so far) in the tournament. The reason is not the slow, dull, turning and spinning pitches of Bangladesh. From stats above you can see that the same teams (including Australia) have scored pretty well on their good days .. Its just the matter of approach towards the spirit of the game ..

... to be continued !!

Posted by Dyed.Corduroy on (April 1, 2014, 7:55 GMT)

@Aus2013 and @ electric_loco_WAP4

(Part 1 of 3) Let me just begin with refreshing your memories over all the T20 World Cups:

2007 Venue : South Africa Winner : India

2009 Venue: England Winner: Pakistan

2010 Venue: The Caribbean Winner: England

2012 Venue: Sri Lanka Winner: West Indies

2014 Venue: Bangladesh

And now some highlights on totals posted on the board while playing on Low, slow and dull pitches of Bangladesh by some Teams that (according to you) only prefer or favor the Greenish and Furious tracks:

Date: 22 Mar South Africa Score: 160 (20 Overs)

Date: 22 Mar England Score: 172 (20 Overs) New Zealand Score: 52 (5.2 Overs)

Date: 23 Mar Australia Score: 175 (20 Overs)

Date: 24 Mar South Africa Score: 170 (20 Overs) New Zealand Score: 168 (20 Overs)

Date: 25 Mar West Indies Score: 171 (20 Overs)

Date: 27 Mar South Africa Score: 145 (20 Overs)

Date: 27 Mar England Score: 190 (19.2 Overs)

... to be continued !!

Posted by saravanan.s on (April 1, 2014, 7:49 GMT)

Aus is not overrated on this WC, in fact they were missing that killer factor is what I would call it. Remember Against PAK they got 100+ in 8 overs and they Lost because of poor batting. Vs WI they could Walk the talk until Mitc. gave away 19 RUNS in 19th Over (That was a poor leadership from Bailey, especially Watson bowled well on that match). Vs IND again their batsman fail to take responsibilities.

So I only hope they move on with the younger team like Warner, Smith, Finch, Maxwell, Faulkner, Muirhead, Pattinson, Nathan, Pat, Phil (WK) etc... And keep Watson and White for a while.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 7:20 GMT)

Perfect level playing field. Both are desperate to have one 'consolation' win.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 7:19 GMT)

I think Associate teams have played much better cricket than Bangladesh, they lack in each and every department when compared to teams like Netherlands,Afghanistan and Ireland. I don't think this match's result will be any kind of surprise by looking at the form of Bangladesh.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 7:11 GMT)

Have you guys noticed, Sri Lanka has put up another world record, 119 was the lowest total ever to defended in a T20 Internationals, amazing, more than 80% records belong to Sri Lanka in all forms of Cricket, from highest wicket taker in ODI, Test to etc etc woow simply amazing nation with amazing talents.. Brilliant

Posted by vkumar_086 on (April 1, 2014, 7:08 GMT)

@williaml....similarly when Australia toured India, they lost 4-0, when they toured England, again they lost 3-0...we know how Aus, Eng, SA, NZ performs in subcontinent....similarly the Asian countries wont perform well in your fast and bouncy pitches...there is no surprise in that...EVERY TEAM IS TIGER, LION, CHEETAH IN THEIR OWN BACKYARD AND WHEN THEY GO OUTSIDE, THEY BECOME CATS, there is nothing to hide this

Posted by vkumar_086 on (April 1, 2014, 7:03 GMT)

I wish maxwell to score 100 in this match and Australia to make more than 250 total....i like Bailey's humbleness, down to earth attitude, which is just opposite to BD captain...just after a single performance over associate country, these BD players comparing themselves with top players from top teams like India, Pak, Aus, SL, SA...i never forget the incident of Tamim to Dravid in 2007 WC....common Australia show the place for BD in this tournament

Posted by pitch_curator on (April 1, 2014, 6:56 GMT)

@ Aus2013 - Cant help laughing at your frustration. Even a team like Holland has been able to notch up a win while Aus is still on blob. Start introspection rather than blaming everything else. BTW India and Pak were finalists in 2007 when the pitches were as quick as they can get in SAF. lol

Posted by android_user on (April 1, 2014, 6:54 GMT)

both the teams are low on confidence. this will be a good fight as both will try to regain confidence

Posted by android_user on (April 1, 2014, 6:52 GMT)

Australia are overrated and over reliant over one man who is not a part of the team.......

Posted by vkumar_086 on (April 1, 2014, 6:47 GMT)

I wish maxwell to score 100 in this match and Australia to make more than 250 total....i like Bailey's humbleness, down to earth attitude, which is just opposite to BD captain...just after a single performance over associate country, these BD players comparing themselves with top players from top teams like India, Pak, Aus, SL, SA...i never forget the incident of Tamim to Dravid in 2007 WC....common Australia show the place for BD in this tournament

Posted by kazun1 on (April 1, 2014, 6:47 GMT)

Being a Sri Lankan fan; I wish our good friend Bangladesh all the best to win this game. And also I would like to thank the Bangladesh fans for supporting Sri Lanka during Sri Lanka matches in the tournament. You guys are awesome and love cricket a lot. You guys deserved this victory.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 6:42 GMT)

I thiink that the aussies will pitch for this one

Posted by vkumar_086 on (April 1, 2014, 6:29 GMT)

@Aus2013....if any ICC events held in non asian venues, whether the host country will prepare spin friendly pitches....i think no...similarly works also bit amazed why BD got opportunity to host 2014 T20 WC...pitches are highly spinner friendly....and we are seeing very low scoring games....this will destroy the excitement of T20's....hope this wont happen in next T20 WC....

Posted by SL_Fan_1985 on (April 1, 2014, 6:08 GMT)

Good luck for Bangladesh....From SRI LANKA

Posted by disco_bob on (April 1, 2014, 6:01 GMT)

Only only one thing is certain in this match and that is unless Finch and Warner put on a huge stand first, Watson is sure to fail again.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 5:57 GMT)

I strongly believe that Bangladesh needs a huge change in the current batting order which is not comfortable with bat at all. I suggest Shamsur Rahman and Anamul Haque open the innings while Ziaur at No 3, followed by Tamim, Shakib, Mushfique and so on. If Shamsur performs well, that's mostly in top order. So, it's ideal to send him at 1 or 2, as it's where he's been used to batting all the time. Since Tamim is completely out of form, he should try in middle order to gain his form back. Ziaur generally doesn't stay longer on the crease. So if he can stay for 3 - 4 mighty overs during powerplay, the score can be good to start with. As it's BD's last match & has nothing to lose much, this is the perfect time to gamble their luck in a different way. My suggestions may be turned down here, but I was mostly right about every comment I made in any match on Mushfique's captaincy & his wrong decision to hand in the ball to a bowler at a wrong time. Good luck.

Posted by cricketgladiator on (April 1, 2014, 5:55 GMT)

@Aus2013... while I can understand your frustration for Aus not winning a match in this tournament but I do not understand why you blaming Bangladesh or non-asian slow pitches? South Africa (and possibly West indies) made it to the semis.. Besides the slow nature of subcontinent pitches is not a secret! Most of these Aussie players play more T20 in subcontinent than they play in Australia. So I don't know what is your excuse. I think if Bangladesh or other Asian countries made all their pitches like the wicket in Perth and Aus loses you will still complain. Australia haven't played well in this tournament so accept it instead of pointing finger on someone else for your own fault.

Posted by PPMMSS on (April 1, 2014, 5:52 GMT)

Tigers , you have to be supper positive in field. learn it from yesterday games. 1. ENG vs NL game - No minnows any more in T20S. 2 . SL vs NZ - positive approach can defend any moderate total. we need your team to grow like IND/SL and PAK. go and beat Australia . from SL fan.

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (April 1, 2014, 5:47 GMT)

Totaly condone @Aus2013's views.Low,slow,dull pitches,heavy influence of dew,hence toss,generally lack of any help for quality fast bowlers-all've contributed to this tourney being flop it is.Been most colourless,boring,lacklustre version of event so far.

Posted by naveener on (April 1, 2014, 5:44 GMT)

@Aus2013. A small request to the asian teams if they have chosen by the ICC for conducting the ICC T20 tournaments in their home turfs....Please set the pitches with turning and slow, lets see wat these quickies can do... can they even score a descent runs or take wickets..?

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (April 1, 2014, 5:33 GMT)

The way BD loses matches is different from Aussies. BD have never been in position of winning but Aus have lost close matches expect India match, which on any other day could have been theres. BD team is always in overconfidence and even after 14years of test cricket we write that they dont deserve test status, which means something is very wrong with the team. Most of there players like to be in limelight by there flambuoyant nature but they fail to estimate power patience and shot selection. No doubt that Aussies will win today..

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (April 1, 2014, 5:31 GMT)

Higest t20 score,fastest 100,higest total-team,most 6s-individ.,inngs.Yes,got feeling few recds. in danger when BD tigers take on mighty Aussies.Which of Warner,Watto,Maxi is going to be the 1?With such power,if Aus bat 1st,some of above are in danger.

Posted by Aus2013 on (April 1, 2014, 5:22 GMT)

Any idea why ICC have chosen to conduct the ICC T20 tournaments in Bangladesh....T20 is full of fun & entertainment....All the matches should be a high scoring games that's the speciality of T20....with these sort of crap pitches with slow, spin and low...Straight away the Asians are favourates to win the tournament....It's not only the worst T20 for george bailey and broad alone....It's d worst T20 for all the non Asian teams....A small request to the non-asian teams if they have chosen by the ICC for conducting the ICC T20 tournaments in their home turfs....Please set the pitches with greenish and furious tracks...lets see the ability of Asian batsmens and the Asian spinners.......wththr will thy b able to get atleast a par score on their boards?....will their spinners will be able to defend their par scores?......

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (April 1, 2014, 5:17 GMT)

The result is fore gone.Best weak BD can hope for vs Aussie powerhouses is to avoid most 1 sided beating of tourney so far, i.e reduce margin of defeat.It's wise to take practical approach in games like these.BD can be happy if it can put up a fight.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 5:11 GMT)

nice to see bangladaish fans chairing for bagla team.they are actually true fans they never criticize their team on any preview of bangla match here on cricinfo unlike my fellow pakistani and some indian.they got harsh on other team but i like them cause cricket need some full and motivated fans.keep going with your team hope one day they will become world beater which means beating good team and bngla fans deserve that the most then any country.

Posted by mzm149 on (April 1, 2014, 5:06 GMT)

Another humiliation awaiting Bangladesh. They must be used to it by now. Come on Australia break all records.

Posted by 9ST9 on (April 1, 2014, 5:04 GMT)

I have been disappointed with how BD have played this year, and I really feel for the fan's and their enthusiasm, despite the failures of their team. They deserve to go out on a high. Really hope they pull one off Aus. today.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 5:04 GMT)

Common AUSTRALIA....<3 Please come back to your natural Wining Mode>>>>

Posted by kahvas on (April 1, 2014, 4:59 GMT)

I guess its high time ICC reassesses Bangladesh as a test playing nation. I think its better for BD to play with associate teams, like a mini world cup and test series, instead of somehow shocking a big team once a blue moon and calling themselves tigers. This way it will be an impetus for their fans to watch them as favorites for a change. This will also improve the attitude of some BD players like Sakib who think they are like Kevin Petersen and can get away with anything.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 4:54 GMT)

I never thought Indian fans would support BD team ever..:O good to see some indian fans supporting bd for tonights match.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 4:47 GMT)

"Apart from knockout events, Australia have never lost every match at an ICC tournament in which they have competed"- I think Aus lost 2 matches in the first round of 2009 world t20.isn't it?

Posted by akashhaque on (April 1, 2014, 4:32 GMT)

Change the coach,Change the coach,Change the coach thats the first step to rebuild the team.

Posted by gotoguy47 on (April 1, 2014, 4:31 GMT)

Come on Bangladesh !! finish this up with a high note !! good luck from SL !

Posted by wapuser on (April 1, 2014, 4:02 GMT)

"Only" Bangladesh is worst team to not win any matches till now, well, what about Australia? "Only" Bangladesh is worst to lose with associate nation, what about England?? AUS and ENG playing for more than 150 years, and now they r getting all out before scoring 100. I would say well done Bangladesh and best wishes for todays match

Posted by CricTimer on (April 1, 2014, 3:58 GMT)

Two young stars will make their appearance first time for the WCT20. Coulter for Aus and Taskin for BD. They both were very promising in the domestic league (BigBash and BPL). Want to see some quality cricket from both side toni8.

Posted by wapuser on (April 1, 2014, 3:57 GMT)

Only bangladesh is worst team to lose all matches in super 10, what about australia? Only bangladesh is worst to lose with associate nation, well,what about england losing with netharlands?? And what about Aus, NZ and Eng gets all out before even scoring 90 runs!

Posted by sandeepgla on (April 1, 2014, 3:49 GMT)

I think bangladesh has a great future as a team in years to come their crowds are as passionate as they can be they have talents but only think they r lacking is temperament i thing as every team wants to take former Pakistan bowlers as coach i think banga should consider to take Indian batsman as a batting coach likes of Ganguly, Dravid, Sachin, Laxman can help them as to how they can pace their innings.Indian supporter hoping ban wins tonight, cheers

Posted by ProdigyA on (April 1, 2014, 3:32 GMT)

BD needs to learn from SL. They r such a tiny country but still produce some good players. Today they defended a tiny target tremendously. But I think somehow BD should win a world cup or a major tournament, which will make the real difference and opposition will also start to take them seriously. For that some miracle needs to happen.

Posted by Beautiful_Bangladesh on (April 1, 2014, 3:24 GMT)

My team Bangladesh for today's match:

1 Tamim Iqbal 2 Anamul Haque 3 Shakib Al Hasan 4 Mushfiqur Rahim 5 Nasir Hossain 6 Sabbir Rahman 7 Mahmudullah 8 Sohag Gazi 9 Abdur Razzak 10 Al Amin Hossain 11 Taskin Ahmed

Need to try Taskin and to have a spin heavy attack Sohag Gazi may be added in place of Ziaur Rahman.

Posted by three_tamil on (April 1, 2014, 3:13 GMT)

Go BD, we indian fans like to win our Asian teams only. we all INDIANS are with you...use your all SPIN option against AUS, they are fast track bullies, YOU CAN DO IT ON ANY DAY, BEST OF LUCK.

Posted by navinrajpal on (April 1, 2014, 3:09 GMT)

Come on Bangladesh. It is your turn to spin out Aussies now. Best of Luck from India.

Posted by Lakpj on (April 1, 2014, 3:08 GMT)

This will be the best opportunity for Bangladesh to win something against Aus and round off rather a disappointing home season. Australia must be tired after a long summer with England and SA. But overall knowing what a professional bunch Aus are this should be a fun game to watch.

Posted by Cricket24 on (April 1, 2014, 1:35 GMT)

Wondering where Steven Smith is. Anybody can clarify??

Posted by OttawaRocks on (April 1, 2014, 1:21 GMT)

Looking forward to Bangladesh winning this one. Go BD!

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (April 1, 2014, 0:59 GMT)

I'm an indian too, nonsense about Asian team winning is atrocious.. I appreciate good cricket, anti supporter of ausis, wish to see BD win.. All the best BD..

Posted by williaml on (April 1, 2014, 0:48 GMT)

You have to remember that India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan can only win when they the cub continent or at home when they go outside. have a look at their recent results 4-0 to Australia in Australia. They lost 3-0 to South Africa in SA and 3-0 to New Zealand in NZ.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 0:45 GMT)

I hope Bangladesh will make Australia the beating stick of this see the excuses made by Australians after Sir Darren Sammy and co. humiliated them. #proud West Indian

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (April 1, 2014, 0:44 GMT)

What an epic mismatch?Aussie powerhouses v minnow home side.Though both BD,Aus are in same boat,i.e winless so far,nothing but dead rubber to play for.For young Aussies apart from inexp. in these conds. were fatigued,also unlucky.Chance to go out on high.

Posted by lovepork on (April 1, 2014, 0:24 GMT)

As usual Bangladesh will be trashed by Australia, the way they are playing there is no hope. Surprized to see Bangladeshis supporting Australia against India, but I guess when they realized it is impossible to beat India, they u turned. Maxwell probably will be having a feast against them

Posted by BD_Cricketer on (April 1, 2014, 0:15 GMT)

Before Bashing Bangladesh on every chance you get, please try to think about the overall performance of the so called BIG names as well. Australia didnt do better than Bangladesh until now in this T20 tounament. They even managed to get all out for 86 against India. WOw!!

England got thrashed in their tour to Aus this summer in all Test, ODI and T20. Poor team even lost to Ned now hopelessly. Hmm....only problem is when Bangladesh loose to an associate!

In last 8 test that BD has played - they won 1, lost 3 and drw 4. On the other hand the last 8 test England played - they won 1, lost 5 and drwd 2. So which performance you think is better?? Dont just bash a team just for the shake of bashing. Otherwise you look "Intellectually" disabled.

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 23:44 GMT)

Some said Bangladesh is weak team.....I am not agree with them....Last night I watched two match....Look those loseing team score....NZ vs SL...119\60...lowest total in this world t20.....NZ lost and Netherland vs Eng...133\88....England lost...both team rank in t20..higher than Bangladesh......Bangladesh team passing a bad time...Lots of pressure from home crowd....They will be back on truck soon....and t20 cricket is not a calssic cricket game,it's short version game....any team can win this version of game...So please don't judge any team by performing in t20......

Posted by MULLIK on (March 31, 2014, 23:14 GMT)

Totally agree with Equal_right2play_cricket. Mushi's captaincyhas been the worst in this tournament. I propose to reverse the batting order. Send Al-Amin to open followed by Razzak and Shohag. It will make no difference as these three will possibly be able to score a total of 15 runs before they Perish. We have not seen anything different from the established top orders.

Posted by Dadu786 on (March 31, 2014, 22:27 GMT)

Before tournament Shane Watson rated his team high and called most balanced team, oUCHHH.

Posted by Dhutugemunu on (March 31, 2014, 22:26 GMT)

I support BD, since I'm originally from the subcontinent. Unfortunately the winning chance for BD is 1/10 against Aus (even they are not looking good at the moment). Seems like playing against BD is similar to offering 2 free points to the other side. If BD wins it will be an upset as usual. I wanted to see that upset here. Come-on BD. If Netherlands can do that, you can do that too.

Posted by Palsudipto_BD on (March 31, 2014, 21:52 GMT)

As far I know that Australia lost both of their group matches in 2009 T20 world cup and out of the tournament without a win.

Posted by Stark62 on (March 31, 2014, 21:49 GMT)

How can Bailey's captaincy be under scrutiny?

They were a force to be recknoned with before the tournament began and it's not his fault, the conditions didn't suit his players or their brand of cricket.

If the tournament was in a non-SC country, then they would have won the competition quite easily.

Posted by ToneMalone on (March 31, 2014, 21:37 GMT)

Hope Australia finally accept the local conditions and play both their specialist spinners, Muirhead & Hogg. Three games too late, but ah well ...

Posted by on (March 31, 2014, 21:22 GMT)

Give Taskin a chance to play. He seemed to have some genuine speed & aggression. Lets test him whether he is ready to play for the national team or not in this dead rubber match.

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 21:17 GMT)

I would be super happy to see if Aussie scoring 300 runs against BD in this. It irritates me hearing BD comparing itself to great teams like Inida, a team won two times World cup and has an amazing track record with legendary players like Sachin, Saurav, Laxman, Dravid, Dhoni, Zaheer. BD did you ever seen a cocky statement or overconfident state of mind from Indian players at all. ICC should seriously consider BD's test status in the midst of young and ever growing teams like NL, Nepal, Afg, Ire. ICC should consider cancelling BDs test status ASAP. Mortaza, shakib, Mushifqur should stop big talking and consider learning some cricketing basics from Aus, NZ, Ind, WI and Pak etc teams

Posted by Harihacker on (March 31, 2014, 20:53 GMT)

@navinrajpal - I agree with you in part. I believe there should not be any unsportsman like animosity between any of the asian teams (especially between India and Pakistan) and we should support each other.

Posted by WTEH on (March 31, 2014, 20:52 GMT)

Oh BD team, There will be 3 south asian semi finalists in this tournament. What happened to you guys. Practice hard, try to keep up with the big brothers in the region.

Posted by sysubrceq0 on (March 31, 2014, 20:48 GMT)

Tomorrow we will know who is the ultimate loser of this WT20, going home with 0 points. Unless rain washes the game, one team will be FOOL of this tournament and I am pretty sure BD will not disappoint me.

Posted by eastberry on (March 31, 2014, 20:26 GMT)

BD team is good team , could be better however they are not performing well in this tournament. defeating with huge margin . There is lack of player performence and also poor captancy in last match. Hope for the best with australia if they can perform their natural paying how they played past two years. sure beating india is not upset , you must seen how they played last asia cup with each team. again bilateral game with srilanka with very competative with last ball game .

Posted by JAHID_OMAR on (March 31, 2014, 20:13 GMT)

I Wish Bangladesh to win this one.. Its true that they are in a bad form/situation now but i must say that they have the talent to blossom if they use their heads/Train hard and stick to the basics. Its obvious that they had given only 50-60% of what they are actually capable of in this tournament due to some reason.. I really love the Bangladesh Public, They are so friendly and continuously supporting their team even they fail to deliver big time. So its now high time for BD team to regroup and give something for this Wonderful cricket loving nation by winning this one. Come on Tigers..!! lets regroup and show your real colors..!! We Srilankans always support Bangladesh.

Posted by vkumar_086 on (March 31, 2014, 20:03 GMT)

Im guessing huge defeat for BD by angry youngman does not want to go back in empty hand....tomorrow its all guns blazing against BD....instead of talking too much, BD would have tried to concentrate on performance....see Netherlands, except that match against SL, it gave very good fight to all teams...and won the match against England is still an associate country, seriously BD needs something to do otherwise, there will be no future for BD cricket

Posted by YesCricketer on (March 31, 2014, 20:00 GMT)

I totally disagree wit the title of the article. "PRIDE" ? What pride is it in winning this game for either team ? For bangladesh, disappointing performance at home. Losing is one thing, its a sport and losing is not a bad thing, but they were nvr in the contest in either of the 3 games. For Australia, Come on ! this is the Mighty Aussies. And losing all games with just a win against BD is pride fr them ? i m sure winning this wont cause a difference except for 2 points on the table! Sad display by pre-tournament favourites,AUSTRALIA! :(

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 19:59 GMT)

@anuajm Nepal and Afghanistan are much better? Is that why both of them got thrashed by Bangladesh in the qualifiers?

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 19:56 GMT)

Please note that I will be rooting for Bangladesh. Come on tigers get this only for your loyal fans. All is well that ends well!!!

Posted by android_user on (March 31, 2014, 19:07 GMT)

oh now I remember Watson s words - this is the most balanced aus team to ever enter an icc tournament ; well they might be on their way to their worst performance in one now... all this talk before matches and tournaments are utter rubbish... teams need to agree that they are kings in their backyards and sitting ducks abroad except SA to an extent.... aus might have fared well in tests over the last 6 months but they are nowhere near the Aussie teams of the 90s and 2003-04

Posted by ma_maglin on (March 31, 2014, 18:38 GMT)

No need for change BD team.... This 15 players r the best player for BD. we need just one game to win... Our team is the best.... If change anything in this team , its must be coach , team selector & think tank... in t20, we need variation... Nasir should open with Tamim.. then Sakib n Mushi in 3 & 4.. Zia must play in 5 (bcoz zia likes spinners more than pacers) ... Anamul in 6 (bcoz Anamul is a big hitter).. Sabbir in 7...Mahmudullah in 8... Gazi in 9... Raz in 10.... Al Amin in 11... this is the best XI for BD against Australia... Best of luck Bangladesh Cricket Team... we love u all time...

Posted by android_user on (March 31, 2014, 18:10 GMT)

as a Bangladeshi, I always support my team and hope they'll play a good game against Australia. it's true BD cricket is running a critical situations and cricketer's can't play their natural game like past. but I believe that they will comeback strongly in a short of luck BD tigers

Posted by NoorBD on (March 31, 2014, 17:57 GMT)

I agree with Equal_right2play_cricket. Bangladesh should change their batting order. Nothing is working while they have all the best players. They are not sending right player at the right time. For example: They should send Zia with Anamul for utilizing the first 6 overs. In all games they are already beaten in 6 overs. they can neither score 50 runs nor keep wickets. Nasir and Mahmudullah, specially with their off-form take too long time to be settled in the crease while they need to accelerate the run rate. Ziaur is not being given time for using his hard hitting capability, in last two games he came to bat while BD has already lost the game.

Posted by Ramansilva on (March 31, 2014, 17:46 GMT)

This is a contest to select the worst performing team.

Posted by Shajadul on (March 31, 2014, 17:39 GMT)

BD team has got the talent but they need confidence. I hope they can fight well for the sake of supporters.

Posted by android_user on (March 31, 2014, 17:39 GMT)

i want to see taskin in the team.he should be groomed for future.debuting in world cup may provide him the grasp of international cricket.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 31, 2014, 17:35 GMT)

Australia will win this match tomorrow, unfortunately for Bangladesh.

Posted by android_user on (March 31, 2014, 17:27 GMT)

aussie ausiee oie,,

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 17:24 GMT)

I think most people want Bangladesh to win but unless Australia crumble to spin then i see why they shouldnt win and beat bangladesh again. I hope another spinner comes in though for Bangladesh and it will be good practise against good spinners for Australia. I think whenever they tour subcontinent, Australia could have some matches against Bangladesh and prepare against Pak, Ind or SL.

Posted by kahvas on (March 31, 2014, 17:16 GMT)

BD, key is to use a lot of spin. Bowl fast leg spin against maxwell. He likes slow offspin around off that he hammers on the leg side. Chances are miniscule but hope BD wins this, would be icing on the cake to see Aussies battered like this.

Posted by Ain_EL_Sabet on (March 31, 2014, 17:15 GMT)

Agree with Equall_right2play_cricket , mushy is not right for captaincy and Bd really needs to change its captain soon.

Posted by British_North_America on (March 31, 2014, 17:15 GMT)

anuajm Beating India was not an upset indeed.We scored 279 without Shakib and put India in 50/2.It was Virat Kohly who always rescued India but not without help of lot of due.In the next match against SL, India suffered from the same problem-due.Bangladesh may not have the ability to beat India in T20, but of course have the ability in ODI.

Posted by Ain_EL_Sabet on (March 31, 2014, 17:11 GMT)

I really think its not sabbir rather in form player imrul kayes should play in place of shamsur .

Posted by android_user on (March 31, 2014, 17:03 GMT)

yeh you can end the tournament well bds. destroy aus friends. I want to see smiles from bd fans tommorow. may be rest of the world doesn't care this much but still bd fans like to see their heros win tommorow. so I hope bangladesh players can play up to their talents. best wishes from srilanka

Posted by Kingzzzz on (March 31, 2014, 17:02 GMT)

Bangladesh are funny. You play at home against teams like Nz, Aus, Eng, Sa and West so your prepare spinning pitches since that is your strength and more likely to win but they prepare pitches suited to these opposition instead otherwise Bangladesh would've had a far more realistic chance of succeeding. The fact of the matter is that Bangladesh Cricket is still weak and lack knowledge in the sport. If you want to be a really good team then sort out your first class structure and attitude so Bangladesh can get somewhere. Respect every opponent top or low and play sensible good Cricket. Don't wait for it to just happen because it won't until you make it happen.

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 16:53 GMT)

We need one Myburgh, one Tom Cooper, Captain like Borren in our BD team.

Posted by BARFI on (March 31, 2014, 16:23 GMT)

@ Kamal Ahmed Sakeeb: Totally agree with you. MY BD team is in serious trouble and need help. We need better coach, and better attitude.

Posted by navinrajpal on (March 31, 2014, 16:23 GMT)

As an Indian Fan I am rooting for Bagladesh. Any ICC event hosted in Asia SHOULD be won by Asian Teams. We Asian Teams (India, Pakistan, Sri-Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan) should support each other. We should celebrate each others' successes overseas. At the same time we should maintain our dominance in our conditions. This is critical to gain respect from Non-Asian Cricketing world. In spite of superior performances by Kohlis, Dhawans, Dilshans, Sangas, Mahelas, Malingas, Misbahs, Ajmals & others, we are labelled as Flat Track Bullies. This perception has to change. A Subcontinental Tour (India, SL, Bangladesh, UAE, etc) should be an absolute test of character for Teams outside Asia.

Posted by anuajm on (March 31, 2014, 16:19 GMT)

It's going to be a huge defeat for BD against the angry Australia. Bangladesh are probably the worst team in the tournament and very lucky to be in the super 10's. Nepal and Afghanistan are much better and ND have already shown what they are capable of. All the big talks in Asia cup for example "Beating India is not an upset" have fizzed off. It will be great for BD team to focus on hard work and performances rather than big talking. They are lucky to be a full member when better teams like Ireland ain't getting nothing. Hats off to the BD supporters though who keep coming in huge numbers and keep supporting their team. I just hope these players start working hard now.

Posted by Equal_right2play_cricket on (March 31, 2014, 16:14 GMT)

1. BD should learn from top team like India who has shuffled their team and batting order after confirming Semi. But BD hvn't done it against Hongkong. 2. Why not mominul? He's handy as a bowler and has a gr8 experience playing with Gayle, Hodge, Shehzad. 3. Why don't u try by changing ur batting order (Zia, Anamul, Mahmudullah, Nasir, Shakib, Tamim, Mushi, Sabbir, Mominul, Razzak, Alamin)? 4. Why didn't Mushi bring Nasir (rather than Mash/ Ziaur) to bowl when PAK wasn't easy against spin? He may bring Nasir rather than Zia when spinner will struggle! 5. BD should play with strong tail-end as there is little difference between their part time & front line bowler.

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 15:45 GMT)

bd team is so weak. they just started to play good cricket, but now they are back to their original form. another big defeat is waiting for them.

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