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CRICKET WORLD CUP: Either team could take a big step towards the Semi-finals with victory here when they clash at Trent Bridge on Thursday. What’s the best bet on BETDAQ?

Australia have eight points from their five games to date and a win will see them go five points ahead of 5th placed Bangladesh with just six points to play for. Bangladesh are only two points off the Semi-Final places and still have favourable fixtures vs Pakistan and Afghanistan to come. Australia are the heavy favourites on the Betdaq Exchange priced 1.16 compared to Afghanistan’s price of 5.0.

Australia have been right up there as one of the top performers at this World Cup. Mitchell Starc (13 wickets) and Pat Cummins (11 wickets) are in the top five wicket takers. Aaron Finch (343 runs) and David Warner (281 runs) are in the top five runs scorers. Finch was outstanding vs Sri Lanka hitting 153 runs. Steve Smith and right-arm bowler Kane Richardson are also having good tournaments. The defending champions are definitely building momentum.

Bangladesh put themselves back into Semi-Final contention with their second win of the tournament vs West Indies on Monday by seven wickets. Just like all previous Bangladesh games, Shakib Al Hasan was their star man. I’m honestly running out of words to describe how important he is to Bangladesh. He got his second century vs West Indies finishing on 124. He got some help on the way as Liton Dias finished on 91. This was the first time a Bangladesh player got over 50 runs apart from Al Hasan. Mohammad Saifuddin and Mustafizur Rahman also played their part in that victory claiming three wickets each.

It will be the first ODI meeting between the sides since the ICC Champions Trophy in 2017 and that game was abandoned. They did square off to each other in a Test Series later that year in Bangladesh that ended 1-1. Bangladesh confidence will be high after Monday but Australia are operating at a different level at the moment the way they are playing. The forecast is for a bright day so I expect the Aussies to move within touching distance of a Semi-Final berth.

Verdict: Australia

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