Australia v Bangladesh, World T20, Group 2, Mirpur March 31, 2014

Pride at stake for underachievers


Match facts

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

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

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • Scott on April 1, 2014, 13:36 GMT

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

  • VIJAY 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...

  • Manesh 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!

  • sree 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.

  • Android on April 1, 2014, 9:31 GMT

    best of luck bangladesh (Tigers)

  • Android on April 1, 2014, 9:30 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 on April 1, 2014, 9:11 GMT

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

  • Vasanth Kumar on April 1, 2014, 8:58 GMT

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

  • ESPN 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

  • greig on April 1, 2014, 8:52 GMT

    Bangladesh will take this one by a canter.

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