Aussies crush Bangladesh

Lee, Hayden and Gilchrist star in one-sided affair in Cape Town

By Simon Dilger   Last updated: 17th September 2007   Subscribe to RSS Feed

Aussies crush Bangladesh

Hayden: Devastating

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Australia bludgeoned Bangladesh into submission to win their Super Eight clash by nine wickets in Cape Town on Sunday.

Brett Lee claimed the first ever International Twenty20 hat-trick, while opening pair Mathew Hayden and Adam Gilchrist put on a devastating display of hitting to give Australia victory with over six overs to spare.

A commanding performance in the field limited Bangladesh to just 123 runs - a target that never troubled the Aussies.

Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden put on 106 for the first wicket, with Gilchrist firing 43 from 28 balls before he was run out in the 12th over.

Hayden went on to blast 73 not out from 48 balls including nine fours and three sixes.

Cautious

Bangladesh were disappointing, with a normally aggressive batting attack, known for its contempt for top class opposition, appearing cautious and negative.

The Bangladesh batsmen were stifled further by tight fielding and an accurate and aggressive Australian bowling line-up.

Lee claimed a hat-trick, even though he did leak 27 runs from four overs, while Nathan Bracken gave away just 14 runs for two wickets from his three overs.

In the field Bangladesh were not much better as Syed Rasel and Alok Kapali went for 25 and 23 respectively from their two overs each.

With two required from 38 balls, Ricky Ponting hit the winning runs in what was little more than a stroll in the park for the Australians.

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