Meg Lanning has ton the toss, Australia are batting


Welcome to the second fixture in this Group A double header, with Australia taking on Bangladesh, the lowest seed in this group. The situaton for the host nation remains just as it did when they turned out to play Sri Lanka on Monday: they have to win every game from here to clear this stage, reach the finals and defend the trophy. That’s the penalty they carry for losing to India on Friday. With India just now getting over the line against the Black Caps, this equation remains.

It was far from the most convincing display when they did get off the mark at the Waca, reduced to 10/3 in pursuit of 123. Enter Rachael Haynes and Meg Lanning, who systematically went about finishing the job after the worrying wobble. There’s no need to panic though: they are the best team in the world for a reason.

As for Bangladesh, in their one an only outing so far they gave India a decent shove before falling 18 runs short in their chase of 142. Their plan of attack will be simple: to turn the game, somehow, into a low-scoring scrap. The main issue with that approach is that is rarely the experience at Manuka Oval’s batting paradise.



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