Pitch and weather: The Maharashtra Cricket Association surface has been batting-friendly with South Africa and England posting scores over 330 after batting first in the last two matches at the ground. But seamers have also done well on a pitch offering bounce and carry. Warm and sunny conditions are expected on Saturday with a maximum temperature of 32 degrees Celsius forecast.
Australia vs Bangladesh Highlights 2023, ICC CWC 2023 43rd Match, Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune, Saturday 11-11-2023.
Cummins says it looks a good wicket but expects some assistance with this being a morning start. Two changes for Australia – Maxwell and Starc have been rested, with Smith and Abbott coming in for them. Adds Australia still have not played the complete game, and hopes to pick up early wickets today and then chase whatever is on the board.
Shanto says he would have batted first anyway, and mentions they are not worried about winning or losing the toss. Adds that they know what is needed, and that they intend to win this game to finish their campaign on a high. Mustafizur Rahman, Mahedi Hasan and Nasum Ahmed come into the eleven, with Tanzim Hasan Sakib, Shoriful Islam and Shakib missing out.
Toss: Australia chose to field.
Australia team: David Warner, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Josh Inglis (wk), Marcus Stoinis, Sean Abbott, Pat Cummins (c), Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood
Bangladesh team: Litton Das, Tanzid Hasan, Najmul Hossain Shanto (c), Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Towhid Hridoy, Mahedi Hasan, Nasum Ahmed, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman
Head to Head In ODI’s: 20
Australia Won: 19
Bangladesh Won: 1
Australia ODI Rankings: 2nd
Bangladesh ODI Rankings: 8th
(last five completed ODI’s, most recent first)
Match Timings: 5:00 AM GMT | 1:30 AM Local
Umpires – Ahsan Raza, Marais Erasmus
TV Umpire – Richard Illingworth
Match Referee – Andy Pycroft
Reserve Umpire – Richard Kettleborough
Match number – ODI no. 4700
Post Match Presentation
Najmul Hossain Shanto:
(Where things went wrong today) I think for me the two run outs were crucial. The way we started was good but after the two run outs, we lost momentum. If we score 340-350, it could have been different. We did not bowl well in the middle overs (the spinners especially). The fast bowlers bowled well. We need to improve in the middle overs. We did not play our best at the World Cup as a team, in both bowing and batting. Want to look at what we can do better moving forward. Mahmudullah batted really well in the World Cup. Shakib bowled really well in a couple of matches. It is not about individual performances. We will look back at all nine matches and see where we have to improve as a team.
It was great. Great win leading to the semis, chasing a good total. We were not at our sharpest in the first innings. it was a really good wicket. We brought it back to a total that we could chase, not too upset with it. (On selection headaches for the semi-final) Good problems to have. All 15 have played this tournament now and I feel we can pick any one of them. (On Marsh’s innings) Outstanding. I thought it was impressive the way he finished off the innings. The tempo that he played at was sustainable and he is a scary prospect to have in the next week. Seven games in a row, even when we were not at our best in some of those games, we came away with a win. Chasing 300-plus was something we did not do earlier. Feels like everything is clicking together.
Mitchell Marsh, Player of the Match:
It feels great. Obviously nice to chase this total down. Now, onto the semis. (On shifting down to No.3) I sort of knew that when Head came back in, I would go down to 3. Important to play with the same intent, back myself. There were a few games where I lost my intent but good to get it back. You will fail some times but important to get it right more times. (On his family back home) I am sure my Nana and Mum and everyone will be watching at home, and hopefully they will have a smile on their faces.
My grandfather was a great man and we celebrated his life. Nice to be able to perform (for them) and nice to get the win. (On the semi-finals) Can’t wait, mate. It is going to be a ripper. The four best teams are playing in the semis and I cannot wait to get to Kolkata. (On his bowling) Not every day that you get POTM after you concede 50 in four overs (laughs). Started off with -50 when I began batting (smiles). But good to get stuck in.