Bangladesh vs Australia

Match info: ICC World Twenty20 at Shere Bangla National Stadium - Group 2

Date: 1st Apr 2014 Umpires: H D P K Dharmasena and M Erasmus

20-over match

Home team and score Away team score

Bangladesh

153/5 (20.0 Overs)

Result

Australia

158/3 (17.3 Overs)

Australia win by 7 wickets

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  • Australia won by seven wickets

    So, Australia will go home with a win after all. Their openers set up this win with a stand of 98 in 11.2 overs, and Finch went on to a buccaneering 71 from 45 deliveries to put the result beyond doubt. Bangladesh's fans, on the other hand, suffer yet more disappointment. They'll have had high hopes that their team could make the most of home conditions, but that's not been the case. After this dead rubber, the next match is rather more important in the context of the tournament. Pakistan take on West Indies in a battle for the last semi-final slot. Do stick with us for that game!
  • Over 17.3 - Aus 158/3 (White 18, Bailey 11)

    There it is! Australia secure a consolation win. Their batting hasn't clicked in this tournament, but they had enough firepower to get past Bangladesh today. Captain George Bailey ends the match with a chip over mid-on and a slug for six over wide long-off.
  • Over 17 - Aus 148/3 (White 18, Bailey 1)

    WICKET! Taskin bowls Maxwell with a dipping full toss! Well played, lad. He's worked hard today, and his first international wicket is a big one. Maxwell had creamed the previous ball through midwicket's hands for four, but he seemed to just lose sight of this one. A consolation wicket for Taskin, who finishes with figures of 4-0-24-1.
  • Over 16 - Aus 143/2 (White 18, Maxwell 1)

    WICKET! Finch departs after putting together what is almost certainly a match-winning knock. Al-Amin beat him in the flight with a slower leg-cutter, Finch slicing underneath the ball. It still took a good catch to get rid of him, Nasir running in and then diving forward to hold onto it. This is, of course, all too late for Bangladesh, and White gets Australia a little closer with a cracking four off a slower ball to end the over.
  • Over 15 - Aus 135/1 (Finch 71, White 11)

    Finch hurries a little more quickly towards an Australian victory as Mominul comes on to twirl down his left-arm spin. A short ball is bludgeoned up and over cover, and Finch then got right underneath one to lift his fourth six over extra cover.
  • Over 14 - Aus 121/1 (Finch 59, White 9)

    Australia need under a run a ball now, and they can just knock the ball around for ones and twos if they so please. Things may not get that subdued, but there's no semblance of risk-taking in this over from Razzak, just smart placement.
  • Over 13 - Aus 117/1 (Finch 57, White 7)

    Taskin Ahmed started his international career with two probing overs, but his third is a little wild and woolly. He's clearly straining hard to find the wicket-taking delivery that will bring his side back into the game and pushes the ball through at speeds of up to 143kph, but his lines and lengths are all over the place and Finch collects a drilled boundary through cover off a full toss - bringing up his fifty - and another clubbed to midwicket. White slams a pull in the same area, and 14 runs flow from the over.
  • Over 12 - Aus 103/1 (Finch 48, White 3)

    WICKET! Finally, some relief for Bangladesh. Al-Amin Hossain comes back into the attack and sprints in, round the wicket, to Warner. The left-hander rocks back to pull, but the ball - which keeps, perhaps, just a touch low - zips past his bat to disturb the stumps. Al-Amin doesn't hold back in his celebrations, giving Warner an earful as he charges past. Well, if you give it out you get it back. Can Bangladesh somehow claw their way back into this match?
  • Over 11 - Aus 97/0 (Warner 48, Finch 46)

    Bangladesh should have had a wicket in this over! Finch started well by biffing yet another six off Gazi, over midwicket, but then got a clear edge as he went back and tried to cut. Somehow, Umpire Dharmasena didn't seem to notice that. Just to rub it in, Finch smashes a four off the very next delivery, and David Warner - always the consummate gentleman - sees fit to get up in Mushfiqur's grille with some choice words at the end of the over. A little unnecessary, no?
  • Over 10 - Aus 85/0 (Warner 47, Finch 35)

    Back-to-back sixes for Warner! Mushfiqur swapped Razzak for Shakib, but it makes no difference to Warner. He's going to go after the left-arm spin. His first maximum comes from the favoured slog-sweep, and he dances out at the very next delivery and lifts it off his leg for six more. Australia are cruising now.
  • Over 9 - Aus 71/0 (Finch 34, Warner 34)

    Another characterful over from young Taskin. He beats Finch outside off with consecutive deliveries to start the over, despite each ball inviting a cut. Pace and bounce meant Finch couldn't get anything on them, but Taskin should consider himself a touch lucky as he was serving up deliveries to the batsman's strength. He ends the over with an emotive lbw appeal against Warner, but Umpire Dharmasena reckons the ball pitched outside leg stump. This has been a tenacious, but luckless spell so far.
  • Over 8 - Aus 68/0 (Finch 32, Warner 33)

    Abdur Razzak replaces Shakib, and his very first delivery is blasted into the stands by Warner, the nuggety left-hander swinging his arms through a slog sweep. Warner adds four more with a paddle-pull to fine leg, and Bangladesh are left searching for answers as 12 runs come from the over.
  • Over 7 - Aus 56/0 (Finch 32, Warner 21)

    Taskin Ahmed's first delivery in international cricket is a great one, rising up outside off stump to beat Aaron Finch's outside edge at 135kph. Indeed, the entire over a solid one, a clearly pumped-up bowler steaming in and targeting the stumps to keep the batsmen to four singles. He even manages to push the speedometer up to 140kph. Not bad for an 18 year old.
  • Over 6 - Aus 52/0 (Finch 30, Warner 21)

    Finch takes Shakib on, and the runs continue to flow for Australia! The first boundary of the over comes courtesy of a muscly thump off the back foot, while the second is fortuitous, Finch advancing at the bowler and inside-edging a drive past his stumps and down to fine leg. There's nothing at all wrong with the third: a languorous loft over extra cover for six. The fifty's up for Australia, and Bangladesh are desperate for a wicket.
  • Over 5 - Aus 36/0 (Warner 20, Finch 15)

    Warner is going to have some fun before he leaves Bangladesh. He repeatedly switches his stance to Gazi, effectively changing from a left-hander to a right-hander, and gathers a boundary with each combination. Right-handed Warner lifts a sweep up and over fine leg, while the left-handed version rocks back to thump a spinning delivery through cover.
  • Over 4 - Aus 27/0 (Finch 15, Warner 11)

    Shakib enters the fray, and immediately there's all sorts going on. Mushy squeals 'catch!' as Warner flicks uppishly to leg, but the shot is well placed and brings four. A little later in the over, Shakib spears a flat, fast arm ball past Warner's poking sweep, the ball bursting off the surface to strike Mushfiqur on the chest. Just for a moment, it seemed he'd missed a stumping chance, but Warner's back foot was in fact safely grounded. The over ends with a leading edge that sends the ball high into the air ... but it falls safely in no-man's land in the deep. Eventful!
  • Over 3 - Aus 21/0 (Finch 14, Warner 6)

    Sohag Gazi continues, and his second over is far superior to his first. He tosses the ball up on a naggingly accurate length, and Finch and Warner can manage just three singles between them.
  • Over 2 - Aus 18/0 (Finch 12, Warner 5)

    Al-Amin Hossain shares the early duties for Bangladesh, sprinting to the crease at full tilt and flinging his hands in the air through his Ntini-esque action. Though he's got some nip, that's worth very little if one bowls short and wide, and Warner is off the mark with a crunching cut through cover point. That error aside, it's a reasonably good opening over for Hossain.
  • Over 1 - Aus 11/0 (Finch 11, Warner 0)

    Offspinner Sohag Gazi begins Bangladesh's defense. There doesn't appear to be a great deal of purchase for him in the surface, though there's appreciable bounce. Finch uses the bounce to his advantage, however, rocking back to hammer a pull through square leg and then swinging his hands through the line to pick up six beyond wide long on. Ah, and there was actually a pretty slick one-handed catch in the crowd off that stroke.
  • Australia need 154 to win

    This was the Shakib and Mushfiqur show, as it often is for Bangladesh. Every other batsman struggled against Australia's pace, but these two combined in superb fashion to add 112 for the third wicket. They may have given their team enough runs to challenge the Australians, though one would suggest that their 153 for 5 is just about par on this surface. Australia's task in the chase will be a very different one: they'll have to contend with a battery of Bangladeshi spinners. Join us in 10 minutes or so for the resumption.

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