Australia are one of the two teams chasing the second semi-finals spot from Group 1 behind England. They currently sit in third place below the league leaders and South Africa but can bridge the gap tomorrow.
While a win over Bangladesh will bring them level on points with the Proteas, it may still not be enough to put them in second place just yet, as their run rate (-0.627) is inferior to South Africa’s 0.742.
The Aussies’ chase of the second spot says a lot about their campaign where they have largely been forgotten amid Pakistan’s crazy run in Group 2 and England’s demolition jobs in their own group.
Last time out, the five-time ODI champions were beaten in the T20I version of the Ashes. An insipid batting performance was the root cause of their eight-wicket defeat.
Bangladesh have been as abysmal as anyone in the main round of the World Cup, so far losing more matches (4) than everyone else.
Their campaign has been over for quite some time and now they’re just going through the motions.
In their last game, they got absolutely annihilated by South Africa, who bundled them out for a mere 84 and earned a six-wicket win.
The Tigers, tamed and maimed, now have the option to either try out new talent in the last game they’ve left or go for an upset, which they know isn’t likely.