Finally! Australia finally showed some fight against Bangladesh, winning the fourth T20I of the series by the slimmest of margins. Despite the fact that the series is already won, Australia’s victory has brilliantly set up the final match. With the ICC T20 World Cup just a few months away, this will be one of the two teams’ last chances to get their combinations perfect.
The fifth and final match of the series will take hold in Dhaka’s Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. The game will take place on the evening of August 9, 2021. There has been a significant difference in how the two sides have performed thus far, and this match might be the one when that gap is overcome. A fantastic match is undoubtedly in the cards.
Match Details to Note
Match: Bangladesh vs. Australia, 5th T20I
Date and Time: August 09, Monday, 5:30 PM IST
Venue: Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka
Bangladesh vs Australia Team Previews
In the twenty-over format, defending a total of 109 is nearly difficult, but Bangladesh got dangerously close in the previous encounter. However, at the end of the game, their cumulative score was only a bit less than the par score. Bangladesh has already won the series, but a victory in this match would boost their confidence heading into the competition.
Bangladesh’s confidence will be at an all-time high after achieving the Tigers’ long-held goal of defeating Australia. Everyone is perplexed by Bangladesh’s performance in the series. Although their batsmen have done well enough, their bowlers have been outstanding. Mustfizur Rahman, in particular, has had virtually no runs throughout the series. Aside from him, nearly all of their bowlers have bowled at a rate that has been unrivaled in recent T20 championships.
Even if the batsmen have not fared well in the series, Bangladesh would be dissatisfied with Soumya Sarkar’s performance. He has 12 runs in four matches and Bangladesh may want to try someone fresh ahead of the series against New Zealand. On the bowling front, though, no changes are necessary. It would be fascinating to watch whether the management decides to experiment with some fresh players in the series’ final T20I.
Bangladesh has used the same starting lineup in all four matches. There appear to be no injury worries, and we may see the field on the same side unless they opt to put someone in for Soumya Sarkar. Bangladesh has a fairly well-balanced team on paper, thanks to the presence of many all-rounders in Mahedi Hasan, Shakib Al Hasan, and Mahmudullah. They understand the circumstances better than the Australians and will be a difficult team to beat in the next match.
Bangladesh T20I Squad
Mohammad Naim, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah(c), Afif Hossain, Shamim Hossain, Nurul Hasan(w), Mahedi Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman, Shoriful Islam, Nasum Ahmed, Rubel Hossain, Mohammad Mithun, Taijul Islam, Mosaddek Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Mohammad Saifuddin
Bangladesh struggled in their fourth game, losing by three wickets to Australia. Throughout the series, they have remained with the same team. They’ll be keen to end the series on a good note, so don’t anticipate them to make any changes to their starting lineup for the final game.
Playing XI: Mohammad Naim, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahedi Hasan, Mahmudullah (c), Afif Hossain, Nurul Hasan (wk), Shamim Hossain, Shoriful Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Nasum Ahmed
It’s not often that the Australians are reeling like they are in the current series against Bangladesh. Their batters haven’t struck a single shot, and their inexperience is palpable. The Australian management opted to give their young players a chance in this series, and they have been mostly disappointed. A victory in the fourth T20I would have given them some optimism, which they would try to turn into results in the fifth and final encounter.
Australia does not have any more T20I series after this one, therefore the team for the World Cup will be chosen based on the results of this series. Despite this, the Australian players still have a lot to play for. Mitchell Marsh has been the standout performer for them, and he may be the only batter who has looked consistent. Dan Christian put on a show in the last encounter, which is one thing the visitors will remember.
Australia’s recent form has been dismal, as Justin Langer is well aware. He could have more questions now than he had before the tour began. When the series began, Matthew Wade was undoubtedly Australia’s first-choice wicket-keeper, but his performance in the previous few matches hasn’t been what he’d want to see.
The Australians, on the other hand, have bowled brilliantly throughout the series. Josh Hazlewood, Michael Swepson, and Mitchell Starc have all been impressive and will be ready to go. However, we anticipate Hazlewood to be rested in this game, which would be a logical rather than a tactical move. Overall, the Australians look to be overly reliant on their bowlers to do this. It worked in the last match, and it’ll be fascinating to see if it works in the next one.
Australia T20I Squad
Ben McDermott, Matthew Wade(w/c), Mitchell Marsh, Moises Henriques, Alex Carey, Ashton Turner, Daniel Christian, Ashton Agar, Nathan Ellis, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood, Josh Philippe, Mitchell Starc, Andrew Tye, Jason Behrendorff, Wes Agar, Riley Meredith, Mitchell Swepson
Australia fought back in the fourth game, winning with three wickets in hand. The victory will boost their confidence after they had battled on the tour. They will be keen to maintain their winning streak and win the championship game. Nathan Ellis may return to the lineup in place of Josh Hazlewood, who could be rested for the last game.
Playing XI: Ben McDermott, Matthew Wade (c & wk), Mitchell Marsh, Moises Henriques, Alex Carey, Ashton Turner, Daniel Christian, Ashton Agar, Andrew Tye, Mitchell Swepson, Nathan Ellis
Pitch and Conditions
The weather prediction for Dhaka on Monday is not promising. There is a good possibility of rain in the afternoon, and the sky will be cloudy the rest of the day. The temperature will range from 27 to 32 degrees Celsius. There may be weather interruptions during the game.
The pitch at Shere Bangla National Stadium is a little slower. The pitch’s sluggishness benefits spinners on both sides. In the series, neither side has scored 140 points. Bangladesh scored 131 in the opening game of the series. Australia struggled to chase 105 in their previous game, and the deck is anticipated to remain the same in the series finale.
Bangladesh vs Australia Match Prediction
Although the Australians won the previous match, they were forced to battle hard even though they were chasing a very low score. The Australians have done well with the ball but not so well with the bat in the previous series. Bangladesh, on the other hand, has done a commendable job. Given the two teams’ lineups and current play, Bangladesh clearly has the upper hand. Furthermore, kids are playing in familiar surroundings, which is usually a great plus. We would bet on Bangladesh to win for this reason, as well as the other ones listed above, and you should as well.