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Hussey, Nannes lead Aussies into Super 8

Barbados: Michael Hussey struck a sparkling 47 not out and Dirk Nannes took four wickets to help Australia beat Bangladesh by 27 runs and qualify for the Super Eight stage of the Twenty20 World Cup.

The one-day world champions were struggling at 65 for six after fine bowling and fielding from Bangladesh with two wickets apiece for Mashrafe Mortaza and Shakib Al Hasan.

Bangladesh, who have lost their last 12 matches in the shortest format of the game, were unable to make the most of that outstanding start and were eliminated from the tournament.

Hussey and Steven Smith added a vital 74 runs in seven overs to lift the Aussies to 141 for seven.

Bangladesh knew they had to win with a swift run-rate to qualify for the next stage ahead of Pakistan but they were never really in the running after slumping to 15 for four.

Skipper Shakib Al Hasan provided resistance with a spirited 28 from as many balls before he was caught superbly by Hussey at full stretch on the boundary.

Hussey also caught Mushfiqur Rahim, who had batted with character, off the bowling of his brother David and Bangladesh were bowled out for 114.

Bureau Report

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