Venue Details & Pitch Report - Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune

Average First Innings Score at Pune in ODIs: 304

Batting First vs Batting Second in ODIs at Pune: Win Bat 1st - 54%, Win Bat 2nd - 46% 

AUS-BAN Players in the top 10 leading run-scorers list in ODIs at Pune: None

AUS-BAN Players in the top 10 leading wicket-takers list in ODIs at Pune: None

Ground Dimensions: The venue has straight boundaries (74m) and square boundaries (65m).

Pitch Report: It is considered a paradise for batters with an average first-inning score of over 300. The surface offers some assistance for pace and bounce initially, but a high-scoring match is expected. Additionally, the dew later on in the evening during the second innings can be an advantage for the chasing team.

Predicted Playing XI - Australia vs Bangladesh, Match 43, ICC Cricket World Cup 2023

Australia: David Warner, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Marnus Labuschagne, Glenn Maxwell, Josh Inglis (WK), Marcus Stoinis, Pat Cummins (C), Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood

      Bench: Alex Carey, Sean Abbott, Cameron Green, Steven Smith

Bangladesh: Tanzid Hasan, Litton Das, Najmul Hossain Shanto (C), Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mushfiqur Rahim (WK), Mahmudullah, Towhid Hridoy, Mahedi Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, Tanzim Hasan Sakib

        Bench: Hasan Mahmud, Nasum Ahmed, Shakib Al Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman

Fantasy Notes - Australia vs Bangladesh, Match 43, ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 Prediction

Points to Consider

  • Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan has been ruled out of the World Cup 2023 due to a finger fracture injury. Najmul Hossain Shanto will be captaining in his absence.
  • Litton Das vs Left Arm Pace in Powerplay in ODIs in 2023: Outs - 7, Balls - 122, Avg/SR - 14.5/61. The Bangladesh opener has been vulnerable against this bowling type and he becomes a very risky pick when facing a quality fast bowler like Mitchell Starc. He is selected in over 70% of the teams currently.
  • Mushfiqur Rahim vs Australia in ODIs: Inns - 6, Runs - 239, Avg/SR - 119/91, 50s/100s - 1/1; Not only can he provide fantasy points with his keeping points, he will be expected to play an important role in the absence of Shakib Al Hasan in the middle order. He is selected in only 25% of the teams - making him a good alternative to Litton Das and an excellent differential pick as well.
  • If Steven Smith is given another rest and Marnus Labuschagne plays, he can be a good differential batter at 31% selection especially if Australia bats first as the top 3 has a good chance to score most of the runs while chasing.
  • Similarly, stand-in skipper Najmul Hossain Shanto, who is Bangladesh's top scorer in ODIs in 2023, makes for another differential pick at 31%. He was in poor form throughout the World Cup but his half-century against Sri Lanka in the last match should have given him confidence as the team looks to go out on a high. 
  • If Bangladesh bowls first, consider backing at least one of their pacers as they will bowl in crucial phases where opportunities for wickets are higher. Tanzim Sakib makes for a risky Grand League pick, while Taskin Ahmed and Shoriful Islam are reliable options to try in smaller leagues.

Fantasy XI - Australia vs Bangladesh, Match 43, ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 Prediction

WK: Mushfiqur Rahim

BAT: David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Travis Head, Mahmudullah

AR: Glenn Maxwell, Mehidy Hasan Miraz

BOWL: Adam Zampa, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins

C/VC: David Warner, Mitchell Starc

Differentials: Marnus Labuschagne (31%), Najmul Hossain Shanto (31%), Josh Inglis (16%)

C/VC Alternatives: Adam Zampa, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh

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