Mirpur, April 9: In the first encounter between Australia and Bangladesh in the three match ODI series, Bangladesh won the toss and elected to field. Mashrafe Mortaza, who missed the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 due to an injury was drafted in to the side and he proved his value by cleaning up Bradd Haddin in his second over of the match.
Haddin managed to score only 10.
Almost 9 years after he last played under a captain other than himself, Ricky Ponting appeared to be in ominous form as he didn't show any signs of being out of form and played as well as he ever did. He cut and pulled with equal ease and also used his feet well to reach to the pitch of the ball. But his innings was cut short after he was run out at a personal score of 34.
Shane Watson, the new vice-captain of the Australian cricket team, who until the fall of Ponting's wicket appeared to be batting steadily, was foxed by Abdur Razzak as the left-arm spinner trapped him LBW in the 14th over of the match. He fell for 37 and Australia were reeling at 90/3 with their top three back in the pavilion.
And then it was left to the new-skipper Michael Clarke and his T20 counter-part to steer the innings and both went about the task with ease. Clarke was the most impressive of the duo and White it appeared was bogged down too much and in the end perished largely due to this uncharacteristic knock of his.
Mike Hussey then joined forces with his skipper and the duo provided some much needed stability interlaced with some aggressive strokes to steer the Australian innings. However Hussey failed to notch a big one and was snapped by Suhrawadi Shuvo. Shuvo bowled impressively to remove Steven Smith and ended with match figures of 3/44 in 8 overs.
Clarke fell soon after his century, but Mitchell Johnson came to the party and showed of his big-hitting skills to score 26 of just 13 balls. He hit two shots to the fence and two above it in his unbeaten cameo that led Australia to a total of 270 in their allotted 50 overs.
For Bangladesh Mortaza snapped two, Razzak one and Shuvo three. Skipper Shakib al Hassan bowled tidily and conceded only 34 of his 10 allotted overs.