Bangladesh vs Australia
Australia won by seven wickets
So, Australia will go home with a win after all. Their openers set up this win with a stand of 98 in 11.2 overs, and Finch went on to a buccaneering 71 from 45 deliveries to put the result beyond doubt. Bangladesh's fans, on the other hand, suffer yet more disappointment. They'll have had high hopes that their team could make the most of home conditions, but that's not been the case. After this dead rubber, the next match is rather more important in the context of the tournament. Pakistan take on West Indies in a battle for the last semi-final slot. Do stick with us for that game!
Over 17.3 - Aus 158/3 (White 18, Bailey 11)
There it is! Australia secure a consolation win. Their batting hasn't clicked in this tournament, but they had enough firepower to get past Bangladesh today. Captain George Bailey ends the match with a chip over mid-on and a slug for six over wide long-off.
Over 17 - Aus 148/3 (White 18, Bailey 1)
WICKET! Taskin bowls Maxwell with a dipping full toss! Well played, lad. He's worked hard today, and his first international wicket is a big one. Maxwell had creamed the previous ball through midwicket's hands for four, but he seemed to just lose sight of this one. A consolation wicket for Taskin, who finishes with figures of 4-0-24-1.
Over 16 - Aus 143/2 (White 18, Maxwell 1)
WICKET! Finch departs after putting together what is almost certainly a match-winning knock. Al-Amin beat him in the flight with a slower leg-cutter, Finch slicing underneath the ball. It still took a good catch to get rid of him, Nasir running in and then diving forward to hold onto it. This is, of course, all too late for Bangladesh, and White gets Australia a little closer with a cracking four off a slower ball to end the over.
Over 15 - Aus 135/1 (Finch 71, White 11)
Finch hurries a little more quickly towards an Australian victory as Mominul comes on to twirl down his left-arm spin. A short ball is bludgeoned up and over cover, and Finch then got right underneath one to lift his fourth six over extra cover.
Over 14 - Aus 121/1 (Finch 59, White 9)
Australia need under a run a ball now, and they can just knock the ball around for ones and twos if they so please. Things may not get that subdued, but there's no semblance of risk-taking in this over from Razzak, just smart placement.
Over 13 - Aus 117/1 (Finch 57, White 7)
Taskin Ahmed started his international career with two probing overs, but his third is a little wild and woolly. He's clearly straining hard to find the wicket-taking delivery that will bring his side back into the game and pushes the ball through at speeds of up to 143kph, but his lines and lengths are all over the place and Finch collects a drilled boundary through cover off a full toss - bringing up his fifty - and another clubbed to midwicket. White slams a pull in the same area, and 14 runs flow from the over.
Over 12 - Aus 103/1 (Finch 48, White 3)
WICKET! Finally, some relief for Bangladesh. Al-Amin Hossain comes back into the attack and sprints in, round the wicket, to Warner. The left-hander rocks back to pull, but the ball - which keeps, perhaps, just a touch low - zips past his bat to disturb the stumps. Al-Amin doesn't hold back in his celebrations, giving Warner an earful as he charges past. Well, if you give it out you get it back. Can Bangladesh somehow claw their way back into this match?
Over 11 - Aus 97/0 (Warner 48, Finch 46)
Bangladesh should have had a wicket in this over! Finch started well by biffing yet another six off Gazi, over midwicket, but then got a clear edge as he went back and tried to cut. Somehow, Umpire Dharmasena didn't seem to notice that. Just to rub it in, Finch smashes a four off the very next delivery, and David Warner - always the consummate gentleman - sees fit to get up in Mushfiqur's grille with some choice words at the end of the over. A little unnecessary, no?
Over 10 - Aus 85/0 (Warner 47, Finch 35)
Back-to-back sixes for Warner! Mushfiqur swapped Razzak for Shakib, but it makes no difference to Warner. He's going to go after the left-arm spin. His first maximum comes from the favoured slog-sweep, and he dances out at the very next delivery and lifts it off his leg for six more. Australia are cruising now.
Over 9 - Aus 71/0 (Finch 34, Warner 34)
Another characterful over from young Taskin. He beats Finch outside off with consecutive deliveries to start the over, despite each ball inviting a cut. Pace and bounce meant Finch couldn't get anything on them, but Taskin should consider himself a touch lucky as he was serving up deliveries to the batsman's strength. He ends the over with an emotive lbw appeal against Warner, but Umpire Dharmasena reckons the ball pitched outside leg stump. This has been a tenacious, but luckless spell so far.
Over 8 - Aus 68/0 (Finch 32, Warner 33)
Abdur Razzak replaces Shakib, and his very first delivery is blasted into the stands by Warner, the nuggety left-hander swinging his arms through a slog sweep. Warner adds four more with a paddle-pull to fine leg, and Bangladesh are left searching for answers as 12 runs come from the over.
Over 7 - Aus 56/0 (Finch 32, Warner 21)
Taskin Ahmed's first delivery in international cricket is a great one, rising up outside off stump to beat Aaron Finch's outside edge at 135kph. Indeed, the entire over a solid one, a clearly pumped-up bowler steaming in and targeting the stumps to keep the batsmen to four singles. He even manages to push the speedometer up to 140kph. Not bad for an 18 year old.
Over 6 - Aus 52/0 (Finch 30, Warner 21)
Finch takes Shakib on, and the runs continue to flow for Australia! The first boundary of the over comes courtesy of a muscly thump off the back foot, while the second is fortuitous, Finch advancing at the bowler and inside-edging a drive past his stumps and down to fine leg. There's nothing at all wrong with the third: a languorous loft over extra cover for six. The fifty's up for Australia, and Bangladesh are desperate for a wicket.
Over 5 - Aus 36/0 (Warner 20, Finch 15)
Warner is going to have some fun before he leaves Bangladesh. He repeatedly switches his stance to Gazi, effectively changing from a left-hander to a right-hander, and gathers a boundary with each combination. Right-handed Warner lifts a sweep up and over fine leg, while the left-handed version rocks back to thump a spinning delivery through cover.
Over 4 - Aus 27/0 (Finch 15, Warner 11)
Shakib enters the fray, and immediately there's all sorts going on. Mushy squeals "catch!" as Warner flicks uppishly to leg, but the shot is well placed and brings four. A little later in the over, Shakib spears a flat, fast arm ball past Warner's poking sweep, the ball bursting off the surface to strike Mushfiqur on the chest. Just for a moment, it seemed he'd missed a stumping chance, but Warner's back foot was in fact safely grounded. The over ends with a leading edge that sends the ball high into the air ... but it falls safely in no-man's land in the deep. Eventful!
Over 3 - Aus 21/0 (Finch 14, Warner 6)
Sohag Gazi continues, and his second over is far superior to his first. He tosses the ball up on a naggingly accurate length, and Finch and Warner can manage just three singles between them.
Over 2 - Aus 18/0 (Finch 12, Warner 5)
Al-Amin Hossain shares the early duties for Bangladesh, sprinting to the crease at full tilt and flinging his hands in the air through his Ntini-esque action. Though he's got some nip, that's worth very little if one bowls short and wide, and Warner is off the mark with a crunching cut through cover point. That error aside, it's a reasonably good opening over for Hossain.
Over 1 - Aus 11/0 (Finch 11, Warner 0)
Offspinner Sohag Gazi begins Bangladesh's defense. There doesn't appear to be a great deal of purchase for him in the surface, though there's appreciable bounce. Finch uses the bounce to his advantage, however, rocking back to hammer a pull through square leg and then swinging his hands through the line to pick up six beyond wide long on. Ah, and there was actually a pretty slick one-handed catch in the crowd off that stroke.
Australia need 154 to win
This was the Shakib and Mushfiqur show, as it often is for Bangladesh. Every other batsman struggled against Australia's pace, but these two combined in superb fashion to add 112 for the third wicket. They may have given their team enough runs to challenge the Australians, though one would suggest that their 153 for 5 is just about par on this surface. Australia's task in the chase will be a very different one: they'll have to contend with a battery of Bangladeshi spinners. Join us in 10 minutes or so for the resumption.
Over 20 - Ban 153/5 (Mahmudullah 6)
WICKET! Nasir bends low to get underneath a low full toss and smash it to the extra cover boundary for four, but Starc gets his revenge with the final ball of the innings, rattling the stumps as Nasir backed away and hacked.
A change of shoes
There's a short mid-over delay as Starc calls for a new pair of shoes. It appears his toes have burst through the seams of his right boot. There's a tremendous amount of force exerted upon fast bowler's feet on delivery.
Over 19 - Ban 144/4 (Nasir 7, Mahmudullah 4)
Punches are traded between bat and ball as Watson lumbers through his final over. Nasir swings first, and connects with an extravagant drive over extra cover, collecting four runs. But Watto comes back well, moving round the wicket before slipping up with a high full toss that flies a good distance past the batsman. With Watson recovering to keep the batsmen to singles after the boundary, he ends with solid figures of 4-0-25-1.
Over 18 - Ban 135/4 (Mahmudullah 2, Nasir 1)
WICKET! And now Shakib goes. He was clearly on the attack in this over, and did well to lift a length delivery from Bollinger up and over mid-off for four. But he was aiming even further with a hoick to leg straight afterwards, and silence descended upon the stadium as Maxwell ran in from deep midwicket to take the catch. While the crowd goes silent, there's also no celebration at all from Maxwell, or even Bollinger. It's all a little joyless out there.
Over 17 - Ban 129/3 (Shakib 62, Mahmudullah 1)
WICKET! Watson breaks through! This was some canny bowling. He'd brought to the field in on the off side, and placed men out in the deep on the leg, and then targeted Mushfiqur's legs. The batsman attempted to take on the challenge, swinging the ball out into the deep at midwicket, but could only get it as far as Maxwell. Oddly, it's Mahmudullah who joins Shakib at the crease. He's not known as a big hitter, so one wonders what the thinking behind this batting change might be.
Over 16 - Ban 123/2 (Shakib 60, Mushfiqur 47)
Mitchell Starc returns to the fray, coming over the wicket at Shakib and round to Mushfiqur. His general method of attack in the over is the yorker, and he dishes up a couple of very good ones, but each is kept out. There's a cry of "catch it!" when Mushfiqur is too early into a pull against a slower ball bouncer, but the ball falls safely and the partnership progresses to 111 runs.
Over 15 - Ban 116/2 (Shakib 58, Mushfiqur 43)
Brad Haddin comes up to the stumps as Christian continues with his medium pace. The change does have the desired effect of keeping the batsmen in the crease - and in particular Shakib - but when Christian offers Mushfiqur a short, wide one to end the over it's happy-slapped through point for another boundary, taking this partnership to 104. With five overs to go, how many more can Bangladesh get?
Over 14 - Ban 108/2 (Shakib 56, Mushfiqur 37)
The Mirpur crowd cheer "Shakib! Shakib!" with the batsman one run away from his fifty, and burst into celebration as he flicks a single through square leg off Maxwell to reach the landmark. Mushfiqur turns the strike back over to him even as Maxwell over-steps, and Shakib gives the crowd even more to shout about by smearing the Free Hit back over the bowler's head for a towering six.
Over 13 - Ban 97/2 (Shakib 49, Mushfiqur 35)
George Bailey turns to Dan Christian, who has oodles of experience in Twenty20 cricket - if not Twenty20 internationals - but he can't stem the flow of runs. He's not helped by a fumble from Brad Haddin, the batsman having missed a slower ball bouncer that also dipped on its way to the 'keeper, rolling past him and away for four byes.
Over 12 - Ban 88/2 (Shakib 47, Mushfiqur 28)
This has been a very useful stand for Bangladesh, helping them to recover after a poor start. There's more good running from the pair at the crease as Bollinger returns to the attack, and Mushfiqur shows he's equal to the short ball with a rasping pull for four through square leg. This stand is now worth 76, with those runs having arrived at a rate of 8.76 to the over.
Over 11 - Ban 79/2 (Shakib 43, Mushfiqur 23)
More punishment for Maxwell! This time it's Mushfiqur who leads the charge. He's barely over five feet tall, but he packs a lot of power into his batting from that tiny frame and charges the offspinner to send an 84-metre six arcing into the crowd beyond midwicket. The boundary aside, the over features some smart cricket from Shakib and Mushfiqur, who milk singles off every other delivery.
Over 10 - Ban 68/2 (Shakib 40, Mushfiqur 15)
Bailey brings Coulter-Nile back into the attack, and though he's definitely more swift through the air than Watson, he doesn't offer the same control in this over. Shakib and Mushfiqur also use the extra pace to their advantage, the left-hander chopping a cut to third man for four and the diminutive right-hander adding a boundary of his own with a paddle-pull past fine leg.
Over 9 - Ban 55/2 (Shakib 32, Mushfiqur 10)
Watto brings back a measure of control for Australia. He changes his length well in response to the movement of the batsmen in the crease or down the wicket, and with protective fielders out on the ropes manages to keep them to just four from the over.
Over 8 - Ban 51/2 (Shakib 30, Mushfiqur 9)
After a slightly wild start, Shakib seems to be settling into a composed knock, which is good news for Bangladesh. Though, Shakib being Shakib, that could change at any moment. For now, however, he's playing Australia's pacemen with aplomb, and adds another boundary in this over from Bollinger with a well-controlled pull shot to long leg. A handful of singles make the over another good one for Bangladesh.
Over 7 - Ban 43/2 (Shakib 24, Mushfiqur 7)
Australia haven't picked a spinner, as such, in their line-up today, but they do have Glenn Maxwell ... Alas, he seems to hold few alarms for the batsmen, and his very first delivery is spanked straight back over his head by Shakib. Mushfiqur then furthers the damage with a neat little cut that threads the gap behind point for another boundary. Maxwell is certainly getting appreciable bounce off the surface, but minimal turn.
Over 6 - Ban 32/2 (Shakib 18, Mushfiqur 2)
Shane Watson is brought on to complete the final over of the Powerplay, and has a good over ruined by some more adventurous hitting from Shakib. After the dot balls, the left-hander manages to deflect one to fine leg via his pad, and then clears his front leg to slap a length delivery over wide long on for six. That's the 250th six of the tournament!
Over 5 - Ban 21/2 (Shakib 11, Mushfiqur 2)
Shakib gives the home supporters something to cheer about with a flamboyant stroke over wide long-on, the left-hander dancing down the track to get at Doug Bollinger and clubbing the ball well over the rope. Which is no mean feat, given the pace and bounce of the bowler, and the length of the delivery. He immediately attempts to repeat the stroke, but completely misses the second time, the ball whizzing just over the middle stump.
Over 4 - Ban 13/2 (Shakib 4, Mushfiqur 1)
WICKET! Tamim departs! It had been a scratchy knock from him, coming on the back of a series of unconvincing knocks in his last 10 or so games. He was trying to smash Coulter-Nile up and over mid-off, but the ball rebounded tamely off the bat and looped to Bollinger instead. Mushfiqur is off the mark with a glide down to third man and, as is often the case, it's now up to he and Shakib to repair the innings.
Over 3 - Ban 12/1 (Tamim 5, Shakib 4)
Starc bossed the early exchanges with Tamim in his first over, and on through the beginning of this one, whipping the swinging ball through at good pace and beating the left-hander's outside edge. But Tamim isn't usually the sort of batsman to be too troubled by a couple of misses, and he leans into a forcing stroke through the covers to bring three morale-boosting runs. He's immediately bettered by Shakib, who charges the bowler and flays the final delivery through the covers for four.
Over 2 - Ban 5/1 (Tamim 2, Shakib 0)
WICKET! Coulter-Nile is rather a different prospect to Starc, sprinting to the crease and slinging the ball at an angle across the left-handed Tamim, though he also flings two deliveries down the leg side. He's also getting the new ball to swing in the air, and Anamul quickly nicks a regulation outswinger straight to Watson in the slips. Anamul played an awful lot of shots for that duck ... Anyway, he's replaced by Shakib Al Hasan at the crease.
Over 1 - Ban 1/0 (Tamim 1, Anamul 0)
Mitchell Starc opens the bowling for Australia, with two slips in place. After a couple of deliveries, one can see why - this new ball is definitely swinging, and there's also decent carry through to the 'keeper. Starc lopes in and gets the ball snaking away from Tamim and in towards Anamul, whose wild swipes are beaten more than once on the inside edge. Starc changes up his lengths at rather alarming pace, jarring the splice and the toe of the bat at intervals.
Pitch and conditions
This Mirpur pitch remains very hard, and quite dry despite all the games that have been played here. It's the sort of pitch that invites batting first, as Mushfiqur has decided to do, and Bangladesh's spinners may play a crucial role later. This also begs the question: why didn't Australia pick a frontline spinner? Perhaps they expect their quick men to extract full benefit from the hard surface. It's a bright, sunny, hot afternoon, and we're just about ready to start!
1. Tamim Iqbal, 2. Anamul Haque, 3. Mominul Haque, 4. Shakib Al Hasan, 5. Mushfiqur Rahim (c/wk), 6. Nasir Hossain, 7. Mahmudullah, 8. Sohag Gazi, 9. Abdur Razzak, 10. Al-Amin Hossain, 11. Taskin Ahmed
1. Warner, 2. Finch, 3. White, 4. Maxwell, 5. Bailey (c), 6. Watson, 7. Christian, 8. Haddin (wk), 9. Starc, 10. Coulter-Nile, 11. Bollinger
The most interesting change for Bangladesh is the debut being handed to 18-year-old seamer Taskin Ahmed. They've also brought in batsman Mominul Haque and offspinner Sohag Gazi. Australia have made two changes, bringing in the veteran Dan Christian and fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile.
The first news we can bring you comes from the toss, where Mushfiqur Rahim has called correctly and decided that Bangladesh will bat first. There are a few changes to both playing XIs.
Hello and welcome to the WT20 game between hosts Bangladesh and Australia, with both sides just aiming to leave the tournament with a single win.
- 1st Apr 2014
- Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bat.
- Shere Bangla National Stadium
- H D P K Dharmasena, M Erasmus
- TV Umpire
- I J Gould
- Match Referee
- R S Madugalle
- Reserve Umpire
- R A Kettleborough
australia BATTING CARD
|A.J. Finch||c Hossain b Hossain||71|
|D.A. Warner||b Hossain||48|
|C.L. White||Not out||18|
|G.J. Maxwell||b Ahmed||5|
|G.J. Bailey||Not out||11|
|Total||17.3 Overs||158 - 3|