WT20, Australia vs Bangladesh as it happened: Despite late wobble, Aussies manage to get past finish line

Mar, 21 2016 IST

  • 23:14 (IST)

    That's it from us for our live coverage of Australia vs Bangladesh. A tight match but pretty low on quality overall it must be said. Any which way, this makes the group very interesting like we saw. 

    More from us tomorrow, do join us for the live coverage of the Indian women taking on England

  • 23:06 (IST)

    This is  how Group 2 looks like. Like we said after the Pakistan win, India are still not out of the woods. Both Aus and Pak ahead of India now

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    Adam Zampa is named MoTM for his figures of 3-23

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    Well, not so 'thrilling' as much as both teams telling each other they don't want to win this easily.....

  • 22:56 (IST)

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    That's it, it's all over! Faulkner, the finisher, pushes Australia past the line. Sajib has been poor tonight and bowls a  rank short ball that is pushed past cover for four. Bangladesh have only themselves to blame for a sloppy effort on the field.

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    Shakib, you beauty! What an over. Two wickets but is it all a bit too late? First he gets Maxwell stumped as he goes for one big shot too many. Then off the last ball, Hastings slogs one straight to cow corner.

    Shakib finishes with figures of 4-0-27-3, fighting effort

    After 18 overs, Australia 152/7 ( James Faulkner 1)

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    After 17 overs, Australia 148/5 ( Glenn Maxwell 26 , James Faulkner 0)

    Oh Mustafizur, what have you done! Two fast-ish balls in that over and Maxwell pumps both past the boundary line for two big sixes. First a glance over fine leg, and then a straight bat drive over long on. 

    Bangladesh have dug their own hole today

  • 22:44 (IST)

    OUT! Mustafizur's cutters are a thing of beauty! The cutter deceives Mitch Marsh and he lobs one to Shakib at point who takes a good running catch

  • 22:41 (IST)

    After 16 overs, Australia 135/4 ( Glenn Maxwell 13 , Mitchell Marsh 6)

    What a poor, poor over from Bangladesh point of view. Saklain Sajib has let his team down badly just as they were building some pressure. The left arm spinner concedes 14 in the over - including three rubbish boundary balls. First a short ball to Maxwell that he powers past cover, Marsh then repeats the shot. Maxwell finishes the over with a four to cover again, this time a full toss outside off

  • 22:36 (IST)

    After 15 overs, Australia 121/4 ( Glenn Maxwell 4 , Mitchell Marsh 1)

    Shakib's over just opens up the things a little bit. Tremendous over, just two runs and a wicket! He has been instrumental for Bangladesh tonight

  • 22:34 (IST)

    OUT! Well, hang on here. Australia are making this interesting! Warner hits a full toss straight back to Shakib al Hasan. 38 required from 36 but these wickets are keeping Bangladesh in the hunt

  • 22:32 (IST)

    Looks like another L tonight

  • 22:31 (IST)

    After 14 overs, Australia 119/3 ( David Warner 17 , Glenn Maxwell 3)

    Goodness, this Aussie batting lineup is strong. In walks Maxwell and Al-Amin welcomes him with a stinging bouncer that Maxi just about evades. Just 4 from his over. Hint of a way back into the match?

  • 22:29 (IST)

    OUT! Is that the breakthrough that brings Bangladesh back into the game? Al Amin comes back into the attack and Khawaja is bowled round his legs trying to run it down to third man

  • 22:28 (IST)

    After 13 overs, Australia 115/2 ( Usman Khawaja 58 , David Warner 16)

    Australia are in cruise control in Bengaluru, as Warner joins the party. Pulls a long hop from Mahmudullah to long-on and then a remarkable shot - a back foot smash over long off fr six

  • 22:23 (IST)

    Chance of winning:

    10th over: Constant hitting by Khawaja with help from Watson saw the Aussie COW rise steadily, though after Watson got run out in the 9th over it slowed down at 77%. Khawaja and Smith kept the run rate above 8 an over, seeing their COW at 81% by the 10th over.

  • 22:19 (IST)

    After 12 overs, Australia 98/2 ( Usman Khawaja 57 , David Warner 1)

    But out comes David Warner, not a great sight for Bangladesh fans

  • 22:19 (IST)

    OUT! What a ripper from Mustafizur! After a series of cutters, a perfect yorker as Steve Smith shuffles too far across and gets himself in a tangle and is clean bowled. A brief glimmer for Bangladesh? The skipper is gone for 14

  • 22:16 (IST)

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    After 11 overs, Australia 94/1 ( Usman Khawaja 54 , Steven Smith (C) 14)

    This is all too easy for Australia. Twelve from that Saqlain over, as Smith dances down and lofts it over the sightscreen

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    FIFTY FOR KHAWAJA! What a knock this has been so far. Barely broken sweat and has taken 37 balls. Extremely in control of the situation. Brings it up with a delicate cut off the back foot to the boundary

    After 10 overs,Australia 82/1 ( Usman Khawaja 52 , Steven Smith (C) 6)

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    After 9 overs, Australia 74/1 ( Usman Khawaja 47 , Steven Smith (C) 4)

    Still very much Australia's match this, considering the depth in their batting. 8 runs from Shakib's over, starting with a super backfoot punch from Khawaja. He has looked in brilliant touch!

  • 22:03 (IST)

    After 8 overs,Australia 66/1 ( Usman Khawaja 41 , Steven Smith (C) 2)

    Steve Smith is the new man in

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    OUT! Shane Watson's luck runs out, quite literally as he is  run out going for a tight second run - solid throw from Sabbir in the deep and good work by Rahim, he's caught just short

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    After 7 overs, Australia 60/0 ( Usman Khawaja 38 , Shane Watson 20)

    Saqlain from the other end for his first over and after conceding just three from the first five balls, Watson breaks his own shackles by coming down the track and plays his signature straight bat lofted drive over long on for six

  • 21:58 (IST)

    After 6 overs, Australia 51/0 ( Usman Khawaja 36 , Shane Watson 13)

    It's been all Australia in the powerplay but there was a golden opportunity off the last ball of Mustafizur's over - Watson gets a leading edge from an offcutter that goes high up in the air - Mithun and Mortaza converge but there is no call as such and it falls in between. Mortaza is not amused at all! 

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    Earlier, Mustafizur came back into action after his injury break to bowl the fourth over - Khawaja had trouble picking the leftie. Just 3 runs from the first five balls and then Watson gets lucky as a slash takes the outside edge past third man for a four

  • 21:49 (IST)

    After 5 overs, Australia 44/0 ( Usman Khawaja 34 , Shane Watson 8)

    Khawaja is turning it on in Bengaluru! Over of two halves from Shakib, first two balls had Khawaja beaten and then he responds with three consecutive fours - each of them a gem! First down the track for a sweetly timed on drive, then a lofted off drive and a sweep that should have been stopped at cow corner.

  • 21:41 (IST)

    After 3 overs, Australia 24/0 ( Usman Khawaja 21, Shane Watson 3)

    Al-Amin from the other end. Khawaja plays an excellent pull shot off a pretty poor short ball. And off the last ball, plays a mistimed shot through covers but has enough to take it to the boundary. 10 from the over.

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    After 2 overs, Australia 14/0 ( Usman Khawaja 12 , Shane Watson 2)

    Spinner from the other end. Mahmudullah with his gentle off-spinners goes for just five singles

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    After 1 overs, Australia 9/0 ( Usman Khawaja 9 , Shane Watson 0)

    Khawaja (someone who has had to fight for his place in the XI like very few have had to), hits probably shot of the match off the very first over from Mortaza. Slightly overpitched, Khawaja offers the full face off the bat and hits a big six straight past sightscreen! 90m almost.

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    Right time for the chase, Khawaja and Watson in the middle.. Mortaza to start off...

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    Chance of winning

    End of the innings: In the 16th over, Zampa got the wicket of Shakib and conceded just 4 runs, sending Australia's COW up to 62%. Watson also gave away just 4 runs, raising their COW to 65%. The last 3 overs were expensive, going for 44 runs, and settling Australia's COW at 53% at the end of the innings. 

  • 21:09 (IST)

    Bangladesh made 52 runs in the last 5 overs, largely thanks to Mahmudullah's 29-ball 49, studded with 7 4's and a six

  • 21:07 (IST)

    Excellent finish to the innings for Bangladesh! They would have pledged their houses for a total of 156 after losing Tamim due to sickness and Sarkar fell early. Mahmudullah turns it on in the last over as well. Two length balls from NCN, he lofts the first over mid-off and then over wide long-on - a few singles and twos after that as he cannot reach his 50, but this is a gem of an innings from him. 

    After 20 overs, Bangladesh 156/5 (Mahmudullah 49 , Mushfiqur Rahim (W) 15)

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    After 19 overs, Bangladesh 144/5 ( Mahmudullah 38 , Mushfiqur Rahim (W) 14)

    Another big over! This is an excellent finish from Bangladesh. Shane Watson's figures have been spoiled thanks to a 17-run over. Bangladesh are targeting the region past point. First Mahmudllah cuts one past point and then Mushfiqur digs a full ball past the same player. But for Zampa's fielding there would have been one more. Mahmudullah then pulls a bouncer past fine leg to finish the over in style!

Preview: Bangaldesh frustrated ahead of Australia clash

Bengaluru: The International Cricket Council's (ICC) ban on bowlers Taskin Ahmed and Arafat Sunny for illegal actions in the middle of the World T20 campaign has diminished the Bangladesh team's spirits.

They are scheduled to take on Australia in their second Super 10 match at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Monday, reports bdnews24.com.

The actions of the bowlers were questioned in the first-round match against the Netherlands on March 9. Sunny went through the assessment in Chennai on March 12 and Taskin on March 15. The ICC announced the results on Saturday.

Can Australia get their World T20 campaign back on track? Getty

Can Australia get their World T20 campaign back on track? Getty

The team was particularly frustrated about the suspension of Taskin, who is an important cog in their pace wheel.

"We are very upset with the decision. It is very disappointing. We still believe that Taskin is alright. I don’t know the system. Playing back-to-back matches and then be tested," Mashrafe said on Sunday.

"Again, we can’t do anything at the moment. We have to go through the process. The team is very upset."

Losing two of his key bowlers, Mashrafe insisted that things would not be the same in the team.

"If two of your boys in the family are in a pickle, you won't be able to do anything properly - you won't get the same enthusiasm. Our mental state is not like before any more, you can see it clearly," the captain said.

"Taskin and Sunny are obviously disappointed. But the whole team is behind them. At the moment, it is very difficult to tell them that everything will be alright.

"As a group, the coaching staff and players are helping them cope with it. All that we can wish and pray is they come out stronger and fight it out - come back and play for Bangladesh."

Mashrafe claimed the timing of the ICC verdict made things tougher for the team.

"The shock came at such a time when it is difficult for us to manage. If we got the two replacement players a couple of days ago, we could've managed it."

The 32-year-old skipper said the players would still try to lift their spirits and face Australia with resolve.

"So we can't just keep thinking about all those things. We all know that (M. Chinnaswamy) wicket is a high-scoring strip, so we have to work as a unit to be successful.

"I know the people of Bangladesh are on our side and would still be there in more difficult situations. We will also try so that our performance meets their expectations. But it is definitely a difficult task."

IANS