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Match Facts: Australia v Bangladesh

Both teams are out of the running for a semifinal spot, but have pride to play for

Match Facts: Australia v Bangladesh  - Cricket News
Mushfiqur Rahim needs 44 runs to become the third player to score 500 T20I runs for Bangladesh.
While Bangladesh did well to qualify for the Super 10 stage, it has not won a match since entering the second round of the ICC World Twenty20 2014. Australia, meanwhile, is searching for its first win of the tournament so far. None of the teams have a chance of qualifying for the semifinal, but both have pride to play for. Bangladesh hasn't won in a T20I against Australia before, and a win will be the ideal way for the team to give its home fans reason to cheer. Australia came into the World T20 as one of the favourites, and will want to justify that billing. Ahead of their clash on Tuesday, here is a look at the key battles and match facts.

Facts:

Australia has won both previous T20Is between these teams, at the 2007 and 2010 ICC World Twenty20 tournaments. 

Shane Watson has been dismissed for a single figure score in eight of his last 10 T20I innings. 

Shane Watson was the leading run-scorer at the ICC World Twenty20 2012 with 249 runs in six innings. He has scored seven runs in three innings in this tournament. 

Against Pakistan, Shakib Al Hasan became both the joint-leading T20I run-scorer and wicket-taker for Bangladesh. He has 686 runs (along with Tamim Iqbal) and 44 wickets (along with Abdur Razzak). 

Australia came into the tournament on its joint-second longest winning streak of five matches, but has lost three matches in a row in Bangladesh.

Approaching Milestones:

Mushfiqur Rahim needs 44 runs to become the third player to score 500 T20I runs for Bangladesh. 

Shane Watson needs one wicket to go clear of Mitchell Johnson as Australia’s outright leading T20I wicket-taker – both have 38 wickets.

Key Battles:

Shane Watson v Tamim Iqbal  

These big hitters have experienced chastening tournaments. Shane Watson was the leading run-scorer at the ICC World Twenty20 2012 but has struggled this time around, whilst Tamim Iqbal continues to flatter to deceive in the format. An explosive Test batsman, the left-hander has three T20I half-centuries in 34 innings and has a career strike rate of 107. 

A period of injury problems has not helped, but Bangladesh badly needs Tamim to rediscover his form to alleviate the pressure on Anamul Haque and Shakib Al Hasan at the top of the Bangladesh order. Tamim hit his best T20I score at Dhaka, 88 not out against West Indies in December 2010. 

Watson has struggled in all formats this year, with a top score of 43 in 11 innings, back in January in the Sydney Ashes Test. With qualification not possible, this opportunity against Bangladesh might enable the big all-rounder to break the shackles of poor form.


 

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