ICC World Twenty20

Australia beat Bangladesh

2014-04-01 14:49
David Warner (AFP)

Dhaka - Pre-tournament favourites Australia finished their unimpressive World Twenty20 campaign with a comfortable seven-wicket win over Bangladesh in Dhaka on Tuesday.

Openers Aaron Finch scored a 45-ball 71 and David Warner knocked a fiery 35-ball 48 to help Australia chase down a 154-run target in 17.3 overs in the Super-10 Group Two match.

Australia and hosts Bangladesh had lost their first three matches and were playing for pride in a match with no bearing on semi-final positions.

Finch and Warner put on a solid 98-run opening wicket stand by the 12th over to quash any hopes of a win for Bangladesh at a packed Sher-e-Bangla stadium.

Finch smashed four sixes and seven boundaries before he was bowled by paceman Al-Amin Hossain who finished with 2-30.

Warner was also ruthless, hitting three sixes and five boundaries before Hossain bowled him with a beautiful delivery.

Cameron White, who made 18 not out, hit a four and a six to seal the victory.

Australian skipper George Bailey was satisfied with the result.

"All the things we wanted to do, we did today. Picked the balls, picked the gaps and the bowling was good as well," said Bailey.

"I think it's still a game of basics, we just haven't done them well enough in crunch games and lost them. We had a side that was up for the challenge and I'd not want to take anything from them."

Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim vowed to improve his team's performance in future.

"There are a few positives (from this tournament) but in a world tournament we need to do well as a team," said Rahim. "Thanks to the crowd for their support and hopefully we give back their faith soon."

Earlier Bangladesh, who batted after winning the toss, were helped to 153-5 by Shakib Al Hasan's 52-ball 66 for his fourth Twenty20 fifty -- the first from any Bangladeshi batsman in the tournament.

Shakib added 112 for the third wicket with Rahim (47) in a much improved batting display by the home team.

The duo created a new Bangladesh record for the third wicket in all Twenty20 internationals, beating the 109-run stand set by Aftab Ahmed and Mohammad Ashraful against the West Indies at Johannesburg in the 2007 World Twenty20.

Bangladesh lost openers Anamul Haque (nought) and Tamim Iqbal (five) in paceman Nathan Coulter-Nile's first two overs, leaving the repair work to the two most senior players of the team.

Coulter-Nile was the pick of the Australian bowlers with 2-17.

Shakib hit five boundaries and three sixes before he fell to a brilliant catch by Glenn Maxwell off Doug Bollinger.

Rahim matched his illustrious partner as he smashed five boundaries and a six off just 36 balls, before he holed out off Shane Watson in the 17th over.

India have already qualified for the semi-finals from this group while Pakistan and the West Indies meet in the last match later Tuesday to decide the second semi-final spot.

South Africa, who meet India in the second semi-final on Friday, and Sri Lanka have advanced to the last four from Group One.

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