Mirpur, April 9: Australia romped home in the first match of a three-match ODI series, thrashing Bangaldesh comprehensively, by 60 runs. The hosts never looked like they were in the match at any stage, losing wickets up front and then crawling along in the face of some tight bowling from the Aussies. Tamim Iqbal was the only Bangladeshi batsman intent on giving his side a fighting chance with 62 off 89, but Shakib Al Hasan's 51 came off a painfully slow 90 balls and Mushfiqur Rahim's 45 off 61 was just not good enough to take his side anywhere near victory. Five of 7 Aussie bowler used took a wicket each with none of their economy rates passing 4.89.
Bangladesh's innings got off to a poor start. Imrul Kayes struck Brett Lee for the first boundary in the opening over, but in the 3rd was caught behind off the same bowler for 4 and the hosts were 8/1. In just the next over, Mitchell Johnson trapped Shahriar Nafees in front for a duck, reducing Bangladesh to 9/2.
Tamim Iqbal then counter-attacked by knocking two fours off Lee and Shane Watson in the following 8 overs. But Raqibul Hasan, who tried to follow suit with a boundary of Hastings, was snapped up by Watson at short extra cover and Bangladesh were in deeper trouble at 49/3.
Captain Shakib Al Hasan and Iqbal took the score past 50 in the 14th over and pressed ahead. But they couldn't up the flagging run-rate, reaching a mere 90/3 in 25 overs. Two overs later, Iqbal ran a double off Lee to notch up his half-century and one over after that Hasan took a single to bring up Bangladesh's 100.
In the 30th over with the score at a dismal 108/3, Iqbal tried to cut loose. He carted slow-left-armer Xavier Doherty for a six ober midwicket, but three balls later picked out the man in that region and was out for 62 off 89 balls. Bangladesh were 116/4 in 30 overs at that stage, still requiring 165 runs form 120 balls.
But the hosts, with Musfiqur Rahim and Hasan at the crease, continued to totter along, reaching 150 in 41.2 overs. But that was not before Steven Smith had Hasan caught by Watson for 51 off 90 balls. Mamudullah joined Rahim at the crease, but there was little they could do together, except push feebly for the singles. The score crawled on to 166/5 in 45 overs.
With just three overs left, Mahmuduillah smacked Smith for a six and a four as Bangladesh climbed to 191/5 in 48 overs. But it was too little, too late as the hosts fell short of Australia's 270 by 60 runs in the end.