Captain Clarke slays Tigers
Michael Clarke marked his first match as permanent captain with a century as Australia eased to victory over Bangladesh.
Last Updated: 09/04/11 1:28pm
Michael Clarke marked his first match as permanent captain with a century, as Australia eased to a 60-run victory over Bangladesh in the opening one-day international in Mirpur.
Clarke struck a composed 101 - his sixth ODI century - to guide the Aussies up to 270-7 batting first on a slow track at the Shere Bangla National Stadium.
The Tigers never threatened in reply, labouring to 210-5 to ensure the tourists drew first blood in the best-of-three series.
Opener Tamim Iqbal (62) and captain Shakib Al-Hasan (51) both recorded half-centuries, however they did so with a lack of urgency, and paid the price.
Clarke, who was confirmed as Ricky Ponting's replacement at the end of last month, reached his century off 110 deliveries, an innings including six boundaries and two sixes.
He reached his century with a maximum off Mashrafe Mortaza before being out off the same bowler from the next delivery.
Shane Watson was Australia's next highest scorer with 37 while Suhrawadi Shuvo was the most potent of the Bangladesh bowlers, finishing with 3-44.
Bangladesh won the toss and put Australia into bat, a decision which paid off when they removed Brad Haddin for just 10 in the fourth over.
The aggressive wicketkeeper-batsman was deceived by Mortaza's well-disguised slower delivery and the ball clattered into middle stump.
Haddin was replaced by Ricky Ponting and he produced some vintage shots, including a six lofted over long-on off Shuvo, before being run out.
However, he cut a disgruntled figure moments later when a horrible mix-up with Watson left the Tasmanian well short of his ground when Shuvo took off the bails at the bowler's end.
Ponting and Watson had put on 65 with the former hitting five fours and one six in his 34 off 31 deliveries.
Clarke then came to the crease and displayed plenty of attacking intent early in his innings, pulling Shakib powerfully for a boundary.
But Watson yet again failed to build on a promising start, falling lbw to Abdur Razzak for 37.
Cameron White and Clarke kept the scoreboard ticking over and the pair put on 48 before the former was caught by Imrul Kayes for 20 off 50 deliveries.
Australia were 138-4 when Clarke was joined by Mike Hussey and the pair steered the tourists to 222 before the latter became Shuvo's second victim.
Hussey hoiked the ball to long off where Mahmudullah took a simple catch, the Western Australian out for 33.
Left-arm spinner Shuvo quickly struck again with just three more runs on the board, bowling Steven Smith for one to leave the visitors on 225-6 after 46 overs.
However Clarke continued his fine innings and brought up his century with a huge six off Mortaza's short delivery over deep midwicket.
Australia then made a dream start with the ball, reducing their hosts to 9-2 as Brett Lee removed Imrul Kayes and Mitchell Johnson snared Shahriar Nafees lbw first ball.
The hosts were wobbling but Tamim and Raqibul Hasan brought some stability, adding 40 before the latter was removed for seven off the bowling of John Hastings.
Watson, second top-scorer for Australia, produced a diving catch to his left at short extra cover from Raqibul's drive to leave Bangladesh on 49-3.
The onus was now on Tamim and Shakib to steer the hosts and the pair shared a stand of 67 before the former was out, only managing to pick out Smith on the midwicket boundary.
With the hosts ticking along nicely, Shakib reached his half-century before charging down the wicket to a Smith delivery which he got under and hoisted into the air, for Watson to take an easy second catch of the day.
Shakib made 51 off 90 deliveries with just three boundaries. Mushfiqur Rahim finished 45 not out and shared in an unbroken stand of 61 at better than a run a ball with Mahmudullah (28no), but the Tigers still came up well short.