The match between Australia and Bangladesh will be the 10th match of the ICC Women’s T20 world cup 2020, and also the 6th match of Group A. It would be the 3rd match for Australia and the 2nd one for Bangladesh.
The match will be held on 27th Feb from 4.30 pm IST onwards, at the Manuka Oval ground in Canberra, Australia. The pitch at Manuka Oval is known to favor the batsmen’s side.
Players to watch out for and why
The Australian side, despite being formidable, has a real issue of consistency. Its entire batting order is filled with capable players, but they have lately struggled with a reliable form. If you had to bank on somebody on the Australian side, it should be the skipper Meg Lanning. Barring the inaugural match against India, Lanning has been fairly consistent in her form (scoring a 41* in the last match against Sri Lanka). Rachel Haynes is another batsman to watch out. Bowling attack is a real Achilles’ Heel for the kangaroos. Jess Jonassen has been fairly reliable in the series thus far, plucking wickets in every match. But apart from her, the Australian bowlers have really struggled with consistency.
The main player to watch out on the Bangladesh side is the opener Murshida Khatun. With a consistent performance this season, including the 30 runs against India in the last match, Khatun can be relied upon to get some runs. She can be aided by wicketkeeper-batsman Nigar Sultana, who had a quick 35 run-knock in the last match. In the bowling department, skipper Salma Khatun is the one to watch out. With 2 wickets in the previous match and 3 wickets in the warm-up match against Pakistan, Khatun is one lethal bowler.
Who will win and why
Surprisingly, the statistics are largely missing for this face-off. Bangladesh and Australia have never faced each other before, so one cannot make any assumption on the basis of past outcomes. However, we do have their past performances in the T20 world cups. Australia has been the top-dog of the tournament’s history, becoming the champion 4 times (the most for any team) out of the 6 T20 world cups. Bangladesh, on the other hand, has never made it beyond the group stage.
Talking about the form, we can get a much clearer picture. Australia currently ranks on the top in the ICC T20 rankings. Bangladesh, on the other hand, ranks 9th out of 10 qualified nations. Despite the rather decent form of Bangladeshi players right now, Australia is simply a league above. When the two teams would face each other tomorrow for the first time, Australia would most likely emerge victoriously.