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Bangladesh look for Cardiff 2005 encore in Nottingham

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Bangladesh look for Cardiff 2005 encore in Nottingham
South Africa, West Indies down. Australia to go? © Getty

Tuesday was rather special for Mashrafe Mortaza. It was of course the day after the Bangladesh captain had seen his team absolutely maul a hapless West Indian outfit to seriously announce their ambitions of making a mark in this World Cup.

But it was also the 14th anniversary of Bangladesh cricket's first big moment on the international stage. Yes, they had upset Pakistan back in the 1999 World Cup. But downing double world champions Australia on that famous night at Cardiff was Bangladesh announcing to the world that they were to be taken seriously. Mortaza is the only surviving member from that Bangladesh XI in 2005. He'd been the best bowler too back then, dismissing Adam Gilchrist with the second ball of the match and finishing with very impressive figures of 1/33 in his 10 overs.

And he's still running in as passionately as ever despite his dodgy knees, and leading a Bangladesh team that is taken very seriously by every opposition around. You wonder how seriously Australia have taken them since though, considering there have been only 12 completed matches between the two sides in the 14 years since. Their last two scheduled encounters came during the 2015 World Cup and the 2017 Champions Trophy, both of which ended up being washed out. And Thursday's (June 20) encounter will be the first that the two will take the field for since April 13, 2011. Even as Bangladesh have continued to make the climb, their rise hasn't quite resonated too much Down Under, and the last and only time Mortaza & Co were even in Australia was back in 2008. Steve Smith is the only Australian still left from that comfortable win for the Aussies in Dhaka over eight years ago. This was when India had just been crowned world champions, and Australia were still four years on from retaining their crown. And here we are four years on from them doing that, with Australia about to realize just how far Bangladesh cricket has come in ODI cricket. The disappointment in Mortaza's voice was discernible when asked about the reluctance of Australia to host his team or play them regularly.

It's an important game for the World Cup itself though. We are still nearly three weeks away from the semifinals, and already the top four positions seem more or less settled. With New Zealand sneaking past South Africa in Birmingham on Wednesday (June 19), Mortaza and his tigers will have to recreate the magic of Cardiff to keep the round robin stage of the tournament alive, and ensure we don't end up having 20 days of dead rubbers.

When: Australia vs Bangladesh, CWC19, June 20, 10:30 Local, 15:00 IST

Where: Trent Bridge, Nottingham

What to expect: There will be a game. There is a 30 per cent chance for rain at 11 am on Thursday, but it's expected to be an overall sunny day, and Bangladesh are likely to have to wait a few more years to actually record an ODI match against the Aussies. Having shown just how good they are in their cruise against West Indies, Bangladesh will not be an easy opponent for Aaron Finch & Co. The defending champions have been tested already in the tournament, and have found different ways of escaping from delicate situations. Unlike Pakistan, West Indies and Sri Lanka though, Bangladesh are unlikely to take their foot off the pedal if they get the momentum going their way. Australia beware.

Team News:

Australia

Marcus Stoinis and his injury ended up dominating the build-up to yet another Australian match in the World Cup. But for once, vice-captain Alex Carey came out spoke out positively about the all-rounder's possibility of making a return to the field. It just proves how valuable Stoinis has become, despite not having really produced a number of eye-catching performances, to the balance of the Australian setup. To start with, they have struggled to find a place for a spinner without Stoinis to bulk up the bowling. And with him back and Nathan Coulter-Nile fit again, there might be a recall for Adam Zampa, or will Australia finally decide to give Nathan Lyon a go against another team, which has three left-handers at the top of the order but none in the middle.

Probable XI: David Warner, Aaron Finch (c), Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Glen Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa

Bangladesh

Like in 2005, this is a settled Bangladesh team, and the Big five as they're referred to by their press, are firing together. And even though Carey was asked about whether his team feared the Bangla spinners, it's unlikely they will alter their winning XI from three days earlier.

Probable XI: Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Liton Das, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Mustafizur Rahman

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