ICC Champions Trophy betting (June 5): Toss crucial for Tigers, Aussies

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Updated: June 5, 2017

Barely five miles from the site of Saturday night’s terror outrage on the south banks of the Thames, Australia and Bangladesh will contest the latest group stage match in the ICC Champions Trophy. With rain possible and the wicket likely to favour spinners as the game proceeds, the toss is going to be vital to the chances of this evening’s combatants.

 

ICC Champions Trophy (group A): Australia v Bangladesh
Where: The Oval, London, England
When: Monday, June 5, 10.30pm (AET)
Prices: Australia $1.17, Bangladesh $5.00

Confirmed betting: Bangladesh WIN (one unit) – only if Bangladesh win the toss and bat

TIW says: The nature of this tournament – three round-robin games before the knockout stage – is such that after just one game apiece, this becomes virtual knockout for both Australia and Bangladesh. The latter enter this game after missing out on a decent opportunity to cause an upset in their first game against England. Australia, in captain Steve Smith’s own words, “got away” as rain in Birmingham ensured a no-result against New Zealand. Australia looked rusty in the opening game. They bowled New Zealand out for 291 in 45 overs, but Smith was critical of his bowlers.

Josh Hazlewood was excellent and picked up a six-wicket haul, but Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins were far from consistent enough. However, John Hastings, who has played a lot of county cricket, bagged two wickets and knows English conditions well. In the nine overs that Australia batted, they lost David Warner, Aaron Finch and Moises Henriques before rain bailed them out. Australia were the victims of one of the all-time great upsets when Bangladesh beat them by five wickets in a one-day international in Cardiff in 2005. That’s the only win for the Tigers in 20 outings against the Aussies but they’ll bring plenty of confidence to the table in this day-nighter.

 

It should also be noted that this is the first ODI meeting between these nations dating to April 2011 in Dhaka so there’s precious little recent history to consider. Bangladesh scored their first 300-plus total against the home nation on Thursday and only succumbed to a perfectly-paced run chase steered by Joe Root and Eoin Morgan. There were plenty of positives. Tamim Iqbal (pictured above) was superb for his 128 at The Oval and his partnership of 166 for the third wicket with Mushfiqur Rahim (79) was a highlight of the match. Bangladesh struggle in the bowling department on English surfaces (they win matches on their familiar home decks).

So, big scores are going to be vital to their chances of progressing to the knockout stage. Saturday’s game between South Africa and Sri Lanka saw slightly fewer runs than in recent times at The Oval as it was played on a re-laid track. Australia and Bangladesh will play on the same pitch, which means it could assist some spin, which might cause Bangladesh to switch to playing five bowlers instead of the extra batsman it opted for in the first game, while Australia could give Adam Zampa a go instead of one of the faster bowlers.

 

 

• Selections are listed in three categories – 1) Suggested (likely bet but yet to be finalised); 2) Confirmed (locked in at the price listed); and 3) Leans (tips, but not recommended bets); all times quoted are Australian Eastern Time (AET); prices with thanks to bet365 (except where markets are not available), correct at time of publication. Results/comments on today’s games will follow in the next post.

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