Published On: Sun, Apr 6th, 2014


Australia won by 7 wickets.

Toss Bangladesh, who chose to bat

T20I debut Taskin Ahmed (Bangladesh)

Player of the match AJ Finch (Australia)

Umpires HDPK Dharmasena (Sri Lanka) and M Erasmus (South Africa)

TV umpire IJ Gould (England)

Match referee RS Madugalle (Sri Lanka)

Reserve umpire RA Kettleborough (England)

A bruised and battered Australia tasted a consolation win by thrashing hosts Bangladesh by seven wickets to round off their disappointing ICC World Twenty20 campaign on a positive note, on Tuesday. No one could have guessed before the start of the ICC World T20 2014 that Australia would be out in the league stage itself given their performance in the matches before the tournament began. Australia has lost all 3 matches so far and can save face by defeating the home team, Bangladesh, who are also out of the tournament.

Bangladesh didn’t really disappoint anyone with their performance because nobody expected them to perform in the first place but being the home team, they got a lot of support from the crowd and would like to end the tournament on a high note with a win especially against the on-paper much stronger Australian side. Australia chased down Bangladesh’s 153/5 in 17.3 overs to collect full points in their final match of ICC World Twenty20 tournament.

It is not often that you see Bangladesh and Australia sailing in the same boat but that’s how it has been so far in the T20 WC. Neither team has managed to win even a single match in the Super 10s. The last game is a dead rubber but provides both teams with an opportunity to notch up a win. With conditions on the drier side, Bangladesh will fancy their chances with their spin laden attack.

It will be meagre consolation, but Australia wound up its sad ICC World Twenty20 sojourn with a win, defeating Bangladesh by seven wickets at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium here on Tuesday.

For Australia, this was always going to be a game where victory would bring little joy but defeat big humiliation, as England found out a day earlier. To their credit, George Bailey’s men handled things without undue fuss. Bangladesh put up a half-decent batting performance at last, but its adoring supporters — who cheered every boundary, wicket and dive in the field — were lift without much joy.

Chasing 154, Australia crossed the line with more than two overs to spare. The openers squeezed all the life out of the contest, with an alliance of 98 runs (68b). Man-of-the-match Aaron Finch set the tone early on, taking 11 runs off the first over. Sohag Gazi could only watch as the batsman bludgeoned a giant six over deep mid-wicket. Shakib al Hasan’s left-arm spin was dismissed casually beyond extra-cover while Gazi endured more pain. Finch made 71 runs (45b) in all, with seven fours and four sixes.

The duo tore apart Bangladesh’s bowling attack with their power hitting. Except for debutant Taskin Ahmed, other bowlers of the home team conceded over eight runs an over. While Hossain picked up Finch and Warner’s wickets, Ahmed was rewarded for his fine bowling as he cleaned up Glenn Maxwell to finish with figures of one for 24 from four overs. Cameron White was unbeaten on 18, while captain George Bailey (11 not out) finished off Australia’s chase in style, clobbering Hossain for a four and six as Australia made 158 for three in 17.3 overs. With both Australia and Bangladesh out of the semifinal reckoning, this was an inconsequential match.

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