Australia tastes maiden victory – T20 vs. Bangladesh

Australia 3-158 (Aaron Finch 71, David Warner 48, Al-Amin Hossain 2-30) beat Bangladesh 5-153 (Shakib Al Hasan 66, Mushfiqur Rahim 47, Nathan coulter-Nile 2-17) by seven wickets.

The Kangaroos got their first win of the tournament with an aggressive batting by Aaron Finch and David Warner while Bangladesh was at the receiving end.

The hosts scored 153 runs for the loss of five wickets at the end of the 20th over and the visitors piled up 158 with seven wickets in hand and 15 balls remaining.

Aaron Finch (Australia) was declared ‘Player of the match’ for his sterling knock of 71 from 45 deliveries.

The World T20 – 31st Match, Group 2, was played on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur.

Aaron Finch - Player of the match
Aaron Finch – Player of the match

Earlier, Mushfiqur Rahim won the toss for the home side and  opted to bat first but lost his openers at just 12 runs. He joined in with Shakib Al Hasan who hit the first six of the innings in the fifth over. They started picking up runs at ease while the latter was the most aggressive of the two and reached his fourth T20 fifty in the process. The partnership came to an end at 124 when Mushfiqur Rahim was gone for 47 and his partner followed him nine runs later for 66 off 52 with 3 lofty sixes and 5 fours. Bangladesh lost another wicket on the final delivery and they managed 5-153.

Nathan Coulter-Nile was the top wicket taker with two whereas Mitchell Starc, Doug Bollinger and Shane Watson shared one wicket each.

Aaron Finch along with David Warner started the chase in style by smashing 52 runs in the first six overs. The duo was punishing the rival bowlers at will and the ball was travelling towards the fence regularly. The association was dislodged at 98 in the next over when Warner was clean bowled by Al-Amin Hossain for 48 off 35 with 3 big sixes and 5 fours. Cameron White walked in next and Finch attained his second half century of the tournament and fifth of his career with a four. The score was enhanced to 135 in 15.1 overs  when Aaron Finch was gone for 71 from just 44 deliveries comprising 4 towering sixes and 7 fours. George Bailey dispatched the winning six on the third ball of the 18th over and hammered 3-158.

Al-Amin Hossain was the most successful bowler with two wickets and the debutant, Taskin Ahmed, held one.

Australia finally won a game in the event by a big margin of seven wickets and got two points.


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