Australia on charge against Bangladesh, 267 – 5 in 40 overs.
Australia has achieved 267 runs in 40 overs with the loss of five wickets. Michael Hussey is still at the crease with an unbeaten 63 runs in the third ODI being played at Mirpur, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
In the first 20 overs, Australia scored 146 runs for the loss of three wickets. The opening batsmen, Watson and Ponting scored a total of 119 runs. Shane Watson thrashed 72 runs off 40 balls and Ricky Ponting contributed with 47 runs. Australia was on the
attack but the Bangladeshi spinners chipped in with three quick wickets. Abdur Razzak took two wickets while Suhrawadi Shuvo sent one batsman back to the pavilion.
Michael Clarke and Michael Hussey took over the charge and steadily managed the innings with patience and utilized good scoring opportunities. They achieved a fifty runs partnership for the fourth wicket on the fourth ball of the 29th over. Australia’s
200 runs were scored in the 31st over, as Hussey went ahead of Clarke and posted his individual fifty by hammering a four on the last ball of the 34th over. His fifty included 4 boundaries.
Bangladesh Captain, Shakib Al Hasan, used seven bowlers in an attempt to dislodge the partnership and finally managed to send Clarke back to the pavilion. He was clean bowled by total reached 231 runs.
Callum Ferguson joined in and intended to hold one end as Hussey took charge of the situation being the senior partner. Mortaza struck again with the addition of just eight runs in the total and got rid of Ferguson on the second ball of the 38th
over with the aid of Alok Kapali, catching the ball off Ferguson’s bat. Australia’s tail-enders started coming on the pitch. Mitchell Johnson was the first to come into the arena to control the situation with Hussey who had scored 63 runs at the end of the
40th over as Australia managed a total of 267 runs. Johnson continued his assault on the other end and thrashed 24 runs off just 12 balls with two sixes and two fours.
Mortaza and Razzak were the most successful bowlers for Bangladesh, grabbing two wickets each, and Suhrawadi chipped in with a wicket as well.
Australia looks like reaching a total score between 325 – 350 runs in 50 overs which will be a difficult target to achieve for Bangladesh.