In the 21st match of the exciting World Cup 2019 expedition, Australia handed a clinical 48-run defeat to Bangladesh at the Trent Bridge, Nottingham on Thursday. The defending champions posted a monumental first innings total on the back of David Warner’s staggering century innings and vital contributions from Usman Khawaja and Aaron Finch. In the second innings, Bangladesh battled hard as Mushfiqur Rahim stroked a fabulous ton but the chase was always expected to be an uphill task for them and eventually they did fall short by a convincing fashion. With this win, Australia are back at the top spot on the points table.
Warner's staggering century knock takes Australia to 381
After winning the toss and opting to bat first, Australia got off to a positive start as the two openers, skipper Aaron Finch and David Warner took the attack against the Bangladeshi bowlers from the word go. They combined together to put up a fabulous stand of 121 runs before Finch got dismissed for a 51-ball 53. However, even after losing his partner, Warner continued to rip apart the Bangladeshi bowling attack.
He compiled a staggering knock of 166 runs off 147 balls that included of 14 four and 5 sixes and together with Usman Khawaja stitched another impressive partnership of 192 runs for the second wicket. Khawaja also played really well to smash a vital 72-ball 89 and towards the end, Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis contributed with amazing cameos to power Australia towards a massive total of 381 runs in their quota of 50 overs. For Bangladesh, Soumya Sarkar picked up three wickets.
Mushfiqur racks up his first World Cup ton
Chasing a mammoth target of 382 runs, Bangladesh got off to a poor start as their opening batsman Soumya Sarkar fell quite early with just 23 runs on the scoreboard. The pair of Tamim Iqbal and the in-form Shakib Al Hasan then joined hands to resurrect the Bangladeshi innings with an excellent partnership of 79 runs for the second wicket. Shakib was once again looking in a solid touch at a run-a-ball 41, but then came a massive moment in the game as Marcus Stoinis prized out for the scalp of Bangladesh’s best batsman thus far in the tournament.
Tamim notched up his first half-century before getting dismissed by Mitchell Starc in the 25th over. Litton Das, who played a brilliant innings in the last win against the Windies, also got out today pretty soon. After his wicket, the duo of Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah combined together to put up a phenomenal stand of 127 runs but the runs were not coming at the required pace and the required run-rate increased significantly. Mahmudullah got out after scoring a 50-ball 69, while Mushfiqur remained unbeaten till the end, notching up a sensational hundred, which ended up going in vain as Bangladesh managed 333 for 8 in their quota of 50 overs. For Australia, the trio of Nathan Coulter-Nile, Mitchell Starc and Marcus Stoinis finished with two wickets each.
Australia: 381/5 in 50 overs (David Warner-166, Usman Khawaja-89, Aaron Finch-53; Soumya Sarkar 3/58)
Bangladesh: 333/8 in 50 overs (Mushfiqur Rahim-102*, Mahmudullah-69; Mitchell Starc 2/55, Nathan Coulter-Nile 2/58)
Result: Australia won the match by 48 runs.
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