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Cricket World Cup: Australia v Bangladesh preview

Australia took part in one of the most extraordinary ODIs of all-time last time out at the World Cup and will be hoping for a more routine match against Bangladesh in Pune.

An absolutely miraculous unbeaten double-century from Glenn Maxwell rescued a perilous position against Afghanistan and ensured that the Baggy Greens will be semi-finalists in India.

Not only that, but they will also avoid a meeting with the tournament hosts in the last four, but they still have to finish off their group stage campaign against a Tigers side battling to ensure their qualification for the 2025 ICC Champions Trophy.

WhatAustralia v Bangladesh
WhereMaharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune
When15:00 (AEST), Saturday 11th November 2023
How to watchFoxtel, Kayo & 9Now
OddsAustralia 1.12, Bangladesh 6.00

Maxi produces an all-time great

All-rounder Maxwell returned to the Australia side with the biggest of bangs against Afghanistan, rescuing his side from the depths of 91-7 as they chased 292 for victory in Mumbai.

He and Pat Cummins added an unbroken 202 for the eighth wicket, with the Aussie skipper contributing a mere 12 not out to that remarkable stand.

Maxwell, despite suffering physically for large parts of his innings, ended unbeaten on 201, having struck 21 fours and 10 sixes from just 128 balls faced.

That more than papered over the cracks of no other batter contributing more than 24 to the cause, but Australia will need larger contributions through the order if they are to go all the way, with old foes South Africa waiting in the semi-finals.

Steven Smith is available again after a bout of vertigo and could return, possibly in place of Maxwell, with Marnus Labuschagne also facing the chop if a change is made.

Smith has disappointed in the tournament to date, making 205 runs at an average of 29.28 and a lowly strike-rate of 86.13, passing 50 just once in seven innings.

He can be backed at 4.00 to be Team - Top Batter in Pune, with Maxwell available at 5.50 if he is given the nod.

Starc not firing on all cylinders

While there are some concerns about the form of some of the Aussie batters, the same can be said of the bowlers, especially wicket-taker extraordinaire Mitchell Starc.

The left-arm quick has taken ten wickets at 43.90 so far at the World Cup and is going for just over 6½ runs per over.

Starc started the tournament in solid fashion, but has returned figures of 0-89, 2-66 and 1-70 in his last three matches, performing well below the level that has made him the third-highest wicket-taker in World Cup history.

He and Australia will hope for better against the Tigers and Starc can be backed at 4.00 to be Team - Top Bowler in Pune, with leg-spinner Adam Zampa available at 3.75.

Zampa has enjoyed an outstanding tournament so far, taking 20 wickets to challenge the leading wicket-takers in the tournament, with Australia now 1.72 to reach the World Cup final.

Aussies near perfect against Tigers

Australia have certainly had the better of their one-day international clashes with Bangladesh over the years, winning 19 of the 20 completed matches between the two sides.

Their sole loss came back in 2005, while their most recent meeting came at the 2019 World Cup, when a high-scoring clash ended in a 48-run victory for the Baggy Greens.

Bangladesh made 333-8 in defeat that day, so they are capable of delivering if Australia veer from the path which has seen them win six in a row after opening the tournament with back-to-back losses to India and South Africa.

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