World Twenty20: Australia vs Bangladesh - As it happened...
Zee Media Bureau/Chaitan Papnai
Australia won by seven wickets with 15 balls left
Over 17.3 || Score 158/3
Goerge Bailey, who just arrived in the centre after the fall of Maxwell, carted a four and six off successive deliveries to complete the chase.
That's one comprehensive win for the Aussies.
Over 17 || Score 148/3
Taskin got his first T20 wicket off a full-toss delivery in his last over, in the second ball. Maxwell tried to heave the ball but his cross-batted shot failed to make contact and his stumps disturbed. Good outing for the debutante, completed his quota conceding 24 runs and a wicket in return.
Glenn Maxwell b Taskin Ahmed 5 (3b)
Australia required another six runs to win the match.
Over 16 || Score 143/2
Al Amin struck for the second time today. Removed Finch in the first ball of his third over. It was his tenth wicket in this tournament, making him the most successful of the Bangladesh bowlers.
Aaron Finch c Nasir Hossain b Al-Amin Hossain 71 (45b)
Despite the fall of Finch's wicket, Aussies have reached the winning position as they need another 11 runs.
In the 15th over, the Aussies added 14 runs, thanks to a six and a four off Mominul Haque.
Over 14 || Score 121/1
A relatively better over for the fielding team as Abdur Razzak returned for his second over giving away only four runs.
With another six overs left in play, Australia now need only 33 runs from 36 balls. Good position for the Aussies.
Over 13 || Score 117/1
Aaron Finch reached his fifty off the first ball of the over, with an exhilarating drive through the covers for a four. He took 35 balls to reached the mini-milestone, second one for him in this tournament.
After a superb couple of overs, Taskin found it hard this time as Finch followed up with another four off the third delivery, then White joined the hunt with a four as the rookie bowler failed to control the length – resulting in a four.
Over 12 || Score 103/1
Finally a wicket for the home crowd. Al-Amin Hossain delivered for Bangladesh.
David Warner got out trying to play a non-existent shot off a good length ball only to find his stumps castled.
Warner needed another two runs to complete his fifty. What a miss.
David Warner b Al-Amin Hossain 48 (35b)
And arrived in the centre is Cameron White, hoping to see through the target.
Over 11 || Score 97/0
Bangladesh, still without a breakthrough, looked desperate for a wicket. But there's none. An appeal did happened – for a caught behind, as Finch seemed to have edged the fourth ball from Gazi's final over.
But instead, the over proved a good one for the batting side as 12 runs were added to the total.
Over 10 || Score 85/0
Another huge over for Australia. It seems Shakib has been chosen for some special treatment. His three overs leaked 36 runs, of which 14 were from the third over.
Warner hammered two successive sixes off the second and the third deliveries as Shakib coped for answers.
Over 9 || Score 71/0
Taskin continued his good form with a three-run over. Bowling at over 137kph speed, and sometimes touching 140kph, the young bowler certainly knows how to extract life out of the pitch.
For the batting team, 83 more runs required from 11 overs.
Over 8 || Score 68/0
In contrast, the experienced hand of Abdur Razzak could only afford to look miserably out of wits as his first over leaked 12 runs.
This time, Warner came in the fore as the diminutive opener welcomed Razzak with a huge six over the square leg boundary. Then he followed up it with a four two balls later.
Both the batsmen have crossed their 30s as the target continues to become smaller and smaller.
Over 7 || Score 54/0
Debutante Taskin Ahmed started off with an impressive over, conceding only four runs, of which half were extras – leg byes.
The 18-year-old right-arm fast medium bowler looked calm and seemed to have impressed everyone with the huge crowd cheering on for him.
Over 6 || Score 52/0
A huge over for Aussies as Finch mauled Shakib. It resulted 16 runs thanks to two boundaries and big six.
Now the target has been reduced to 100 odd runs from another 14 runs.
Over 5 || Score 36/0
Another good over for the batting side. Nine runs arrived as Gazi struggled to keep in a good line and length.
Warner swept the first ball towards the third man area for a four, then three balls later, another boundary followed as the same batsman dispatched one through the covers.
Over 4 || Score 27/0
Shakib Al Hasan almost provided a breakthrough in his first over. But the skier from Warner – in the last delivery of the over, proved difficult enough a catch for Anamul.
The over leaked six more runs, including a four in the second delivery by Warner.
Over 3 || Score 21/0
A great second over from Gazi, gave away only three runs. The off-break bowler managed to contain the dangerous pair of Finch and Warner.
The target for Australia: 133 from 17 runs.
Over 2 || Score 18/0
Al-Amin Hossain shared the new ball with Gazi, and Finch took a single off the first ball, which allowed David Warner his first strike. It took only two balls for the explosive Aussie opener to find the boundary. Warner smacked a widish delivery towards the point boundary, for a four.
With two singles off the last two balls, the over yielded seven runs for the batting team.
Over 1 || Score 11/0
Aaron Finch started the chase with a dot ball – played defensively off a straight delivery, then another dot followed. But the second ball produced a boundary – pulled towards square leg boundary.
It was followed by a huge six – over the mid-wicket boundary, off the fifth delivery to provide a flying start to the Aussie innings.
A below par opening over from Sohag Gazi.
Over 20 || Score 153/5
The final two overs yielded 18 runs for the batting team and the target for the Aussies will be 154.
Mitchell Starc got a wicket, his only today, as Nasir Hossain was bowled by a fast delivery off the final delivery.
All in all, it has been a good batting display by the hosts, considering they were 2-12 in the fourth over.
Nasir Hossain b Mitchell Starc 14 (10b)
Over 18 || Score 135/4
Shakib followed Rahim towards the pavilion as Maxwell took a wonderful catch at deep mid-wicket off Bollinger. Shakib scored 66 off 52 balls before getting out. The run-rate has certainly dipped a bit after the fall of Rahim's wicket. Six came from this over.
Shakib Al Hasan c Maxwell b Bollinger 66 (52b)
Over 17 || Score 129/3
Mushfiqur Rahim's excellent knock came to an end as he tried to launch Watson for a six over cow corner but couldn't manage to clear the fence and gave a simple catch to Maxwell. He missed his fifty by three runs. Good over for Australia as only six runs came from the it.
Mushfiqur Rahim c Maxwell b Watson 47 (36b)
Over 16 || Score 123/2
Starc comparatively bowled a good over as he conceded mere seven from it. He didn't gave any lose delivery to give a chance to batsmen to open their arms.
Over 15 || Score 116/2
Christian gave mere four runs in first five balls but then Mushfiqur Rahim smashed a cracking boundary off him to collect eight from the over. From here on the home team will be eyeing a total of around 160. Meanhile, they have completed a hundred run partnership for the third wicket.
Over 14 || Score 108/2
In the last two overs Shakib and Rahim added 18 runs. Meanwhile, Bangladesh have crossed the mark of 100 runs. Shakib too completed his fifty in mere 40 balls, laced with four boundaries and two sixes.
Over 12 || Score 88/2
At the moment Aussie bowlers are looking totally off colour. Both the batsmen have started scoring boundaries at will. Shakib is just three runs shy of his fifty, whereas Rahim has also reached to 28 in mere 20 balls with the help of three fours and a six.
Over 10 || Score 68/2
Shakib Al Hasan and skipper Mushfiqur Rahim, in the middle, are playing aggressive cricket. Though Bangladesh lost two quick wickets early on but these two get the home side back on track. Both are scoring boundaries every now and then. Australian bowlers are finding it difficult to contain them at the moment.
Over 7 || Score 43/2
Off spinner Glenn Maxwell has been given the ball in the seventh over. And both the batsmen in the middle collected a boundary apiece in the over. Another good over for the home team as the bowler conceded eleven runs.
Over 6 || Score 32/2
Shane Watson has been introduced into the attack in the sixth over and Shakib Al Hasan welcomed him with a six over long-on boundary. Costly over for Australia as 11 runs came from it.
Over 5 || Score 21/2
In the last two overs Bangladesh lost another wicket in the form of Tamim Iqbal. This time too Coulter-Nile was the bowler who scalped his second wicket. Tamim played an irresponsible shot and gave a simple catch to Bollinger at mid-off. He got out after scoring five runs. Shakib Al Hasan and skipper Mushfiqur Rahim are in the middle at the moment. In the fifth over Shakib Al Hasan smashed a six off Bollinger over mid-wicket.
Tamim Iqbal c Bollinger b Coulter-Nile 5 (11b)
Over 3 || Score 12/1
In his second over Starc's leaked eight runs. His first ball was a wide and in the last two balls he gave seven runs. New batsman to the crease, Shakib Al Hasan smashed a cracking boundary off his last ball.
Over 2 || Score 4/1
Nathan Coulter-Nile is sharing the new ball with Starc. And he gave Australia their first breakthrough in the form of Anamul Haque. The opener gave a simple catch at first slip to Watson as he got out for a six-ball duck. Three runs came from the over.
Anamul Haque c Watson b Coulter-Nile 0 (6b)
Over 1 || Score 1/0
Starc started off well for Australia as he bowled a fine first over. One run came from it, that too from the bat of Tamim Iqbal.
Mitchell Starc will start the bowling proceedings for Australia, whereas Tamim Iqbal and Anamul Haque are in the middle to open the innings for the home team Bangladesh.
Bangladesh have won the toss and elected to bat first.
First match of the day is between Australia and Bangladesh, which is a dead rubber as both the teams are already out of the race for the semi-final spot. So both the teams will play for pride in their last match of the tournament.
The fifth-edition of the World Twenty20 is certainly a forgettable tournament for both the teams. Even after their three matches, Australia are still hunting for their maiden win in the tournament. On the other hand, the host national Bangladesh too have lost three matches on the trot.
In Today`s game, if Bangladesh will try to give some solace to their supporters by beating Australia, then, the Aussies too will try to end their poor campaign on a winning note.
Though Australia are favourites to win the match, considering the fact that Bangladesh are playing at their home, the fight is quite stiff. In shortest format of the game it`s just a matter of a good or bad over. So one thing is sure that it`s going to be a good contest between bat and ball.