Bangalore - Australian skipper Steve Smith
warned his side faced defeat in coming matches unless they improved after their
thrilling three-wicket win over Bangladesh in their World Twenty20 clash in
Bangalore on Monday.
Opener Usman Khawaja hit a quick-fire
half-century as Australia successfully chased down Bangladesh's total of 156
for five, with nine balls to spare.
The victory puts Australia's bid for a
first ever World T20 trophy back on track after the top-ranked Test side lost
to New Zealand in the northern hill station of Dharamsala in their opening
But Smith said the Australians needed to
adapt better to different playing conditions if they were going to defeat
Pakistan on Friday, before taking on red-hot title favourites India for a place
in the semi-finals.
"We haven't been good enough in the
middle overs," said Smith. "We've had a bit of travel, but it's not
"Pakistan and India play well in these
conditions and we have to do better. Our players have to adapt better (to
different grounds)," he said.
Australian spinner Adam Zampa, who took
three wickets, his first in T20 internationals, said the side had been
disappointed to lose to New Zealand.
"The equation for us is pretty simple
now, win every game," Zampa, named man of the match, said, adding that he
expected an equally tough battle with both Pakistan and India.
The 29-year-old Khawaja whacked seven fours
and one six before he was bowled for 58 by Al-Amin Hossain in Monday's Super 10
Group Two match.
Khawaja, born in Pakistan, and Shane Watson
put on a solid 62-run opening partnership before the veteran all-rounder was
run out for 21.
Bangladesh's string of bowlers mounted a
spirited attack against the Aussies, after suffering a devastating blow when
Taskin Ahmed and Arafat Sunny were suspended for illegal bowling actions at the
Smith was bowled for 14 by Mustafizur
Rahman and David Warner was caught and bowled for 17 by Shakib Al Hasan. Glenn
Maxwell was stumped for 26 off 15 balls.
James Faulkner hit the winning runs with
nine balls to spare.
Bangladesh, demolished by Pakistan in their
first group match, are now unlikely to qualify for the semi-finals, sitting at
the bottom of their group with two matches left to play.
"Two losses in a row, but we have two
matches left and we'll see what happens," skipper Mashrafe Mortaza said.
"Our fielding and bowling could have
been better," he added.
After Australia won the toss and elected to
field, Mahmudullah top scored for the Tigers, striking an aggressive unbeaten
49, that included seven fours and one six.
Seasoned T20 campaigner Shakib also chipped
in with 33 off 25 balls, as Bangladesh desperately tried to notch up their
first points in the group stage.
Shakib struck three fours and one six
before being caught by Nathan Coulter-Nile off Zampa for the fifth wicket.
Spinner Zampa, 23, spearheaded the
Australian bowling attack with his three wickets, while Watson claimed two.
Right-hander Mohammad Mithun struck a tidy
23 off 22 balls before being caught by Watson at deep midwicket off Zampa.
Opener Soumya Sarkar was caught for one
trying to slash a Watson delivery, only for Maxwell to take a straightforward
catch at point.
Sabbir Rahman scored 12 off 17 balls before
Faulkner took a diving catch off a Watson delivery in the sixth over at the
Shuvagata Hom, rushed into the side as one
of the replacements for Taskin and Sunny, was lbw to Zampa for 13.
Bangladesh now play India on Wednesday also