The defending World Cup champions Australia continued their impressive run in their sixth match of the tournament against Bangladesh at the Trent Bridge, Nottingham. The opening duo comprising of David Warner and Aaron Finch compiled another century partnership to provide solid foundation at the top. Warner racked up a sensational century knock and Usman Khawaja also played an excellent innings, to help Australia register a mammoth first innings total.
Finch and Warner register another century stand
Australian captain Aaron Finch won the toss and opted to bat first because he reckoned that it looks as a great surface to bat on. The in-form Finch along with his opening partner David Warner started off things in a pretty dominant fashion, registering the half-century stand in just the 10th over. Both Warner and Finch played in an attacking manner and hardly missed out on a scoring opportunity. The duo combined together to put forward a fabulous partnership of 121 runs for the opening wicket.
Finch smashed another half-century and continued his phenomenal run in the showpiece event before falling victim off a delivery bowled by Soumya Sarkar in the 21st over. The Australian skipper’s dismissal brought in Usman Khawaja at the crease. Even after losing his opening partner, Warner continued to play his natural aggressive game and he too looked to be in a solid touch.
Warner racks up his second ton of WC 2019
He racked up his second century of the tournament in the 33rd over and looked hungry to reach many more milestones. Khawaja, who was promoted at the number three position, also came back in form in a stylish manner, notching up a fine half-century, which was his first of the tournament. Warner and Khawaja showed some great amount of composure and temperament. The duo compiled a staggering partnership of 192 runs to keep the Bangladeshi bowlers at bay during the middle-overs stage. Warner was looking all set to rack up his first double-century, but then he got dismissed while attempting another big shot for a 147-ball 166 that included of 14 fours and 5 sixes.
Glenn Maxwell then came at the crease and played an amazing cameo of 32 runs off just 10 balls before being sent back to the pavilion in the form of a run-out dismissal. Seam-bowling part-timer Soumya Sarkar then also got the better of Khawaja, who scored a brilliant innings of 89 runs off 72 balls. Towards the end, Marcus Stoinis also contributed with a vital cameo of 17 runs to help Australia finish with 381 for 5 in their quota of 50 overs. For Bangladesh, Sarkar had a great day with the ball, picking three crucial wickets.
Australia 381/5 in 50 overs (David Warner-166, Usman Khawaja-89, Aaron Finch-53; Soumya Sarkar 3/58) vs Bangladesh.