Australia vs Bangladesh: 3rd T20I, August 6, 2021, Australia Tour of Bangladesh Match Prediction
August 6, 2021 3:00 pm
Australia’s inconsistent run in T20Is continued as they slumped to successive defeats in the first two T20Is. It’s been trial by spin in the first two T20Is and Australia have struggled big time. Australia’s batting just hasn’t come to the party in either of the two games and they have paid the price. In the first game, they couldn’t chase down 132 and fell 23 runs short before mustering a mere 121/7 in their 20 overs in the second game. The Australian batsmen have found it hard work and haven’t really been able to cope with the slow nature of the surfaces in Dhaka. Meanwhile, the bowlers have done a decent job but the lack of support from the batting has meant that Australia are 0-2 down in this five-match T20I series.
Bangladesh’s batting has been a touch up and down as well but they have done enough to remain over Australia. They have had players chipping in with vital contributions. The hosts have found players standing up at crucial junctures in both the T20Is so far. Meanwhile, the bowling has been top-notch and the Bangladesh bowlers have made full use of the conditions. The fast bowlers have taken the pace off beautifully and the spinners have been dominant and it is the bowlers who have put Bangladesh ahead in this series.
Bangladesh and Australia rarely play bilateral series in any format. Australia have been absolutely dominant against Bangladesh across all formats but Bangladesh have turned the tide somewhat in this series. This is the first time ever they have won two successive games against Australia in any format.
Australia are without a host of their first-choice and key players. However, that doesn’t take away anything from the fact that Bangladesh have been clinical and have adapted to conditions much better. The series is on the line in this third game as Australia look to keep the series alive. Bangladesh may go in as slight favourites but don’t count Australia out.
Before the start of this series, Australia have won each of the four T20Is against Bangladesh. All those four encounters had come in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cups. However, that has changed after the first two games of this series and it’s become 2-4 with Bangladesh winning their first two T20Is. Remember, this is the first-ever bilateral T20I between these two sides and Bangladesh are on the verge of a historic series win. In fact, Bangladesh had just two wins over Australia in international cricket (across formats) before the start of this series from 31 matches.
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