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Saifuddin, Mosaddek unlikely to play against Australia today

| Updated: June 20, 2019 14:15:52

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Saifuddin (left) and Mosaddek seen in this combo photo Saifuddin (left) and Mosaddek seen in this combo photo

In the all-important clash against Australia today, Bangladesh might miss the service of all-rounders Mohammad Saifuddin and Mosaddek Hossain Saikat - both suffering from injuries.

Saifuddin, a right-arm pacer all-rounder, has been suffering from a back injury he sustained months ago. He had to take painkiller injection before playing the first match of Bangladesh in the World Cup. He played the other matches in the World Cup so far managing the injury.

Saifuddin bagged nine wickets in four matches to top the list of most wicket takers for Bangladesh in this World Cup. If he fails to make the playing XI today, it will be a big blow for the Tigers.

Right-arm pacer Rubel Hossain might be included in the XI as Saifuddin's replacement. Rubel is yet to feature in this World Cup. He has played 97 ODIs for Bangladesh till the date and took 123 wickets with the best figure of six wickets for 26 runs.

Mosaddek, on the other hand, sustained a blow on his right shoulder in the previous match against West Indies that Bangladesh won by seven wickets. He is also doubtful to make the playing XI today, reports news agency UNB.

If Mosaddek fails in the fitness test, he might be replaced by Sabbir Rahman who is yet to play a match in the World Cup. Sabbir played 61 ODIs till date and scored 1,219 with a hundred and five fifties.

Bangladesh have won two matches out of five they have played so far. The Tigers are in dire need to win more matches to confirm a semi-finals berth.

However, defending champions Australia are always a tough opponent for the Tigers. But Bangladesh captain Masrhafe said they are upbeat to upset Australia in today's battle at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.

The match is scheduled to start at 3:30pm (BdST).

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