Bangladesh’s horrific run in the ongoing T20 World Cup has come to an end. After qualifying to the super 12 stage with a lot of effort, the sub-continent team completely failed to sustain the momentum and ended up losing all its matches. Bangladesh has become the only team in Group A to lose all its games and end its campaign with 0 points. Australia had beaten Bangladesh in the latter’s final game by 8 wickets and further improved its semifinal chances.
After showing a dismal performance against South Africa by getting all-out for 84 in its last game, Bangladesh has put on yet another forgettable in this game by getting all-out for just 73 runs. It was a one-sided affair right from the beginning. The Australian bowlers kept taking wickets in regular intervals and never allowed any Bangladeshi batter to settle in the crease. It was Adam Zampa (4-0-19-5) who troubled the opponents a lot and also claimed a fifer. Mitchell Starc (4-0-21-2) and Josh Hazlewood (2-0-8-2) scalped two wickets each. Naim (17) and Shamim Hossain (19) remained the top scorers of the men in green.
It was a good chance for Australia to better their Net Run-Rate and go past South Africa to claim the second position on the points table. Openers David Warner (18) and Aaron Finch (40 off 20 balls) came in with a perfect plan to chase the target of 74 runs as soon as possible. Thus, they went all guns blazing from the beginning. Especially, captain Finch played a breathtaking knock and smacked Bangladeshi bowlers all over the park. He got out in the fifth over and Warner was dismissed in the sixth over but both have done the job for their team by that time. As a result, Australia managed to score 78/2 in just 6.2 overs, with both Mitchell March (16*) and Glenn Maxwell ending things for their team. With an improved Net Run-Rate of +1.031, Australia now claimed the second spot on the points table.
While Bangladesh has ended its World Cup campaign on a disappointing note, Australia will take on West Indies in its last league game.