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#AUSvBAN | Australia scrape past Bangladesh after making tough work of challenging score

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 14 February 2017, 6:00 IST

It was a case of so near and yet so far for Bangladesh as they lost their second successive Super 10's match in the ICC World T20 to Australia in Bengaluru.

After making 156 in the first innings, the Bangladesh bowlers did not get off to a good start, conceding cheap runs by straying in line and length. Usman Khwaja top scored for Australia with a knock of 58, after earning a well-deserved call-up to the Australian cricket team.

The Bangladeshis were let down in the field as well, dropping two simple catches at critical stages in the match. The match would have had a different outcome had the catches been taken, with Australia not reaching their target till the second last over.

The Kangaroos ended the match with only three wickets remaining - a disappointing statistic by their own lofty standards. Even in the 19th over, which was bowled by Shakib al-Hasan, Bangladesh had a run-out opportunity, as well as a simple chance at midwicket which was dropped by Al-Amin Hussain.

Bangladesh next take on India in a must-win game on 23 March, while Australia have their next encounter against Pakistan on 25th March.

First published: 21 March 2016, 11:23 IST
 
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