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ICC ODI World Cup 2023: Australia vs. Bangladesh, 43rd Match at Maharashtra Who will win today’s match between AUS vs. BAN?

ICC ODI World Cup 2023: Australia vs Bangladesh 43th Match at Maharashtra. Who will win today’s match between AUS vs BAN?

I. Introduction 

The 43rd match between Australia and Bangladesh in Maharashtra is an exciting contest. While Australia has already qualified for the semifinals, Bangladesh will be playing their last group game. A win in this match holds significance for both sides. Australia will look to maintain their winning momentum heading into the knockout stages. As for Bangladesh, a victory will help them end their campaign on a high note.

II. Australia Squad 

Australia enters the game with their strongest XI. The opening duo of David Warner and Travis Head have consistently scored up top. Mitchell Marsh, Steve Smith, and Glenn Maxwell strengthen the middle order. Captain Pat Cummins leads a pace attack comprising Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, and Marcus Stoinis. Legspinner Adam Zampa controls proceedings with his guile.

III. Bangladesh Squad 

Bangladesh will pin their hopes on Litton Das and Najmul Hossain Shanto to give them a good start. All-rounders Mahmudullah and Mehidy Hasan can chip in with both bat and ball. Veteran Mushfiqur Rahim lends stability to the batting. Fast bowlers Taskin Ahmed and Shoriful Islam have shown they can trouble the best.

IV. Australia's Performance in the Tournament so far 

Australia has dominated their opponents for most of the Tournament. They are currently leading the points table with six wins from 8 games. David Warner (450 runs) and Pat Cummins (15 wickets) have been instrumental in their success. Chasing has been their strong suit, as was seen in their win over India. Mitchell Starc's 5-wicket haul skittled out South Africa as they cruised to another victory.

V. Bangladesh's Performance in the Tournament so far 

In contrast, Bangladesh has had a disappointing campaign till now. While Litton Das (270 runs) and Mehidy Hasan (10 wickets) have impressed, the team has won only two games. Their batting faltered in losses to West Indies and Afghanistan. The bowlers needed more discipline in the thrashing against England. They came close against Sri Lanka but ended up on the losing side. Bangladesh will be playing to avoid finishing last in their group.

VI. Australia's Key Players 

David Warner has led the run charts, consistently playing match-defining knocks. Travis Head (234 runs) has provided solidity as Warner's opening partner. Captain Pat Cummins heads the pace battery with his ability to pick wickets in any phase of the innings. Mitchell Starc is another seasoned campaigner using his variations well. Spinner Adam Zampa (20 wickets) has stifled the opposition with his crafty spin.

VII. Bangladesh's Key Players 

Litton Das (270 runs) has lived up to his billing as Bangladesh's premier batter. But he needs support from others. Spin-bowling all-rounder Mehidy Hasan (10 wickets) is their leading wicket-taker, giving them an edge. Shoriful Islam (9 wickets) can generate pace and has the skill set to trouble Australia. Mushfiqur Rahim's experience and resolve will be tested in this match.

VIII. Match Preview 

Australia has won 11 out of their 12 ODI encounters against Bangladesh. However, Bangladesh gave them a tough fight in 2015 when they almost pulled off a chase of over 300 runs. The surface at this venue aids pacers under overcast conditions. But it tends to flatten out as the day progresses, assisting spinners and batters alike. Dew could make batting easier under lights. Bangladesh will hope to win the toss and chase, but upsetting Australia's rhythm remains a big hurdle.

IX. Predicted Playing 11 for both sides 

Australia: David Warner, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Josh Inglis, Pat Cummins (c), Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood

Bangladesh: Litton Das, Tanzid Hasan, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Shakib Al Hasan, Mosaddek Hossain, Shoriful Islam, Taskin Ahmed, Nasum Ahmed

Both sides are likely to back their in-form players. Australia may not tinker with a winning XI. Bangladesh could replace an out-of-form batter with Mosaddek if needed.

X. Match Prediction 

Although Bangladesh showed a fight in previous meetings, Australia starts as the clear favorite in its current form. Their batting depth and varied bowling attack give them an edge. However, a good start for Bangladesh could turn the game on its head, as was seen versus Pakistan. If Litton Das and Co. fire, a competitive total can trouble Australia. But their well-oiled unit should get over the line unless the Tigers produce special effort. 

Prediction: Australia to win by seven wickets.

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