ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019
Venue: Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Date & Time: 20 June 2019
RR: 6.66 | Australia beat Bangladesh by 48 runs
Number 10 for the Aussies in terms of points! They get back their pole position. Still, no one is qualified for the semis officially, while no one is out. On Wednesday, New Zealand topped the table. Thursday, it was done by the Aussies. Come Friday, England will look to win the musical chairs round by beating Sri Lanka. Do we have a surprise in store? Join us on June 21, 2019 at 10.30 am local (0930 GMT) at Headingley, Leeds. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
Victorious Australian captain, Aaron Finch, is not quite fussed about being nervous during the Mahmudullah-Rahim stand and says that there is plenty of experience in the Aussie bowling to finish things off. On his partnership with Warner, Finch says that both of them are pretty much experienced and know how to go about things. Admits that they missed Stoinis a lot in the last 2 games and today he was welcome. On the possibility of 2 spinners in the side, Finch says that it depends on the track and also about the balance of the side. Admits that the fielding was very sloppy today. With one leg almost in the semi-final, Aaron says that the Aussies would like to have one more win and consolidate that spot. On his own batting form, Finch says that as an opening batsman, once you get a couple of boundaries, you are on your way to getting confidence.
Bangladesh skipper, Mashrafe Mortaza, says that had the target been 40 runs lesser, the mindset of the Bangladesh batsmen would have been different. Praises his batters though and credits the Aussies for piling on a huge total. On the current squad, Mash says that they have the best team that they can possibly put together. On the run chase, Mortaza says that big partnerships were needed but even then, admits that 381 was a bit too much. Sadly says that he can only focus on winning his own games and hoping that some other teams lose above Bangladesh.
DAVID WARNER HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. On his 16th ODI hundred, being par with Adam Gilchrist, Warner says that it is a great achievement but is happier with the 2 points. On his and Finch's newly found approach, David says that it is all about respecting the new balls and then opening up and target the secondary bowlers. Adds that one needs to adapt to the conditions and then play according to the situation. On the pitch, Warner says that the pitch was a tad slow and a grind for the bowlers. Ends the conversation with a smile, saying that he will continue trying his best to get the big scores.
Not a great reading for the Aussie bowlers. This was a game where they had plenty of cushion with the score reading 381 but barring Starc, no one bowled well. On a track which had nothing for the bowlers, everyone suffered, not quite doing that well. A worrying sign, with the business end approaching. Australia have 10 points from 5 wins but none of those 5 have quite seen a complete performance yet. Please stay tuned for the presentation...
The brothers-in-law, Rahim and Mahmudullah then decided to have some fun. They teed off, punishing all the Aussie bowlers and added 127 for the 5th wicket but in the end, the task was too much to do. Rahim got to his century but today, when Shakib was needed to score big, could not quite get a big one.
When a team is chasing 382, it needs a solid and a quickfire opening stand. Bangladesh could not get that. Sarkar was dismissed early and after that, even though Shakib and Tamim revived the innings, that stand seemed a bit slow and was always behind the 8-ball. The acceleration never really came till Liton Das joined forces with Mushfiqur Rahim.
Comprehensive win for Australia but Bangladesh fought hard. Had the target been around 350, they might have very well chased it. The Aussies might have ironed out their batting issues but the bowling still needs a lot of working over.
99...Mushfiqur. No field changes from Finch. Shouldn't the fielders come in?
In comes the skipper, Mashrafe Mortaza, for the final rites. He will be at the non-striker's end as the batsmen crossed.
Marcus Stoinis to bowl the 48th over. 6-0-35-1 so far.
Mitchell Starc is back.
Mehedi Hasan comes out to face the hat-trick ball.
Sabbir Rahman walks in at number 7, replacing Mahmudullah. All is not lost yet. One big over, in the 20s, can still even this contest.
Nathan Coulter-Nile back into the attack. 8-0-42-0 so far.
Pat Cummins is back on. 8-1-41-0 so far.
Powerplay 3 time! Now maximum of 5 fielders can be outside the 30-yard circle till the end of this game.
Adam Zampa is back into the attack. 7-0-42-1. his figures so far.
Marcus Stoinis is back into the attack. He has the figures of 4-0-24-1.
Here he comes. Mitchell Starc is back for another spell.
Reverse swing on offer? Mitchell Starc is warming up. Looks like Finch wants another wicket here. He might not hold him back and unleash him now to give him a couple of wickets. He has been good in the latter stages of the games in this World Cup.
Pat Cummins on now. 6-0-36-0 so far.
DRINKS BREAK. Bangladesh are slightly losing the plot now. Even at this stage, they are almost on par with Australia. The Kangaroos were 186 at this point of time, but with just a wicket down. It is from here that the explosion started. The Tigers will hope that they don't have an implosion instead.
Mahmudullah is the new man in.
Is that the first wicket for Zampa? Liton Das has been adjudged leg before. He has a long chat with Rahim and after a wry smile, they decide to refer it upstairs. No inside edge. Is this sliding down? No. Umpire's call it is, clipping leg stump.
Adam Zampa is back! 4-0-29-0 his figures so far.
Nathan Coulter-Nile is back!
Pat Cummins is back!
The physio is out in the middle having a check on Liton. He looks to be fine but you cannot take any risk with such incidents. He will need a new helmet and the physio is having a concussion test on him.
Liton Das is the new man in.
Mitchell Starc is back for another burst. 3-0-15-0 his figures so far.
Mushfiqur Rahim walks out to bat next. Bangladesh need a world class innings from him today.
Adam Zampa is brought on to bowl now.
DRINKS BREAK. A look at the scorecard and it might suggest that Bangladesh are nowhere in this run chase. They need 284 from 198 balls at 8.6 an over and one may think, impossible. But consider this - Australia were 101/0 at this stage. So, nothing much to choose between the two. Bangladesh just have to figure out how to counter Usman Khawaja's attack. There is nothing in the pitch, the ball is not moving and the ground is way too small. Decent partnerships will keep them in the hunt and that one mad knock can probably cause the unthinkable.
By the way, just missed that Marcus Stoinis was called into the attack. Nothing special about that over but Finch will be happy that he has got one extra bowling option. His absence has really hurt the Aussies in the bowling department and his 5-6 overs can take some pressure off the regular bowlers.
Powerplay 2 signalled. Now 4 fielders can be placed outside the 30-yard circle till the 40th over. As Australia have always shown in this tournament, as soon as Powerplay 1 is done, they introduce a spinner. This time, they are not introducing, as Glenn Maxwell has already bowled an over before. Here he comes again.
Review time! Coulter-Nile and Carey reckon that Shakib is plumb in front. Looks to be pitched outside leg though. A gamble by Finch and he takes it. Could be a big wicket if Shakib is dismissed. Well, Ball Tracker shows it to be pitching outside leg. Matter over.
Nathan Coulter-Nile into the attack. 4 bowlers already used by Finch inside Powerplay 1.
Change of ends for Cummins.
Spin inside Powerplay 1. It is going to be Glenn Maxwell.
Shakib Al Hasan walks out at number 3. It was his heroics in the last game that saw Bangladesh chase down the 300-plus total with ease. The ask is even bigger this time and he will have to be the savior once again.
Pat Cummins to bowl from the other end with the second new ball.
We are back for the chase! The Australian players are out and going to their respective position in the field. Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar walk out to start this daunting chase. The first new ball is in the hands of Mitchell Starc. He will start the proceedings. He has two slips in place to begin. Also, it is drizzling.