Australia rout Bangladesh by 66 runs, sweep series

Published: Thursday, April 14, 2011, 9:57 [IST]
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Australia rout Bangladesh by 66 runs

Mirpur, April 13: A far better batting display from Bangladesh than what the series has seen so far was still not good enough to chase down Australia's mammoth 361/5, as the hosts fell short by 66 runs.

Imrul Kayes top-scored for his side with 93 with support from Shahriar Nafees who notched up 60, but once the former went, there was no one to really carry the innings forward in a forceful manner. Most of the Aussie bowlers came in for some tap, especially Johnson who went for 67 runs off 9 overs, but took three crucial scalps.

Bangaldesh began their innings on a far more positive note than their previous two matches. Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes came out with all guns blazing, smashing Mitchell Johnson and John Hastings all around the park to race to 35/0 in 4 overs.

Iqbal bludgeoned a couple more boundaries before Johnson pegged back his stumps, sending him on his way for 32 off 17 balls. But Imrul Kayes motored on with Shahriar Nafees and in the 7th over, struck Johnson for another four to bring up Bangladesh's 50.

Imrul took on the role of aggressor, smashing Shane Watson for two fours in the 10th over as his side climbed to 71/1. Kayes along with Nafees took Bangladesh past 100 in the 16th over.

Another flurry of fours followed from the bat of Kayes as he brought up his 50 in the 18th over. He then carted Watson for six as the score moved onto 135/1 in 21 overs. Kayes took a single off Clarke to bring up his side's 150 in the 25th over. But five overs later, the batsman had played his last shot when he was caught behind off James Pattinson. He had to walk back for a valiant 93 off 95 balls as the score now read 178/2 in 30 overs.

Soon afterward, Nafees notched up 50, but he had been rather slow, taking 77 balls to reach the mark. Just three overs later he was done in by a slower one from Johnson when he was caught by Watson at sqaure leg for 60 off 86 balls. Bangladesh were 197/3 in 34.4 overs at that juncture. Then captain Shakib Al Hasan's poor run in the series continued when he was dismissed by Watson for 9 as the hosts slumped to 221/4 in 38.1 overs. In the same over Mushfiqur Rahim was out for 1.

Then Alok Kapali and Mahmudulla tried in vain to keep the flame alive till the former was packed off by Johnson for 13 as the score now read a hopeless 270/6 in 47 overs. With Shuvo for company, Mahmudulla took 12 runs off the last over, including two fours, but it was too little too late as the Bangladesh innings closed at 295/6 in 50 overs.

OneIndia Cricket

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