Why Australia Should Be Very, Very Scared Of Bangladesh Tonight

What, you think this is some sort of deliberately provocative joke? Well here's the thing.

Bangladesh meet Australia in the Cricket World Cup tonight, and the Aussies should be wary because "The Tigers", as they're known, are playing really great cricket right now.

In their first match they put 330 on the board against South Africa. The Saffers never got close.

Bangladesh then lost to England and New Zealand, but pretty much everyone has done that.

And then? Wow. They chased down the West Indies' total of 321 inside 42 overs. Boom!

Al Hasan seems like a chirpy fella, too. (Photo by Harry Trump-IDI/IDI via Getty Images)

That particular run chase should ring great big alarm bells for Australia. It was led by Shakib Al Hasan, the allrounder who made 124 off just 99 balls and who is now leading the tournament for runs scored.

Yes, his 384 runs from just four innings is more than Smith, Warner, Finch, Joe Root, Rohit Sharma and anyone else you can think of.

Al Hasan has tormented Australia before. It was he who top-scored with 84 in the first innings when Bangladesh beat Australia in their only Test victory over us, back in August 2017.

The rest of the Bangladesh team is playing well too. But you know why Australia should really be worried? Because Aaron Finch has lost the last SEVEN coin tosses, that's why.

Not that the coin toss means everything, but still. It'd be nice for Australia to control its own destiny for once, especially in a match like this, against an opponent which is far more dangerous than most think.

And especially because Australia is still not playing that well. Beyond our top two bowlers, we lack penetration. After Glenn Maxwell, our middle order lacks hitting power. This Aussie team is not perfect. But Bangladesh, by their historical standards, is pretty close to it now.