Australia Cricket Team have scripted another win to go at the top of the points table beating Bangladesh by 48 runs at the Trent Bridge in Nottingham. Although Bangladesh have lost the game, what was heartening to see the fight they have put till the end of the match.
Australia marches to the top
Chasing a stiff target of 382 runs, Soumya Sarkar’s poor form with the bat continues as he departs early. But in-form Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal led the revival stitching a good partnership. They added 79 runs for the second wicket before Marcus Stoinis picked the most prized wicket of Shakib Al Hasan after a well made 41-run knock. The dismissal of Shakib triggered another one as Tamim Iqbal edged one to his stump to give Mitchell Starc his 14th victim of the World Cup.
Liton Das also followed the pack soon, but Bangladesh were not ready to give up easily. Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah shared a fearless partnership keeping up with the required run-rate. They played their shots at will and added 127 runs to keep Bangladesh in the hunt. But Australia bounced back with two back to back wickets from Nathan Coulter-Nile to rule out any shocking result. Mushfiqur reached an outstanding century, but it was not enough to take Bangladesh home as they fell behind by 48 runs. The Tigers will take a lot of confidence from this game for the matches to follow.
Previously, a century from David Warner while two fifties from Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja coupled with Glenn Maxwell’s late blitz powered Australia to post 381 runs at the end of 50 overs. Skipper Finch and Warner gave a perfect start after winning the toss. They added 121 runs within 21 overs before Finch got out to set the platform for the batsmen to follow. The dismissal didn’t matter much as Warner made the most of the reprieves to hurt the Bangladesh team.
He, along with Usman Khawaja, scored 192 runs for the second wicket to march towards a massive target. David Warner brought his second hundred of the World Cup and 16th of his career to lead Australia from the front. Warner departed in the 45th over scoring 166 runs to give Soumya Sarkar his second victim. Glenn Maxwell played a little cameo scoring 31 off just ten balls to help the Aussies post a challenging total on the board.
Small in size, giant in deed #MushfiqurRahim
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) June 20, 2019
Even though they probably going to lose this one well done Bangladesh 🇧🇩👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 really played some very good cricket most tournament 👍🏼 established players made some big impacts but really showed great fight as a group 👌🏼 @BCBtigers
— Robin John Peterson (@robbie13flair) June 20, 2019
Incredible stuff from Bangladesh. They might end up on losing against Aussies, but their fighting spirit speaks volumes about their gameplan. There is certainly a lesson for teams like South Africa & Pakistan that how they should've had gone on to execute their plans at least.
— Tahir Ibn Manzoor (@TahirIbnManzoor) June 20, 2019
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) June 20, 2019
Target beyond them, but full marks to Bangladesh for never-say-die spirit. Not intimidated total to chase or bowling strength of opponent
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) June 20, 2019
Had Bangladesh's bowling been a little better then the would have qualified for top 4 for sure. They r playing one of the best cricket in their history. (batting wise).#AUSvBAN
— Suraj Kumar Jhunjhunu Wala (@JhunjhunuSuraj) June 20, 2019
Adam Zampa a lot quicker today, don't need to look at the speed gun, just the field placements. A genuine fine leg in place for Iqbal, easy pickings over square leg for the left hand bat!#CWC19 #cricket
— Brad Hogg (@Brad_Hogg) June 20, 2019
Bangladesh still keeping pace with Australia after 35 overs. Not sure they have the finishing kick. But what fun it will be if they get a move on.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) June 20, 2019
Not happening today mate……. https://t.co/dK6CQXF3lQ
— Darren Lehmann (@darren_lehmann) June 20, 2019
— akash srivastava (@akashspn) June 20, 2019
It's 99.9% chance that Bangladesh will lose today but one thing every team should learn from them: How to put up a strong fight and never give up. 👍🏻
They had proved it in their match against West Indies as well! #Tigers#Fighters#AUSvBAN
— Archana Mishra (@Archana_Mishra7) June 20, 2019
— Vinay RKM (@vinzalwayz) June 20, 2019
Extremely amazing play by @BCBtigers – love their spirit & they are improving so well. Win or loss, they fight until the end & are one team to look out for. had Mahmadullah stayed, would have been a twisty end #AUSvBAN
— ᐺﾉり (@VIDtweetshere) June 20, 2019
— ShireenKoul (@ShireenKoul) June 20, 2019
Whatever the outcome might be, this fight by Bangladesh deserves nothing but respect and applause. #AUSvBAN
— A (@ASK__writes) June 20, 2019