Australia vs Bangladesh
So that's the end of part one at Barbados today - Australia's win means that the opening game of the Super Eights on Thursday will see England up against Pakistan.
Over 19: Harris 1-2-1-W
114 - WICKET! - It's all over now as Mortaza's attempts to walk across his stumps and flick Harris away to the fine leg fence only result in his off stump being flattened. After an early scare with the bat, Australia have powered their way to a 27-run victory that means themselves and Pakistan go through to the Super Eights.
Over 18: Tait 0-0-0-0-0-0
110-9 - Tait sends down a maiden - poor Razzak might need the aid of a bell inside the ball if he's going to have any hope of hitting it further than his boot laces. That's the second maiden of the day for Tait, who finishes with figures of one for 15 from his four overs. He sent down 17 dot balls in total and his final analysis would have been even better had it not been for a plethora of early wides.
Over 17: Nannes 4-1-0-0-1-4
110-9 - WICKET! - Jahirul, who had started the over by smearing a four away through the covers, becomes the fourth wicket of the day for Nannes when he tamely chips to the fielder at cover. Although the final ball takes the outside edge of Razzak's bat and runs away to the third man boundary, Deadly Dirk still finishes with mightily impressive figures of four for 18.
Over 16: Smith 6-0-1-1-0-W
100-8 - WICKET! - Having seen Shafiul Islam slam him down the ground for six at the start of his final over, Smith has his revenge with the final ball when an under-edge runs back onto the stumps. The leggie finishes with figures of two for 29, making him a strong candidate for the man-of-the-match award.
Over 15: Harris 4-1-1-0-2-1
92-7 - Shafiul likes to back away and swing from the hip. He shows this technique off perfectly to the first ball of Harris' over, thumping a drive right off the middle away through the covers for four runs. There's nine runs from the over in total but Bangladesh still need 50 from the final five overs.
Over 14: D Hussey 0-W-1-0-0-1
83-7 - WICKET! - Mushfiqur's determined knock comes to an end. With the run-rate going up and up he has no choice but to chance his arm against David Hussey's off spin. Although he makes good contact with a slog-sweep he gets right underneath the ball, sending it spiralling out towards Michael Hussey at deep mid-wicket. That means Mushfiqur was caught Hussey off the bowling of Hussey - talk about a family affair. It could have been two in the over but the bowler can't cling on to a tough return catch off Shafiul Islam.
Over 13: Smith 0-0-2-0-0-6-1w-2
81-6 - They may be small in stature but Bangladesh's batsmen can still give the ball an almighty whack when they connect. Jahurul Islam finds the middle of his bat with a slog-sweep that soars over at mid-wicket. Smith responds with an attempted bouncer that wicketkeeper Brad Haddin does well to stop. The bowler apologises, perhaps to both the batsman and his team-mate behind the stumps.
Over 12: D Hussey 0-6-0-W-0-0
70-6 - WICKET! - Naeem Islam plays a brief, but nevertheless exciting, innings. Having taken a single to get the strike off the final delivery of the 11th over, he pops the second ball from part-time spinner David Hussey into the stands at mid-wicket. However when he tries to do the same with a straight bat he only finds the welcoming hands of Steven Smith at long-on. Bangladesh look set to be bowled out inside 20 overs now.
Over 11: Smith 1-0-1-W-0-1
64-5 - WICKET! - Shakib's gone thanks to a cracking catch from Mike Hussey out at deep square leg. An aerial sweep shot looks like it could go all the way at first but the fielder makes good ground to get the ball and take it with a dive to his right. He nearly rolls over the rope in his follow-through but manages to stop his momentum just in time. The Tigers need 78 from the final nine overs.
Over 10: Harris 0-0-1-6-0-4
61-4 - Rahim gets Bangladesh a little closer to their target with a six and a four off Harris. The maximum is a superb shot as he picks up the length early and drives with ease straight down the ground. The four that follows comes courtesy of a well-placed cut that comfortably clears the diving fielder at backward point.
Over 9: Smith 2-2-0-2-0-1
50-4 - Steven Smith comes on with his leggies. Seven come from his first over, all of them from the bat of Shakib Al Hasan, taking Bangladesh through to 50. They need another 92 from the final 11 overs, though if they want to reach the Super Eights they must reach their target with seven balls to spare.
Over 8: Harris 1-0-0-1-1-1
43-4 - It's a double change for Australia as Ryan Harris, picked today in place of the injured Mitchell Johnson, comes into the attack. Whoever comes on now needs to go for Bangladesh, the run-rate is soaring faster than an aeroplane trying to stay clear of a volcanic ash cloud. There could have been a fifth wicket in the over too, as Warner comes close to a direct hit when Shakib is called through for a risky single.
Over 7: Clarke 1-1-1-1-6-2
39-4 - Tait gets a breather as Clarke decides to slow things down with some of his own left-arm spinners. Bangladesh are much happier with the pace off the ball, milking singles before Shakib gets out the slog-sweep to launch his opposite number for six. The next ball looks like it's going to run away for four more in the same region until Warner produces a Superman dive to save a couple.
Over 6: Nannes 1-0-1-0-0-0
27-4 - Bangladesh need 115 from the final 84 deliveries - it is never a good sign for any team when numbers eight and nine are putting their pads on inside the powerplay overs. Nannes may not be quite as quick as Tait but he's no slouch on the speed gun. While he may have been used to going downhill during his skiing career, this is an exceedingly uphill task facing the Tigers.
Over 5: Tait 1w-1-1w-1-0-0-4-1
25-4 - Mushfiqur gets the hurry up from Tait, who again can't help but slant the odd ball too wide for the umpire's liking. The Bangladesh batsman does well to defend a ball that rises up from a length before top-edging the next one away for four over the top of the two slips. He makes out to his team-mate that he meant it, but that certainly wasn't meant to go that fine.
Over 4: Nannes 0-W-0-2-W-1
16-4 - WICKETS! - The situation gets the better of Aftab, as he simply takes a step down the pitch and has an ugly-looking swipe at Nannes. His attempts to heave the ball over mid-wicket only result in a top edge going tamely in the air for David Warner to catch moving in from gully. Mahmudullah comes in and suggests he's going to play sensibly with a nice push through the covers for two. However he too has a rush of blood to the head, going for a swivel pull that presents square leg with a simple catch.
Over 3: Tait 0-1w-1w-2-0-1-1-0
13-2 - Tait is steaming in, though his attempts to strive for some extra pace result in the odd radar issue. Shakib looks the most comfortable against him, whipping away two runs off his pads with a nicely-timed flick before punching the paceman straight for an easy single. Bangladesh need a further 129.
Over 2: Nannes 0-W-2-0-0-1
7-2 - WICKET! - Nannes takes just two balls to get a breakthrough, tempting Ashraful to steer a short delivery down to Tait at third man. The fielder takes an excellent catch, diving forward to grasp the ball about an inch before the turf. Shakib is in perhaps earlier than he'd hoped at four and immediately gets off the mark with two through the covers - the first runs off the bat in the Tigers' chase.
Over 1: Tait 0-0-4lb-1w-0-0-W
4-1 - WICKET! - If Bangladesh didn't think the challenge would be tough enough before they started, then they certainly know what they are up against now. Tait sends down a seriously quick opening over, with Imrul Kayes just getting his head out of the line of a dangerous bouncer. When he does attempt to attack he only mis-hits a drive straight to mid-off to perish without troubling the scorers.
Bangladesh need 142, but here comes the science bit. If they make those runs in 14.2 overs they will go through to the Super Eights at Australia's expense. If they manage to reach their target in 18.5 overs, then Pakistan will be the team having to book an early flight home. Geddit?
Over 20: Shafiul 1-1-1-1-2-1w(W)-2
141-7 - WICKET! - After the onslaught in recent overs Bangladesh - and Shafiul in particular - finish the innings off fairly well, conceding nine runs. All of them have to be scampered. Smith is run out off what should be the final ball trying to sneak a bye to the wicketkeeper. However he's done his bit in helping Australia get up to a challenging total. Hussey finishes up on 47 not out from only 29 deliveries.
Over 19: Razzak 6-1-1-6-0-0
132-6 - Smith slams Razzak away over mid-wicket for a six off the first ball of the over - that's the perfect start to the penultimate over. The all-rounder repeats the trick, this time with a flat-batted pull that means the ball sails even further. Despite two dot balls to finish, the pair of maximums make it 14 from the over.
Over 18: Shakib 4-1-4-1-1-1b
118-6 - Hussey is feasting on the full tosses, reverse-sweeping away Shakib's first ball of the over. Smith joins in the fun, coming down the wicket and lifting the left-armer away over the fielder at cover for his first boundary. This seventh-wicket partnership is now worth 53 from 31 balls as we head into the final 12 balls of the Australian innings.
Over 17: Mortaza 6-1-1-4-4-1
106-6 - Hussey opens up, cashing in on a legside half-volley from Mortaza and pumping the ball into the seats over the rope at sq1-uare leg with an easy-as-you-like pick-up shot off of his pads. The Australian century comes up when the same batsman steers away a full toss past the fine leg fielder up in the circle, while the fifth delivery of the over goes for four more, this time glided away past the short third man. A single off the last makes it 17 from Mortaza's final over, ruining his final figures.
Over 16: Shafiul 2-0-1-1-1-2
89-6 - Shafiul returns for a third spell - Shakib has surprisingly not called on someone like Mahmudullah to bowl a few more overs of spin on this turning pitch. Hussey gets two with a delightful drive through the covers and, after the addition of three singles, Smith finishes the over with a drive through backward point that nets a pair of runs.
Over 15: Razzak 0-2-4-1w-1-0-0
82-6 - The barren period without a boundary comes to an end when Hussey swivels on a severe long-hop from Razzak and pulls it away behind square on the leg side. With a wide it's eight from the over, though the final two deliveries are both dot balls to Steven Smith.
Over 14: Ashraful 1-2-1-1-2-1
74-6 - A pair of scampered twos make it eight from the over - Australia haven't hit a boundary now for 60 balls. Ashraful's finished his work with the ball, ending with fine figures of one for 24 from his four overs. The Aussies are on target now for 106.
Over 13: Shakib 0-1-1-0-W-1
66-6 - WICKET! - White pays the price for backing away, missing a delivery that spins enough to beat his attempted drive and clip the outside half of the off stick. If England made hard work of it with the bat yesterday then Australia are going even worse here right now. Steven Smith is in at number eight with a slip for company. He gets off the mark with a single from the final delivery of Shakib's third over.
Over 12: Ashraful 0-1-1-1-1-1
63-5 - With not much left in the hutch (remember there's no Mitchell Johnson today), White and Michael Hussey, possibly the best number seven in world cricket, are forced to make do with risk-free shots for singles. For some reason Australia's top order seem to have been caught cold by the amount of bounce in this pitch.
Over 11: Mortaza 1-1-0-1-W-1
58-5 - WICKET! - The Australians continue to push their luck, this time White leaving Hussey having to hustle with a quick single when he'd hit the ball almost directly to the man at point. However the Tigers don't have to wait too long to get wicket no.5, Hussey slapping the next ball high in the air for wicketkeeper Rahim to run around and catch. Bangladesh haven't won a T20 International since September 2007 - is today the day they end their miserable run in the shortest format?
Over 10: Ashraful 2-1-0-W-1-1
54-4 - WICKET! - Having batted carefully Clarke gives his wicket away, coming down the wicket to loft Ashraful straight out to the man at long-off. Clarke is fuming as he makes his way off the field, smacking his bat with his glove in frustration. It could have been two-in-two when Hussey slams a drive out to the same fielder, only this time Jahural Islam can't hang on. That could of been Australia at five down midway through their innings.
Over 9: Shakib 2-1-0-0-1-0
49-3 - This is far from easy going for Australia, who are having to make do with singles and the odd two on a track that seems tailor-made for the plethora of slow bowlers Bangladesh have. If they continue at this rate, the Aussies will make just 109. It will then be up to the Tigers to chase them down in a certain time to knock out Pakistan.
Over 8: Ashraful 1-1w-1-1-0-0-2
45-3 - Mohammad Ashraful is called into the attack. He bowls spin, though no ones quite sure which type of spin it will be until he's running up. Today he's plumped for the off variety, and it comes out pretty well. There's some turn for him and Australia are only able to pick up six from his over.
Over 7: Razzak 1-1-W-1-0-1
39-3 - WICKET! - Haddin can't resist having a swipe at Razzak when the left-armer floats one up above his eye-line. However his attempts to sweep the ball over the rope only result in a top edge to the fielder at short third man. Only four from the over - are Australia struggling in their trial by spin?
Over 6: Shafiul 1-1-0-1-1-1
35-2 - After taking the catch to remove Watson, Aftab is presented with the chance to inflict a run out when Clarke calls Haddin through for a suicidal single. However the Bangladesh fielder rushes his throw whilst diving forward, meaning the ball dribbles well wide of the stumps at the bowler's end. Clarke would have been gone, too with a direct hit.
Over 5: Razzak 0-1-0-1-1-0
30-2 - Abdur Razzak makes it spin from both ends - expect to see plenty of slow bowlers called into action for Bangladesh. Brad Haddin is the new man in at four and both he and Clarke keep the scoreboard ticking over with some scampered singles.
Over 4: Shakib 0-W-0-0-0-6
27-2 - WICKET! - Having been fortunate to survive Shakib's first delivery, Warner then falls to the second. The left-hander can't risk going aerial but he's beaten in the flight, meaning the ball just loops out to the fielder at deep mid-wicket. Clarke is then on strike as he crossed with Warner as the ball was in the air - he pats back the next three balls before ruining Shakib's hopes of a wicket maiden with a straight six.
Over 3: Mortaza W-0-4-1-0-0
21-1 - WICKET! - Watson perishes for four from seven deliveries, top-edging a pull out towards backward square leg where Aftab Ahmed takes the catch, finishing with a gymnastic tumble to boot. Captain Michael Clarke is in at three but before he can face he gets to stand and watch Warner flay a short ball away through point. A single then puts the skipper in the firing line but he safely negotiates his first two balls, the second of which seemed to swing away from him.
Over 2: Shafiul 0-1w-0-2-1-6-4
16-0 - Shafiul is bustling in and loudly appeals for leg before against Watson (it's unlikely to be hitting leg on another set). However his pace is just perfect for Warner, who finishes the second over with a flat-batted six and then a chipped four, both shots going straight down the ground. After conceding just two off the first two legal deliveries, that over has cost 14.
Over 1: Mortaza 0-0-1-0-1-0
2-0 - Well we can quickly see that there's some life in this pitch. Warner is hurried with the first ball and then, after the left-hander sneaks a single, Watson is done for pace and bounce by a lively delivery from Mortaza. Each Australian opener gets off the mark.
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Australia are without Mitchell Johnson due to an infection with his elbow, meaning Ryan Harris gets a chance in the attack. The bigger news, though, concerns Bangladesh. Tamim Iqbal is a notable absentee from their line-up, a blow for their hopes and us neutrals alike.
Pommie is purring over this pitch, saying it's a good surface for batting. He's also expecting it to stay the same for the whole 40 overs scheduled. We have a longest boundary of 71 metres, so the forecast is for maximums. Because we're not in Guyana there should be no rain.
Ravi Shastri is shouting extremely loudly at the toss, but we can still just about here Michael Clarke call 'tails'. Tails it is too, so Australia are going to have a bat first on what looks a good pitch.
This is the final day of the group stages, so there's plenty to play for here. Australia currently top Group A after victory over Pakistan, meaning Bangladesh need to win, and win extremely well, to knock out the defending champions.
and welcome to over-by-over coverage of Australia v Bangladesh at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados.
- 5th May 2010
- Aleem Dar and B R Doctrove
bangladesh BATTING CARD
|Kayes||c Hussey b Tait||0|
|Ashraful||c Tait b Nannes||0|
|Aftab Ahmed||c Warner b Nannes||1|
|Al Hasan||c Hussey b Smith||28|
|Mahmuddal||c Hussey b Nannes||2|
|Rahim||c Hussey b Hussey||24|
|Jahurul||c Clarke b Nannes||18|
|Total||All out, 18.4 Overs||114|