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Clinical Australia starts Super Eight by crushing Bangladesh

Well, the result was easily predictable – it was mighty Australia against the Tiger but the Bangladeshi cricket fraternity dreamt of beating the prestigious side before waking up with the sun even though it’s a holiday. Despite the high expectations, Bangladesh failed to outsmart the well-season Aussie side and faded the hope for the semi-final.

Mitchell Marsh sent Bangladesh to set a target at Antigua. The Bangladeshi top order’s suffering during the initial phase didn’t end as Starc and Hazelwood restricted them well enough and soon enough. Opener Tanzid went out on the third ball of  Starc without adding any run beside his name. Although Liton and Shanto built a 50+ partnership in the third wicket, Liton was too slow with a 25-ball 16, where he also gave 16 dots. Shanto accumulated 41 off 36 balls before Zampa trapped him for lbw on the last ball of the 13th over. Rishad was promoted to 4 to score some quick runs but Maxwell removed him after adding just 2 runs.

Shakib played a lazy innings – struggling to cross even the inner circle often. After spending 10 balls he accumulated just 8 when the team needed some boundaries. Mahmudullah also couldn’t make his innings last longer as he was bowled after the ball hit the stumps after making contact with the bat while trying to pull Cummins. Shak Mahedi attempted to play an upper cut towards third man in the subsequent delivery – giving an easy catch to Zampa. Tawhid played another brilliant knock by hammering 40 off just 28 balls but was caught in the 1stball of the last over and Cummins became the 7th bowler to achieve a hat-trick in the T20 WC.  Taskin played a good cameo in the end by adding 13 off the 7 balls he faced. Bangladesh thus could give the Aussies an easy target of just 141 runs.

Chasing the easy target, the Australian batting line-up – laced with top-of-the-class batters gave Bangladeshi fans no chance to hope for a win. Australia’s iconic opening duo – Head and Warner added 59 runs before the umpired called an end to the powerplay. A slight drizzle covered the ground for a while before Rishad dismissed dangerous Travis Head and the skipper Marsh in the 7th and in the 9th over. However, Warner was looking pretty comfortable and kept sending the ball over the rope. Taskin was out of his shape yet again – conceded 15 runs off his first over and was hammered in the first ball of his second over for another 6. But he wasn’t the only bowler to deem hopeless as the Fizz also finished his second over with a staggering economy rate of 11.50. Rishad topped the bowling lineup with a spell of 3-0-23-2. Mahedi gave 22 runs in his 4 overs while another key bowler Tanzim spent 9 runs off the only over he bowled. As the pouring continued, the Aussies won the match by 28 runs by the DLS method.

Bangladesh will face the number 1 team in the ICC Men’s T20 ranking – India tomorrow at 8:30 PM according to the Bangladeshi standard time. And the Tigers – well they are blue after the strong gut punch and must have to win if they are aiming to play in the semi-finals. However, one thing is for sure – the lack of domestic T20 leagues is the main obstacle on the road to Bangladesh’s progress.

 

OpponentOpponent’s current T20I ranking (BD:09)Starting timeDateResult
Australia0206:30 AM21/06/24Bangladesh lost by 28 runs
India0108:30 PM22/06/24To be played
Afghanistan1006:30 AM25/06/24To be played

 

Points Table:

TeamMat.WonLostPointsNRR
1. Australia1102+2.471
2. India1102+2.350
3. Afghanistan1010-2.350
4. Bangladesh1010-2.471

 

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