Australia defeated Bangladesh by 27 runs by bowling them out for 114 in 18.4 overs. With this Bangladesh have been eliminated out of this tournament with two defeats and Pakistan can breathe easy as they are through into the Super Eights. Well the pitch played its part - pacy and bouncy and the Aussies were always a mighty force once they got enough on the board!
The Aussie fast bowlers ripped apart the Bangladeshi top order by reducing them to 15 for 4 in the 4th over. Skipper Shakib Al Hasan (28 from 28 balls), Mushfiqur Rahim (24 from 25 balls) showed a semblance of a fightback but the Aussie bowling backed up by the athletic fielding was too much for them. Left arm quick Dirk Nannes made most of his angles by taking 4 for 18 while spinners Steven Smith and David Hussey took two wickets each.
Hero with the bat - Michael Hussey also took three catches in the outfield to go along with his crucial 47 not out.
A superb 74-run stand for the seventh wicket between Michael Hussey and all-rounder Steven Smith rescued Australia from a hopeless position against Bangladesh on what was a pacy and bouncy Kensington Oval Pitch. There was also plenty for the spinners to enjoy. Australia down and out at 65 for 6 in the 13th over raised up like a phoenix to finish at a healthy 141 for 7. That should be enough runs for an attack that consists of three express fast bowlers in Dirk Nannes, Shaun Tait and Ryan Harris! The Bangladeshi batsmen will certainly be facing the chin music by the red hot short pitch bowling.
Michael Hussey coming in as low as no.7 played a crucial knock of 47 not out from 29 balls with 4 fours and a six over deep squareleg. His partner in the rescue act - Steven Smith played handsome shots in his 18-ball 27 that contained two sixes. Bangladesh rattled up Australia for a long time until Mashrafe Mortaza released the pressure by leaking 17 runs in the 17th over.
The news that has just come in is that if Bangladesh can get this target in lesser than 19 overs than Pakistan will be eliminated out of the tournament!!
Toss and Teams
Australia have won the toss and elected to bat first under hot sunny conditions at Bridgetown in Barbados. They are up against Bangladesh who are facing elimination from the tournament having lost their opening match against Pakistan. The pitch at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown has been traditionally fast but for this tournament was talked of being very slow. However with no moisture in the pitch, the ball is expected to come onto the bat with the pitch also looking hard.
The Aussies have made one change with left arm quick Mitchell Johnson not playing because of an infection in his elbow. He has been replaced with right arm fast bowler Ryan Harris. There is a big blow for Bangladesh with opener Tamim Iqbal missing out due to being unfit. Bangladesh have made two changes with Jahurul Islam and Aftab Ahmed coming in for Tamim Iqbal and Suhrawadi Shuvo.
Australia Playing XI : David Warner, Shane Watson, Michael Clarke (C), David Hussey, Cameron White, Michael Hussey, Brad Haddin (WK), Steven Smith, Ryan Harris, Shaun Tait and Dirk Nannes
Bangladesh Playing XI : Imrul Kayes, Mohammad Ashraful, Aftab Ahmed, Shakib Al Hasan (C), Mahmudullah, Mushfiqur Rahim (WK), Naeem Islam, Jahurul Islam, Mashrafe Mortaza, Shafiul Islam and Abdur Razzak