Mushfiqur Rahim's gritty century went in vain as Bangladesh went down fighting in chase of 382, to give Australia 48-run victory.
BAN 333/8 in 50 overs: Bangladesh reaches its highest-ever ODI score in a losing cause. Mortaza smacks it into the hands of Maxwell to end the innings. Stoinis with another wicket adding to his prized claim of Shakib earlier on. Aussies win by 48 runs. Australia has five wins now and nearly has a foot in the semis. The chase of 382 proved to be too many in the end but a commendable effort from the Tigers, notching 300-plus in successive matches while batting second.
BAN 326/7 in 49 overs: WICKET! Starc gets another wicket and Mehidy chips it high into the hands of the mid-on fielder. 100 for Mushfiqur! He reaches the landmark with a jab through the covers. A big moment for the little man, who is possibly the shortest player of this World Cup. He is the second Bangladesh player to score a ODI hundred against Australia.
BAN 310/6 in 47 overs: The chase is well and truly over now. Starc comes back and asserts more control with a tidy over. Mushfiqur is still hanging in there and is 14 short of a well-deserved 100.
Not a good day to be Shabbir. Dropped Warner on 9 and missed a run-out chance with the same batsman on 70. He follows that up with a first-ball duck.
WICKET! Coulter-Nile breaks the partnership! Mahmudullah pulls it clean into the hands of the deep square leg fielder. WICKET! Two in two as Shabbir inside edges one on to the stumps first ball.
BAN 300/4 in 45 overs: SMACK! Mahmudullah crunches Cummins over the deep mid-wicket boundary for a massive six! Cummins' quota is over. Two overs of Starc still remain.
BAN 289/4 in 44 overs: Consecutive boundaries from Mahmudullah off Coulter-Nile and the batsman brings up his fifty off 41 balls. 12 from the over.
BAN 277/4 in 43 overs: 100-run partnership between the pair as they take 13 from Cummins much in part to seven runs in wides. Required rate rises up to 15 rpo.
BAN 264/4 in 42 overs: Mahmudullah launches Zampa down the ground for two sixes and the over fetches 15. They still need 118 from 48 balls.
Bangladesh needs 137 from 60 balls. It's a very, very, very difficult ask. If they were chasing 322 again, Bangladesh would have romped to the total. It's 60 runs too many to chase down.
BAN 245/4 in 40 overs: Mushfiqur and Mahmudullah plunder 11 off Zampa.
BAN 226/4 in 38 overs: Mushfiqur ramps Starc over the 'keeper but the over just brings seven runs. The required rate is 13 rpo.
It's time for Starc now. Mushfiqur welcomes him with a crashing square cut as the ball races away to the boundary. Bangladesh isn't done yet, although the required rate is now over 11.5 rpo.
BAN 208/1 in 35 overs: Cummins is back into the attack now. A streaky boundary past Carey gets Bangladesh seven runs from the over. The four gives Mushfiqur his fifty.
Mahmudullah gets Zampa over the third man region for a boundary and 200 is up for Bangladesh at the end of the 34th over.
BAN 194/4 in 33 overs: Mushfiqur and Mahmudullah target Coulter-Nile right after the drinks break. Both batsmen get a boundary each as they get 10 from the over. Bangladesh will need more of that right until the end of the match now.
BAN 184/4 in 32 overs: Australia was two runs ahead at this stage but had nine wickets in hand. The wickets column is what that could hurt Bangladesh's chase today.
BAN 177/4 in 30 overs: Zampa is back for his fifth over. WICKET! Zampa gets a big breakthrough! Traps Liton in front with a googly. The umpire has no hesitation in raising the finger. Liton goes for the review and ball-tracker shows its an umpire's call. Mahmudullah in at No. 6.
BAN 167/3 in 28 overs: Mushfiqur and Liton aren't just content on seeing out this burst from Australia's strike bowlers -- Starc and Cummins. Mushfiqur with a gorgeous cover drive off Starc before Liton smacks back-to-back boundaries off Cummins.
150 up for Bangladesh in the 27th over.
Starc (14) now has the most wickets in the World Cup.
BAN 146/3 in 25 overs: WICKET! A gift for Australia. Tamim chops Starc onto his stumps! Tamim can't believe it, Starc can't believe it. Bangladesh loses its third wicket and in walks Liton Das. Das gets a snorter up first, the ball hitting him flush on his helmet. He is receiving some attention from the medical staff. He is okay to continue after a change in helmet.
BAN 144/2 in 24 overs: Zampa spins it into Tamim likes that! He goes down on one leg and sweeps him with power to the vacant deep square leg region for a boundary. Nine from the over. Run rate reads six rpo.
BAN 120/2 in 21 overs: Tamim pulls Stoinis to square leg for a boundary and off the next ball takes a single to notch up his half-century.
BAN 102/2 in 18.1 overs: OUT. Marcus Stoinis finally snaps the recovery stand by taking out the crucial wicket of Shakib Al Hasan for 41. The left-handed batsman gets a leading edge to David Warner at mid-off. Mushfiqur Rahim is the new man in.
Adam Zampa introduced into the attack after the drinks break. Australia looking for a breakthrough.
BAN 98/1 in 17 overs: Seven runs from Stoinis over with Tamim moving to 42 with a cut past backward point. At the other end, Shakib is unbeaten on 39. Time for drinks break.
The pair brings up the fifty run-stand as the process of rebuilding the massive chase takes off.
BAN 75/1 in 13 overs: The 'dream form' continues! Shakib punches Maxwell over his head for back-to-back boundaries. The second one was even better. 12 from the over.
BAN 53/1 in 10 overs: In between five dot balls, Shakib produces a gorgeous straight drive down the ground off Coulter-Nile. That's the end of the powerplay. Mind you, those dot balls will prove to be crucial if Bangladesh is to pull this off.
BAN 49/1 in 9 overs: Shakib crunches a square cut off Cummins over point for his first four and my colleague shouts 'he is in dream form!'
BAN 41/1 in 8 overs: Starc is taken off the attack and Coulter-Nile comes on. Loud appeal for lbw against Shakib, umpire turns it down The Aussies take a review. The ball is pitched outside leg and Australia loses its review.
Tamim (300) now has the most runs against Australia in ODIs, overtaking former Bangladesh skipper and current selector Habibul Bashar (289).
Tamim Iqbal fans, look away. Tamim Iqbal's batting partners, watch out: Tamim Iqbal is now involved in 27 run outs in ODIs Self r/o: 15 (56%) partner r/o: 12 (44%). 3rd run out for Soumya Sarkar with Tamim being the surviving partner, tweets statsman Mohandas Menon.
Australia turns to... Glenn Maxwell in the sixth over... Off-spin to try tackle the two lefties in the middle could be the thinking.
Read how Warner and Khawaja helped Australia post its third highest ODI total today.
Shakib, who is fresh off two successive hundreds, joins Tamim.
BAN 23/1 in 4 overs: Tamim calls for a quick single but Soumya stops in his tracks. Finch picks it up and strikes down the stumps in one quick motion! Soumya is found short.
The Bangladesh supporters have found their voice now...And it's been doused. WICKET!
BAN 19/ 0 in 3 overs: Soumya whips Starc over the mid-wicket region, gets his first boundary. Starc follows it up by going full, misses his length and ends up being a full toss. Soumya uses the pace to flick it to the fine leg region where Cummins overruns it and lets it go for another boundary.
BAN 9/0 in 2 overs: A good start to the chase for Bangladesh. Tamim with a crisp straight drive down the boundary off Cummins! That should get him going today.
Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar are out in the middle to set the tone for Bangladesh in its chase. Starc with the new ball.
Bangladesh will need a monumental knock from somewhere in its batting order and some to chase this down. The Tigers had chased down 322 in the 42nd over against the Windies. But doing it against the World Champion will take some doing. We will be back in a few minutes for the chase.
AUS 381/5 in 50 overs: Stoinis finishes with a flurry, smacking Fiz for two boundaries in the final over. Australia posts its third highest score in ODIs.
UPDATE: The covers are coming off. Play to resume in 10 minutes and we will have a full match.
This rain-hit World Cup will likely cost a few on the field and many off the field. Read this report to find out why during the break.
In case there is no further play, Bangladesh's target will be 377 in 49 overs. If its a 20-over chase the target will be 195. Reckon, Bangladesh will take the 20-over chase at the moment.
There is a bit of rain coming in. The rains get heavy and the umpire calls for the covers. The players are walking off the field.
AUS 368/5 in 49 overs: Carey pierces the off-side field to get a boundary through the deep cover region. Soumya Sarkar finishes his eight over spell with 3 wickets for 58.
AUS 359/5 in 48 overs: WICKET! Fiz raps Smith with a full toss! Umpire has no hesitation in raising his finger. Smith asks for a review but it doesn't save him. It's three reds and Australia is five down. Alex Carey is the new batsman.
Smith walks in at No. 6 to join Stoinis.
AUS 354/4 in 47 overs: Maxwell pulls Soumya for his third six of the afternoon! WICKET! He is run-out next ball! A mix-up after he french cut the ball to the short fine-leg fielder. Both Maxwell and Khawaja took off but Khawaja stopped in his tracks after he realised he probably won't make it. Rubel takes his time before knocking down the stumps! WICKET! Soumya Sarkar strikes again! Khawaja misses out on his 100. Soumya bowls it short, Khawaja goes for the pull but only ends up getting a bottom edge behind to Mushfiqur.
AUS 346/2 in 46 overs: Brutal from Maxwell on Rubel! He smokes him for 6, 4, 6 off consecutive balls before Khawaja slices him square on the offside for a boundary. 25 runs from the over.
AUS 321/2 in 45 overs: Warner falls! Soumya with another wicket! He digs it in short and Warner's feet is off the ground when he tries to slice it over the circle. his timing if not on the mark this time and couldn't get it past the short third man fielder. Maxwell is in at No. 4.
AUS 309/1 in 44 overs: We are seeing the Warner of old in his surge after scoring 100. Splits the deep mid-wicket and long-on by arrowing a shot right in between them and follows it up with a deft touch between short third man and point for another four off Rubel.
AUS 296/1 in 43 overs: 150 for David Warner! Slaps a Mortaza full toss over deep mid-wicket for a six before taping it to the leg side for a single to bring up the milestone! His sixth 150-plus score in ODIs.
Khawaja is doing a Maxwell here without taking the risks of a Maxwell. He is now on 76 off 64 balls.
AUS 282/1 in 42 overs: 4, 4, 2, 4, 4, 1 Khawaja steals two successive boundaries to the vacant third man region and puts the pressure on the bowler. Another low full toss, this time on his pads and Khawaja has no trouble clipping it to the leg side for a boundary. Rocks onto the back foot and pulls him behind square for another four! 19 off the over!
The Fiz is back on again. He has four overs left.
AUS 263/1 in 41 overs: Warner brings out the switch hit against Shakib! Timed well but only for an one bounce boundary. He then rocks back and muscles one way over the deep mid-wicket boundary for a six! He moves into the 140s.
Right then. 10 overs to. Now would be a good time for Khawaja to make way for Maxwell to come in and do his thing at the death to put a daylight between his team and his opponents. Doubt Khawaja would do that, however.
AUS 250/1 in 40 overs: Warner signals his intention with a lofted straight drive for a six off Rubel!
Warner becomes the first batsman to score 400 runs in this World Cup and is now the leading run-scorer.
AUS 230/1 in 38 overs: 100-run partnership between Warner and Khawaja! Warner with a delicate late cut off Rubel, beats the third man fielder to take the ball to the boundary. Khawaja brings up his fifty with a strike rate of 100.
Bangladesh will do well to restrict Australia anywhere below 350 from here on.
Warner drags a Rubel Hossain delivery onto his box and goes down in pain. Huge cheers from Bangladesh fans. Warner is up again and is okay to continue.
AUS 208/1 in 35 overs: Mortaza brings himself back into the attack and he punishes a short ball by pulling him to the deep mid-wicket region! 200 for Australia in the 35th over.
AUS 190/1 in 32 overs: Davey Warner brings up his century off 110 balls! He takes off his helmet and punches the air in flight!
AUS 165/1 in 29 overs: Soumya had bowled a tight four overs, but Warner smashes two boundaries to plunder 12 runs of his 5th over. He now moves on to 87, nearing his second hundred of the World Cup.
A mix-up in the middle. Khawaja hits it to mid-on and takes off but Warner is in two minds. Sabbir, however, fumbles in his take which allows Warner to scamper through to the other end without much pressure.
AUS: 139/1 in 25 overs: Just as I say that, he flicks Soumya down behind square leg for his first boundary.
Khawaja hasn't looked too comfortable during this World Cup has he? His scores this tournament read: 15, 13, 42, 18, 10.
Khawaja comes in at No. 3. Australia's best batsman Smith held back again. Had pointed this out during Australia's match against Sri Lanka : Smith's best position is No. 3: 2,551 runs in 55 innings at an average of 52.06, with seven hundreds. Khawaja, meanwhile, has batted there 13 times for just 257 runs.
AUS 121/1 in 21 overs: WICKET! The medium pace of Soumya Sarkar does the trick! Finch tries to run it down to third man region but the ball's extra bounce takes a thick edge of Finch's bat and flies into the hands of Rubel at short third man. This is just Soumya's second ODI wicket of his career.
My colleague Hari digs up some numbers on Finch and Warner's opening partnership .
Fifty for Finch too , third fity-plus score on the trot for the Aussie skipper. It's also his eight fifty in 11 innings. Quite a turnaround for him after his troubles against India in both Tests and ODIs earlier this year.
AUS 104/0 in 18 overs: Warner comes down the track, Mehidy gets it to drift into his pads. Loud appeals from the Bangladesh bowlers, but umpire is not interested. Ball-tracker says ball was going down leg side.
The 100-run partnership comes up, second of the tournament for the pair during the World Cup.
AUS 98/0 in 16 overs: Mehidy comes on to bowl and Finch slog sweeps to the leg side for a six and a four. The second one was a huge hit into the longer boundary which eventually fell short of going for a six. The Aussie skipper moves into the 40s now.
Fifty for Warner , his 19th of his ODI career and fourth of the World Cup. After his struggle against Sri Lanka, Warner has roared back here. His fifty coming off just 55 balls.
AUS 83/0 in 14 overs: Crunched! Warner punishes Shakib, first by coming down the track to crash the ball through covers for a four before he went down on one knee to slog sweep a six over deep mid-wicket! Warner is now batting on 48 and this is his highest score against Bangladesh in ODIs.
AUS 53/0 in 10 overs: Australia reaches the fifty-run mark. Not much happening with the ball for the Tigers here. Fifth fifty-run stand between Finch and Warner in six matches in the World Cup.
Bangladesh turns to Shakib's spin inside the powerplay.
AUS 44/0 in 8 overs: Mustafizur bowls short and Warner climbs all over it! He pulls it square for a six!
The Bangladesh opening bowlers haven't troubled Finch and Warner with their pace so far. It was a strange play from Mortaza to start around the wicket against Warner in the first over. Warner had struggled with balls coming across and moving away from him against Sri Lanka, often being squared up when the bowlers bowled from over the wicket.
AUS 27/0 in 5 overs: DROPPED! How costly will that turn out to be? Warner slices a short delivery through the point region where Sabbir drops him! Mortaza is not amused.
AUS 18/0 in 4 overs: Another good over from the Fiz but he errs in his line of the penultimate ball of the over and Warner easily clips it fine for a boundary.
AUS 9/0 in 2 overs: Warner helps himself to a boundary too, punching Mustafizur, with immaculate timing and precision though, through the gap at covers as the ball races to the fence.
Mustafizur Rahman with the new ball from the other end.
AUS 5/0 in 1 over: David Warner gets off the mark with an inside edge off a cross-seamed delivery from Mortaza. Finch gets off a to a roaring start, flicking through square leg for a boundary.
The teams are out in the middle. David Warner and Aaron Finch to start proceedings for Australia while Mashrafe Mortaza is ready with the new ball for Bangladesh.
The teams line up for their National Anthems. Bangladesh's ' Amar Sonar Bangla' first up followed by Australia's ' Advance Australia Fair '.
Finch has been in rousing form of late: 153 (132) against Sri Lanka and 82 (84) against Pakistan.
From Australia's XI today, only Finch, Warner and Smith have batted against Bangladesh in ODIs previously.
While Shakib has been tipped as the man to watch out for today, his numbers in eight innings against the Aussies read 176 runs at an average of 22.
Big shoes to full in Saifuddin for Rubel Hossain today. Saifuddin is the side's leading wicket-taker and is a handy batsman down the order.
Mortaza: 'It's a good wicket, you never know. We are chasing very well in the last few matches. My knees are alright, trying hard, let's see. The boys are confident after that last match. We have got two changes. Mohammad Saifuddin is out because of the back spasm. Mosaddek Hossain hurt his shoulder. So he is out as well. Sabbir Rahman and Rubel Hossain come into the side.'
Finch: 'We are gonna bat first, looks a really good surface. I think we have played well in patches. There have been times we haven't got it right. Still excited to be in this position. Stoinis comes back in the team. We get through the middle overs nicely.'
Finch wins his first toss in England!!
TOSS: Australia wins toss, to bat first. Finch says Stoinis, Coulter-Nile and Zampa come in; Richardson, Marsh and Behrendorff miss out.
Mel Jones with the pitch report: ' There is a tinge of live grass with a few cracks in it. It looks like a belter of a wicket. It's a dry wicket. With the sun out today, the spinners could have a role to play as the day progresses.'
The Aaron Finch-led side is at number two behind table-toppers England, though it also has eight points from five matches. Australia (0.812) are marginally behind the hosts (1.862) when Net Run Rate is taken into account.
Australia will start favourites in Thursday’s clash but a passionate Bangladesh are expected to make life tough for the holders.
The ‘Tigers’ have shown what they are capable of when they comprehensively beat the West Indies, riding on a magnificent 124 not out from all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan.
In the form of his life, Shakib has already hit back-to-back centuries and Australia would still remember that it was he, who had plotted their downfall in Bangladesh’s historic Test victory against them two years ago with a 10-wicket match haul.
Australia played leg-spinner Adam Zampa in their first three matches, winning two of those, but in the last two matches they have not fielded any specialist spinner.
They have used part-timer Glenn Maxwell as their main spinner in the last two matches, with captain Finch also chipping in against Pakistan. Off-spinner Nathan Lyon has not played so far in the tournament.
Bangladesh, on the other hand, are nown to raise their level agianst top seides, Before getting the better of West Indies, they had shocked South Africa by 21 runs in their campaign opener.
With five points from as many matches, Bangladesh have become a contender for the semifinal spot.
Australia v Bangladesh: Carey and co target dangerman Shakib
Australia are wary of the threat posed by Shakib Al Hasan as they prepare to encounter the Cricket World Cup's leading run-scorer at Trent Bridge on Thursday.
The all-rounder has scored 384 in four innings so far, including a pair of centuries in his last two visits, and there is no disguising the fact he is Bangladesh's main threat.
Shakib made 124 not out as the Tigers chased down 322 inside 42 overs to hammer West Indies at Taunton on Monday, a victory that left them just two points adrift of the semifinal spots.
"I think he's in probably career-best form with the white ball," said Australia wicketkeeper Alex Carey of Shakib. "So we sort of know the areas and line and length we want to bowl to him and I guess out there we'll assess the conditions as well.
"No extra planning, I don't think. We normally have our plans going into every game and we assess each player accordingly.
Tournament So Far
Australia have won four games from five to sit in a strong position to reach the semi-finals. Captain Aaron Finch is having a fine tournament with the bat, making 343 in five innings to date.
Bangladesh enter the match with two wins and two defeats plus one no-result due to rain. They cruised to a seven-wicket win over the Windies last time out.
What They Said
Alex Carey: "Obviously Bangladesh are playing some really good cricket at the moment and it's led by Shakib. He's one guy we want to get out early."
Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza: "Shakib is brilliant. The way he's playing, I think we need to support him as well, his team. It's not been a one-man army, but as you said he's been doing outstandingly."
- These two sides have been involved in 19 completed ODIs, with Australia winning 18 of those and losing just once, in Cardiff 14 years ago.
- Australia have won the World Cup more often than any other side (five times) and are looking to win this tournament for the fifth time in their last six attempts; Bangladesh are yet to reach the semi-final stage.
- Steve Smith is set to register his 100th ODI innings for Australia in this match. He has scored 3,674 runs across his previous 99 knocks and heads into this contest on the back of a 59-ball 73 against Sri Lanka.
- Shakib Al Hasan has managed to register 50 runs or more in five successive ODI knocks. No batsman has ever posted six half-centuries on the spin for Bangladesh. Shakib is currently tied for the record with Tamim Iqbal, who made five 50-plus scores in succession in 2012.
All-rounder Marcus Stoinis is now fit to make a comeback for the remainder of Australia’s World Cup campaign having recovered from a side strain but coach Justin Langer is not sure of his immediate return.
Langer said there is no guarantee of Stoinis, who missed the last two World Cup games due to injury, being a part of playing XI in Thursday’s clash against Bangladesh. Stoinis suffered the injury while bowling in the match against India on June 9 which Australia lost by 36 runs.
“We’ve been monitoring him. He’s an elite athlete, he’s an elite professional. He’s done everything possible to get himself fit. He wouldn’t give up the opportunity for anything, would he?” Langer was quoted as saying by Cricket Australia official website cricket.com.au.
“He (Stoinis) is determined, so it doesn’t surprise me with where he’s at now. It’s a credit to him, it’s a credit to the medical staff that are getting him up. So hopefully he can have a real impact on the tournament,” added Langer.
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