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Australia gunning for comeback

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(AFP) Australia will be determined to demolish underdogs Bangladesh in their World Twenty20 clash on Monday, to secure their first points in the group stages and increase their chances of reaching the semi-finals.

Ceylontoday, 2016-03-21 02:00:00
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Australia gunning for comeback

(AFP) Australia will be determined to demolish underdogs Bangladesh in their World Twenty20 clash on Monday, to secure their first points in the group stages and increase their chances of reaching the semi-finals.


Steve Smith's side lost a thriller to New Zealand on Friday in a big blow to their hopes of winning a T20 Trophy that has so far proved elusive. Australia also face Pakistan and then title favourites and T20 world number one India in Group 2 - and will likely need to overcome both to qualify for the semis.


Although Australia top the Test Rankings and won their fifth 50-over World Cup last year, they have struggled in the shortest form of the game. They have only made the World T20 Final once, in 2010, when they lost to England.
Their chances were given a boost after the ICC announced on Saturday it was suspending Bangladesh's Arafat Sunny and Taskin Ahmed from bowling due to illegal actions.


Bangladesh need a victory if they are to have any hope of making the semi-finals, after being demolished by Pakistan in their first group stage match.
All-rounder Shakib al Hasan and star batsman Tamin Iqbal were bright spots for Bangladesh in that match, scoring an unbeaten 50 and 24 respectively.


But Bangladesh, ranked 10th, have a rotten record in the World T20 - despite their recent improvements in 50-over cricket - and have not beaten Australia in any of their three previous World T20 clashes.

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