Australia have moved closer to the World Cup 2019 semi-finals after David Warner powered the reigning champions to a comfortable 48-run win over a competitive Bangladesh with his second century of the tournament.
Toss: Australia captain Aaron Finch won the toss and elected to bat first against Bangladesh in Trent Bridge, Nottingham on Thursday.
First innings: David Warner smashed a sensational 166, his second century of the tournament, to lead Australia to a formidable 381-5. He added 121 runs with skipper Aaron Finch (53) and then raised a 192-run stand with Usman Khawaja (89). Rain halted play with just one over left to be bowled in the Australian innings. After a while, Marcus Stoinis (17) and Alex Carey (11) returned to collect 13 from the last over as Australia posted their second-highest score in World Cup. Soumya Sarkar (3/58) was the pick of the bowlers for Bangladesh.
Second innings: Faced with a daunting task to chase down the massive target, Bangladesh, as expected, took the fight to the rival camp but ended up at 333-8 in their stipulated 50 overs. Mushfiqur Rahim (102 not out), Mahmudullah (69), Tamim Iqbal (62) and Shakib Al Hasan (41) gave their all in the chase but the effort still proved insufficient though the total was their best ever in ODIs. For Australia, Mitchell Starc (2/55) and Nathan Coulter-Nile (2/58) shared four wickets between them.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
Bangladesh should be proud of their efforts. They've been superb & great to watch at the World Cup:
Beat S Africa after scoring 330
N Zealand only beat them by 2 wickets
Scored 280 versus England
Beat W Indies when chasing down a target of 322
Scored 333 against Australia#CWC19
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) June 20, 2019
Australia prevail in a run-fest at Trent Bridge!
714 runs in the game – the most ever in a World Cup match!
Mushfiqur Rahim brought up a terrific century for the Tigers, but in vain.
— ICC (@ICC) June 20, 2019
— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 20, 2019
No. of century partnerships for Bangladesh in World Cups:
— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) June 20, 2019
Played @davidwarner31 💯….
— Herschelle Gibbs (@hershybru) June 20, 2019
Small in size, giant in deed #MushfiqurRahim
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) June 20, 2019