Bangladesh fell well short despite Mushfiqur brilliance
Bangladesh suffer 48-run loss against Australia in a high-scoring thriller in Trent Bridge on match number 26 in the World Cup.
Bangladesh would have guessed they are in big trouble right after Australia captain Aaron Finch opted to bat first in a ground which is famous for high-scoring thrillers. It was a no brainer that skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza also wanted to bat first.
The men in yellow started off really well with both the openers in red hot form. Sabbir Rahman, who finally got an opportunity in the starting XI in place of injured Mosaddek Hossain. But he had the worst of starts as he dropped David Warner early.
And who could have imagined how costly that dropped was turning out to be. Staring the innings slowly, Warner accelerated after scoring the 30-mark and with 14 fours & 5 massive sixes, the dashing opener ended up scoring 166 off just 144 balls. It is also the highest individual score in this World Cup so far.
Finch departed to Soumya Sarkar after a well-made 53. Usman Khawaja also chipped on and scored a firing 72-ball 82. Glenn Maxwell came, produced a thunderstorm and left. He hit 25 runs in Rubel Hossain’s over in the death and departed after scoring 32 off just 10 balls. With this firing cameo, Australia ended up scoring a mammoth 381, losing 5 wickets.
In reply, Bangladesh lost Soumya Sarkar early courtesy of a silly run-out. Tamim Iqbal started off steadily and when he was about to accelerate his innings after scoring fifty, Mitchell Starc knocked him down for 62. Bangladesh’s go to man Shakib Al Hasan started off brilliantly yet again, but it was not his day today as he departed for 41.
Mahmudullah scored a firing 69 off just 50 balls while Mushfiqur scored his 6th ODI hundred. However, the Tigers felt short off 48 runs in the end and the dream for top-4 now becomes even more complicated with this defeat.
AUS 381/5 (50.0)
BAN 333/8 (50.0)
Result: Australia won by 48 runs