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