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AustraIian Institute of Sport v Bangladeshis, Darwin

Khawaja and Hill ensure thumping win

Cricinfo staff

August 25, 2008

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Australian Institute of Sport 1 for 230 (Khawaja 101*, Hill 87*) beat Bangladeshis 9 for 229 (Kapali 62, Sullivan 4-30, Kelly 3-31) by nine wickets

The in-form batsmen Usman Khawaja and Michael Hill were among the runs again as the Australian Institute of Sport crushed the Bangladeshis by nine wickets in the fourth warm-up match. The win was set up by fast bowlers Grant Sullivan and Trent Kelly, who scythed through the Bangladeshi top order to limit the visitors to 229.

Sullivan had the openers, Tamim Iqbal and Mehrab Hossain jnr, out cheaply while Kelly sent back the dangerous pair of Mohammad Ashraful and Shakib Al Hasan. With none of their top five passing 14, the tourists were floundering at 5 for 95 before Alok Kapali made a battling 62 and the lower order chipped in to provide some respectability to the total. Sullivan finished with impressive figures of 4 for 30 from his 10 overs while Kelly took 3 for 41.

Australia's chase never looked in trouble as their openers provided a solid platform with a 74-run stand before Theo Doropoulos was dismissed. The other opener Khawaja and No. 3 Hill were then involved in an unbroken 154-run association to secure their third win in four matches. Khawaja, who made 94 in the previous match, didn't miss out on a century this time, collecting a 101 that featured five sixes. Hill continued his good showing in the tournament, finishing on 87 off 91 balls.

Bangladesh have one more warm-up match, against a Northern Territory Chief Minister's XI, on Wednesday before their three-ODI series starts on Saturday.

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