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.

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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.

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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.

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