Bangladesh displayed another spirited performance in the ongoing World Cup even though the Tigers lost the match against Australia by 48 runs. Chasing a target of 382, Bangladesh fell short of 48 runs even though they posted their highest ever World Cup total. Mushfiqur Rahim was the star performer with the bat as he scored a brilliant century.
Batting first, Australia had posted 382 for 8 in 50 overs with David Warner shinning with the bat with the knock of 166 runs. His knock played a key role in helping Australia post their second highest total in a World Cup match. This was Warner’s second splendid century in eight days. Usman Khawaja was unlucky to not complete his century as he got out for 89.
As for Bangladesh, they had a good intent right from the word go as they started their run chase. They matched Australia’s scores in the first two power plays, but could not scores an adequate number of runs in the last power play, when Australia had gone for the kill.
Shakib Al Hasan, who has scored two centuries and fifties in the last four World Cup matches, looked set to score more runs against Australia. But he fell for a deceptive slower ball and was caught by Warner on 41. His departure left Bangladeshi fans stunned. Tamim Iqbal and Mahmudullah provided the much-needed stability to shape Bangladeshi innings, this was enough to create history at Trend Bridge.
Bangladeshi are currently placed fifth in the points table, but it seems four semi-finalists are already decided with Australia, New Zealand, England and India likely to qualify for the last four stage.
Australia 381-5 (50 overs): Warner 166, Khawaja 89
Bangladesh 333-8 (50 overs): Mushfiqur 102*, Mahmudullah 69