Tigers eye series win
Poriborton Correspondent 9:57 pm, September 03, 2017
After a historic first Test win motivated Bangladesh embark on a new mission to wrap up series as they face against visiting Australia in the second and final Test scheduled to begin tomorrow (Monday) at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong. The match kicks off at 10 am.
The Tigers already leading the series 1-0 after their remarkable 20-run victory in the first Test in Dhaka and even a draw is enough to enable them to earn a maiden Test series victory against the Aussies. On the other hand, it will be the must win Test for Australia as they have no alternative way but to win against Bangladesh to save the series.
A similar defeat of Dhaka would result Australia tumbling to sixth in the ICC World test rankings.
Bangladesh will most likely keep the same side that prevailed in the first Test in Mirpur, with the only possible change being allrounder Nasir Hossain left out in favour of batsman Mominul Haque, source cricket website.
On the other hand, Seldom has more doubt surrounded the composition of an Australian Test XI, as Khawaja and Wade both find themselves under heavy scrutiny in addition to the place opened up by Hazlewood's side strain. Hilton Cartwright, the just-flown-in O'Keefe and Jackson Bird are all possible inclusions, but the team's final composition will not be known until the toss.
Commenting about Australia, Tigers skipper Mushfiqur Rahim at a pre-match press conference today said: "They (Australia) know they are under pressure. Normally they announce the XI. In this case they haven't announced the XI. But the Australia team are very strong and they will come back hard. We know that. But our boys are also pretty fresh and they are very consistent in Chittagong also. So if we do the right things I think the result will come our way."
Australia captain Steven Smith said: "I hate losing games of cricket. It wasn't a nice end to the game but again I'm confident again this week that we can come out and hopefully play with a good skillset and turn things around. It's important for this group moving forward. We just need to play better cricket for longer and hopefully stay in the contest and get the result we're after."
Bangladesh (probable): 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Soumya Sarkar, 3 Imrul Kayes, 4 Sabbir Rahman, 5 Shakib Al Hasan, 6 Mushfiqur Rahim (captain & wk), 7 Nasir Hossain/Mominul Haque, 8 Mehidy Hasan, 9 Taijul Islam, 10 Shafiul Islam, 11 Mustafizur Rahman.
Australia (probable): 1 David Warner, 2 Matt Renshaw, 3 Steven Smith (captain), 4 Peter Handscomb, 5 Glenn Maxwell, 6 Hilton Cartwright, 7 Matthew Wade (wk), 8 Ashton Agar, 9 Steve O'Keefe, 10 Pat Cummins, 11 Nathan Lyon.
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