Time: March 25, 3:30 AM IST
Venue: Basin Reserve, Wellington
Only Australian batters have dominated at Basin Reserve. It has otherwise been a low-scoring wicket.
Rain is likely to play spoilsport yet again tomorrow at Wellington. Precipitation reads 92% between 6 AM and 9 AM.
Probable XI for Bangladesh: Sharmin Akhter, Murshida Khatun, Fargana Hoque, Nigar Sultana (c & wk), Rumana Ahmed, Ritu Moni, Lata Mondal, Salma Khatun, Nahida Akter, Fahima Khatun, Jahanara Alam
Ellyse Perry has been rested for the game due to the back injury she suffered against South Africa.
Probable XI for Australia: Rachael Haynes, Alyssa Healy (wk), Meg Lanning (c), Beth Mooney, Tahlia McGrath, Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Jess Jonassen, Annabel Sutherland, Alana King, Megan Schutt
We have opted for a fantasy cricket team based on the recent performances, overall impact, and credit points.
Meg Lanning has jumped to the top of the batting charts after her blistering 135* against South Africa. A game before this, she had missed the three-figure mark by a mere 3 runs. Both knocks came in a chase.
Fargana Haque has scored the bulk of the runs for Bangladesh in the tournament. She has scored two fifties in five games – her best knock being the fighting 71 against Pakistan.
It was the first time in six games that Rachael Haynes was not a part of the Ultimate Team on My11Circle, and it took a brilliant catch to dismiss her. She has scored 337 runs at 67, including a hundred and a fifty.
Alyssa Healy goes big or goes nothing, and giving a flying start is her role anyway. The task involves risks. However, picking her in fantasy cricket does not go in vain. She also provides points with her glovework: she has taken three catches and inflicted two stumpings.
Against India, Ritu Moni dismissed three of four top-order batters. Dismissing Mithali Raj for a first-ball duck was the icing on the cake. Given the conditions favour the new-ball bowlers, she will play a key role.
With eight wickets at 24, Alana King is the highest wicket-taker for Australia. The World Cup has highlighted the importance of wrist-spinners, and King has epitomised it.
Tahlia McGrath has scored 57 and 32* in the two innings she has batted. She has also provided fantasy points with the ball (three wickets) and in the field (four catches).
Jahanara Alam has gone wicketless only once in five games. Given she bowls with the new ball and also at the death, her chances of picking wickets is higher.
Salma Khatun is a multi-utility cricketer. In her last three games, she has taken three wickets and scored 66 runs.
Australia and Bangladesh have never met each other in the format. The recent form suggests that Bangladesh will have to play out of their skin even to put up a good fight. If anything, Australia look invincible.