Former England skipper Kevin Pietersen has taken a sly dig at Australia after they conceded more than 300 runs against Bangladesh on Thursday. The legendary batsman also undermined Bangladesh’s ability despite their consistent good performances. Australia beat Bangladesh by 48 runs in a high-scoring encounter at Trent Bridge.
In-form David Warner starred with the bat, scoring 166 to push Australia to 381 for 5 – their second-highest World Cup score. Warner and Aaron Finch gave Australia a solid start by adding 121 runs for the first wicket. Warner and Usman Khawaja then stitched together a partnership of 198 runs to make the most of the early platform.
Glenn Maxwell and others then played fine cameos to take the score to 381. In reply, Bangladesh battled hard, with Mushfiqur Rahim (102no) scoring an unbeaten hundred. Bangladesh registered their highest ever ODI total, 333-8, but it came in vain as the target was just too big to chase down. With the latest defeat, Bangladesh’s hopes of making it to the semifinal have taken a big hit.
Kevin Pietersen, nonetheless, used the opportunity to mock Australia because of their failure to restrict Bangladesh to a lower total. He took to Twitter to state that if Bangladesh can score 333 against Australia then England would score more than 400 against them. Not only that, Pietersen also said that the defending champions should leave the World Cup and start preparing for the upcoming Ashes.
“Bangladesh got 333 versus Australia yesterday which means England will get over 400 against them, therefore cancelling out their chances. Aussies should just hop on Qantas already and go prep for The Ashes,” wrote Kevin Pietersen.
Bangladesh got 333 versus Australia yesterday which means England will get over 400 against them, therefore cancelling out their chances.
Aussies should just hop on Qantas already and go prep for The Ashes.
— Kevin Pietersen? (@KP24) June 21, 2019
Australia, meanwhile, have moved to the top of the points table after registering their fifth win in six games at the World Cup. Bangladesh, on the other hand are reeling at fifth spot with just two wins from six games.