Australia tour of Bangladesh, 3rd ODI: Bangladesh v Australia at Dhaka, Apr 13, 2011
Australia won by 66 runs
13 April 2011 - day/night match (50-over match)

Hello and welcome to the final ODI between Bangladesh v Australia.

Toss : Australia won the toss and will bat. Pattinson debuts, he's in for Lee. and Paine in for Haddin - The word is that Ponting will open with Watson, though. Tim Paine will bat at 6, so we hear.

Bangladesh changes: Raqibul hasan and Rubel hossain out. mortaza and kapali in.

Pitch Ranil Abeynaike, of Neo Cricket, reckons that "this fresh track will be a touch slow and low in bounce. Fairly docile track. "

0.1

Shafiul Islam to Watson, no run, in the channel outside off and Watson shoulders arms. No four, no six just a dot ball. What has the world come to?

Ponting is the non striker

0.2

Shafiul Islam to Watson, no run, extra bounce on this, around the off stump line, Watson leans forward to defend and it makes contact with the top of the bat and runs to point

0.3

Shafiul Islam to Watson, FOUR, In business. here we go. Short poor delivery outside off and Watto drag-pulls it through midwicket.

0.4

Shafiul Islam to Watson, no run, wide outside the off stump, Watson goes for it but can't connect. Umpire Cloete doesn't call it a wide

0.5

Shafiul Islam to Watson, FOUR, Blasted. He stand and admires. He now moves down the track to do some gardening. It was imperious shot. He went on the front foot, reached out and crashed it through covers. Another shortish delivery

0.6

Shafiul Islam to Watson, no run, Last game he hit everything through leg and Bangladesh are now correcting it by bowling too much outside off. Watson forces this one as well but Mahmudullah makes a diving save at point

End of over 1 (8 runs) Australia 8/0 (RR: 8.00)

    • SR Watson 8 (6b 2x4)
    • RT Ponting 0 (0b)
    • Shafiul Islam 1-0-8-0

Gareth: "For those expecting similar Watson fireworks, don't hold your breath. He averages only 32, with one century, when batting first, compared to 64 when they bat second. Of course, great men care not for statistics."

1.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Ponting, no run, In the channel outside off and Ponting does what he does: That forward lunge and he shoulders arms

1.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Ponting, FOUR, it was the short delivery on the off stump and Ricky swivels to pull it to deep square-leg boundary. Crunched!

Daniel reckons Ponting last opened in a series against India in 2009

1.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Ponting, no run, gets forward, covers the off stump and shoulders arms.

1.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Ponting, no run, dropped by Razzak at midwicket. It was a shortish delivery around of and Ponting goes for the pull and Razzak dives forward but couldn't hold on. It was dying on him. Cue: costly miss and all that jazz

1.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Ponting, 1 run, pushes this to the leg side region for a single

Jordan: "I see what Ponting meant when he said he would try a Tendulkar-like rebirth..." Opening the innings

1.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Watson, 1 run, That front-foot chop down to third man. Typical Watto shot. One run and he retains the strike

End of over 2 (6 runs) Australia 14/0 (RR: 7.00)

    • SR Watson 9 (7b 2x4)
    • RT Ponting 5 (5b 1x4)
    • Mashrafe Mortaza 1-0-6-0
    • Shafiul Islam 1-0-8-0
2.1

Shafiul Islam to Watson, FOUR, Only Brian Close would have called this a Drop catch. Watson smashed this on the up and on the front foot and the bowler put his left hand out but it brushed his finger tips and rushed to the straight boundary

2.2

Shafiul Islam to Watson, FOUR, He reached forward and heaved this slower one to long-on boundary. he didn't quite connect it as well as he would have liked but picks up a boundary nevertheless

2.3

Shafiul Islam to Watson, FOUR, hattrick of fours. This is the best of the lot. No violence this time. he waited on the front foot, opened the bat-face and chopped it past backward point

2.4

Shafiul Islam to Watson, no run, in the zone outside off stump, Watson tries to run it down to third man but doesn't connect

2.5

Shafiul Islam to Watson, no run, wide outside off stump, Watson mistimes the cut to cover

2.6

Shafiul Islam to Watson, FOUR, More violence. Where is the referee? He thrust his front foot and drilled this past Punter. Whack

End of over 3 (16 runs) Australia 30/0 (RR: 10.00)

    • SR Watson 25 (13b 6x4)
    • RT Ponting 5 (5b 1x4)
    • Shafiul Islam 2-0-24-0
    • Mashrafe Mortaza 1-0-6-0

Robbie Cameron: ""Possibly a sign of Michael Clarke showing Ricky who's boss? Good signs for Ponting opening though - he's opened twice before, and made 87* (against Zimbabwe in 1999) and 59 "

3.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Ponting, no run, gets back to defend this to the off side

3.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Ponting, no run, gets back to work this to midwicket. Ponting goes for a stroll to the leg side

3.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Ponting, FOUR, Another poor delivery. Short and down the leg side and Ricky helps it along to the long-leg boundary. He then just has a look at the track. yep, lovely batting pitch this Punter!

3.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Ponting, FOUR, What a lovely lovely shot. Classy. It was a length delivery outside off stump, Ponting glided across to punch it so sweetly on the up and through covers.

3.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Ponting, no run, full in length, Ponting eases this to point

3.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Ponting, SIX, That imperious Ponting pull. He makes it look so easy. He swivelled as soon as he saw the short length and pulled it gracefully over midwicket boundary.

Marcio: "I'm a bit worried. What direction is the wind blowing in BD today? I'm checking the game here on cricinfo from my place in Hong Kong, and I left the car in the drive. Should I run out and put it in the garage while Watson is batting?" Run Marcio Run!

End of over 4 (14 runs) Australia 44/0 (RR: 11.00)

    • RT Ponting 19 (11b 3x4 1x6)
    • SR Watson 25 (13b 6x4)
    • Mashrafe Mortaza 2-0-20-0
    • Shafiul Islam 2-0-24-0
4.1

Shafiul Islam to Watson, 1 run, flicks this past square-leg for a single

4.2

Shafiul Islam to Ponting, FOUR, Oh well its another four. It was a length delivery outside off, Ponting waited and cut it late to left of backward point

Shimmy: "Can you declare as a bowling team ? "

4.3

Shafiul Islam to Ponting, no run, dot ball. Gold! Ponting gets back to defend this to the on side

4.4

Shafiul Islam to Ponting, 1 run, stretches forward and across to drive neatly to right of short extra cover

50 up. This is just the 5th over. Ooh la la!

4.5

Shafiul Islam to Watson, FOUR, tries the slower bouncer. Watto whack-pulls it to the right of backward square-leg fielder (Razzak) who should have made better effort to stop it

4.6

Shafiul Islam to Watson, 1 run, gets forward to on drive it past mid-on for a single

End of over 5 (11 runs) Australia 55/0 (RR: 11.00)

    • SR Watson 31 (16b 7x4)
    • RT Ponting 24 (14b 4x4 1x6)
    • Shafiul Islam 3-0-35-0
    • Mashrafe Mortaza 2-0-20-0

Ahdil: "man...stuff the ipl, this is way better"

5.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Watson, FOUR, Ah! the carnage continues. I am dreading that I am going to run out of adjectives here. This is a shortish delivery on the pads and Watson glances it down to fine-leg

5.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Watson, no run, full in length and straightening on the off and middle, squeezed out to backward point

5.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Watson, 1 wide, wide outside off, Watson chases it but doesn't reach

5.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Watson, 1 run, fetches this from outside off stump, dragged down to long-on

5.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Ponting, no run, wide outside off, on the tramlines, Ponting reaches out to mistime it to cover

5.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Ponting, 1 run, gets forward to ease it to left of mid-on

5.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Watson, FOUR, Thunderous wallop! Watson gets forward and kills this full delivery to the long-off boundary. One bounce and four.

End of over 6 (11 runs) Australia 66/0 (RR: 11.00)

    • SR Watson 40 (20b 9x4)
    • RT Ponting 25 (16b 4x4 1x6)
    • Mashrafe Mortaza 3-0-31-0
    • Shafiul Islam 3-0-35-0

Ram: "Amazing numbers... at 5.2 overs, Mortaza and Ponting had 24 runs off 14 balls (given and scored, respectively) and, Islam and Watson had 35 runs of 18 balls (given and scored, respectively) "

6.1

Shafiul Islam to Ponting, no run, leans forward to squeeze this to point

6.2

Shafiul Islam to Ponting, 1 run, leans forward to drive it back down the track and the bowler makes a half-stop

Maysun: "what have the Bangladeshi fans done to deserve this??"

6.3

Shafiul Islam to Watson, 1 run, slower cutter, worked away to deep midwicket

6.4

Shafiul Islam to Ponting, no run, leans well forward to steer this length delivery to backward point

6.5

Shafiul Islam to Ponting, no run, cuts in towards the middle, from short of length, pushed to mid-on; they think about a single but kill the thought

6.6

Shafiul Islam to Ponting, no run, full in length, on the middle, eased to mid-on

End of over 7 (2 runs) Australia 68/0 (RR: 9.71)

    • RT Ponting 26 (21b 4x4 1x6)
    • SR Watson 41 (21b 9x4)
    • Shafiul Islam 4-0-37-0
    • Mashrafe Mortaza 3-0-31-0
7.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Watson, 1 run, goes hard into this drive and ends up dragging this full delivery from around off stump to long-on

7.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Ponting, no run, slower, well outside off, Ponting goes back and across to cut it to cover point

7.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Ponting, FOUR, Ponting walked down the track and shoved the slower cutter over midwicket for a nonchalant boundary

7.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Ponting, 1 run, threatens to jump out before he stays at the crease and works it past square-leg

7.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Watson, SIX, Murderous blow! He cleared the front foot and crashed the length delivery over long-on

7.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Watson, no run, beaten by the slower one. he is through early into the heave and the ball arrives later and wobbles over the middle stump

End of over 8 (12 runs) Australia 80/0 (RR: 10.00)

    • SR Watson 48 (24b 9x4 1x6)
    • RT Ponting 31 (24b 5x4 1x6)
    • Mashrafe Mortaza 4-0-43-0
    • Shafiul Islam 4-0-37-0

Dale: "can anyone tell me what J Pattinson has actually done in his senior career to warrant selection in this squad??!"

8.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Ponting, no run, comes on slowly off the track and Ponting checks his push to the leg side

8.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Ponting, 1 run, turns this past square-leg for a single

8.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Watson, (no ball) SIX, Not many in the crowd today but Watson is keeping the scarce turnout wary of being attacked with the ball. This one flies into the midwicket stands. He backed away and pulled this no ball over the boundary

Fifty up for Watson. Whadddaplayaaaa

8.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Watson, no run, gets back to turn this to short fine-leg

This wasn't the free hit as the o ball wasn't a overstepping issue but that of fielding infringement.

8.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Watson, no run, quicker one, on the middle and Watson just about manages to stab it off the inside edge clear of the leg stump.

8.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Watson, FOUR, This time he rocks back to cut it hard to the point boundary. Who can stop this man?

8.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Watson, 1 run, retains the strike with a on drive

End of over 9 (13 runs) Australia 93/0 (RR: 10.33)

    • SR Watson 59 (29b 10x4 2x6)
    • RT Ponting 32 (26b 5x4 1x6)
    • Shakib Al Hasan 1-0-13-0
    • Mashrafe Mortaza 4-0-43-0
9.1

Abdur Razzak to Watson, no run, slower in the air, full in length, Watson misses the drive and edges it to his pad

9.2

Abdur Razzak to Watson, no run, floated full outside leg, Watson goes for a big swing over square-leg, misses and it rolls off the pad

9.3

Abdur Razzak to Watson, FOUR, Much fun. Watson gets down on his knee and drags this to the cowcorner- between deep midwicket and long-on

9.4

Abdur Razzak to Watson, 1 run, push-drives this to long-on for a single

9.5

Abdur Razzak to Ponting, 1 run, works this past square-leg for a single

9.6

Abdur Razzak to Watson, 1 run, The slog-sweeping orgy continues. This one has been picked up at deep midwicket.

End of over 10 (7 runs) Australia 100/0 (RR: 10.00)

    • SR Watson 65 (34b 11x4 2x6)
    • RT Ponting 33 (27b 5x4 1x6)
    • Abdur Razzak 1-0-7-0
    • Shakib Al Hasan 1-0-13-0
10.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Watson, no run, well outside the off stump, Watson was gunning for the big hit but checks his shot and reaches out to swat it away

10.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Watson, no run, again well outside the off- this is the plan to Watto- pushed to the off

10.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Watson, 1 run, Yep, that's the plan allright. This one is also well outside off and Watson reaches out and drags it to sweeper cover

10.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Ponting, 1 run, closer to the off and Ricky punches it to sweeper cover

10.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Watson, no run, closer to the off stump this time, full in length and Watson gets greedy and goes for a big swing to the long-on region but edges it to short fine-leg

10.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Watson, SIX, Absolutely thumped! Six on the off side. They kept bowling there at him and this time Watson got close to the ball and whacked it over long-off. Flat-batted thump

End of over 11 (8 runs) Australia 108/0 (RR: 9.81)

    • SR Watson 72 (39b 11x4 3x6)
    • RT Ponting 34 (28b 5x4 1x6)
    • Shakib Al Hasan 2-0-21-0
    • Abdur Razzak 1-0-7-0

Dan: "Since Watson was last dismissed (as of over 10.0) he has scored 250 runs off 130 balls with 27 fours and 17 sixes. The mind boggles!"

11.1

Abdur Razzak to Ponting, no run, gets forward to deflect this to midwicket

11.2

Abdur Razzak to Ponting, no run, leans forward to defend it back to the bowler

11.3

Abdur Razzak to Ponting, 1 wide, wide down the leg side, Ponting fails to connect with the sweep

11.3

Abdur Razzak to Ponting, no run, nudged to the on side, Watson wants the single but is sent back

Just in case you wondering, Bangladesh haven't taken the bowling Powerplay

11.4

Abdur Razzak to Ponting, 1 run, gets back to force this one down to sweeper cover

11.5

Abdur Razzak to Watson, OUT, Watson is out. Will the entertainment end? The crowd roar in delight. It was a nice delivery, much slower through the air and Watson is beaten by the lack of pace. he went for the big slog sweep and missed it completely. The ball landed, winked at him and gently pegged back the off stump.

SR Watson b Abdur Razzak 72 (57m 40b 11x4 3x6) SR: 180.00

11.6

Abdur Razzak to Clarke, FOUR, fuller, on the leg side, Clarke glances it down to fine-leg boundary

End of over 12 (6 runs) Australia 114/1 (RR: 9.50)

    • MJ Clarke 4 (1b 1x4)
    • RT Ponting 35 (32b 5x4 1x6)
    • Abdur Razzak 2-0-13-1
    • Shakib Al Hasan 2-0-21-0

Smudgeon: " Dan why did you have to do that?" Jinx baby jinx!

Bowling Powerplay taken

12.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Ponting, no run, leans forward to work this to midwicket

12.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Ponting, no run, stretches well forward to defend this down the track

12.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Ponting, no run, leans forward to deflect it to midwicket

12.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Ponting, FOUR, moves well outside leg and lifts this delivery over extra cover. The bowler had followed him but Ponting got well outside and went inside-out

12.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Ponting, 2 runs, slower, outside leg, Ponting sweeps it to fine-leg region

12.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Ponting, no run, leans forward and across to defend and it runs off the edge to the leg side

End of over 13 (6 runs) Australia 120/1 (RR: 9.23)

    • RT Ponting 41 (38b 6x4 1x6)
    • MJ Clarke 4 (1b 1x4)
    • Shakib Al Hasan 3-0-27-0
    • Abdur Razzak 2-0-13-1
13.1

Abdur Razzak to Clarke, 1 run, gets well back to punch this to long-off

13.2

Abdur Razzak to Ponting, no run, on the off stump line, carefully dabbed to cover

13.3

Abdur Razzak to Ponting, FOUR, opts for the sweep this time and sweeps well to pick up a boundary to backward-square leg boundary

13.4

Abdur Razzak to Ponting, 2 runs, plays the paddle sweep this time and will collect two runs

13.5

Abdur Razzak to Ponting, no run, quicker on the middle, Ponting backs away to push it to cover

13.6

Abdur Razzak to Ponting, no run, leans forward to defend this to the on side

End of over 14 (7 runs) Australia 127/1 (RR: 9.07)

    • RT Ponting 47 (43b 7x4 1x6)
    • MJ Clarke 5 (2b 1x4)
    • Abdur Razzak 3-0-20-1
    • Shakib Al Hasan 3-0-27-0

Colin: "it seems like the Assies are out feasting. Are the Bangladesh placing the ball on a tee for the Aussies to hit or are they Assies wearing magnify glasses? Better yet, are they bowling a beachball? Symonds would of had a field day!"

14.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Clarke, 1 run, gets back to work this behind square-leg

14.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Ponting, no run, on the leg stump line, lapped around the corner to short fine-leg

14.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Ponting, no run, leans forward to defend to the off side

14.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Ponting, no run, rushes down the track to defend to the leg side

14.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Ponting, no run, on the middle stump line, worked to midwicket

14.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Ponting, no run, gets forward to defend to the midwicket fielder. Tight over

End of over 15 (1 run) Australia 128/1 (RR: 8.53)

    • RT Ponting 47 (48b 7x4 1x6)
    • MJ Clarke 6 (3b 1x4)
    • Shakib Al Hasan 4-0-28-0
    • Abdur Razzak 3-0-20-1

rob Noah: "Colin -- "Assies" ??" tsk tsk!

15.1

Abdur Razzak to Clarke, 1 run, gets back to punch it out to deep cover

15.2

Abdur Razzak to Ponting, no run, leans well forward to defend

15.3

Abdur Razzak to Ponting, OUT, Ponting is not happy but he has to go. It was the full delivery on the middle and Ponting went for the sweep and missed it completely. That looked pretty close unless of course the ball was turning away sharply.

RT Ponting lbw b Abdur Razzak 47 (70m 50b 7x4 1x6) SR: 94.00

Rakesh: "Ponting! Disappointing!"

Drinks break. Will confirm post a replay. Razzak restores the oxygen supply for Bangladesh, and they will enjoy their drinks break, knowing the openers are out.

15.3

Abdur Razzak to Ponting, OUT, Ponting is not happy but he has to go. It was the full delivery on the middle and Ponting went for the sweep and missed it completely. that looked pretty close unless of course the ball was turning away sharply.

RT Ponting lbw b Abdur Razzak 47 (70m 50b 7x4 1x6) SR: 94.00

Drinks break. Will confirm post a replay

Smith is in at No. 4. Slip in place.

15.4

Abdur Razzak to Smith, no run, tossed up on off, defended down the track

15.5

Abdur Razzak to Smith, no run, again full and speared in, now that Watson is gone he is giving it some air. Smith defends.

15.6

Abdur Razzak to Smith, no run, Smith advances, Razzak sees him and drifts it onto leg stump, Smith covers the line and flicks to midwicket

Bang_La: "I have never seen Ponting ever happy with any LBW decision against him. Have you?" Aha.

End of over 16 (1 run) Australia 129/2 (RR: 8.06)

    • SPD Smith 0 (3b)
    • MJ Clarke 7 (4b 1x4)
    • Abdur Razzak 4-0-21-2
    • Shakib Al Hasan 4-0-28-0

Shuvo comes on.

16.1

Suhrawadi Shuvo to Clarke, no run, loopy ball on leg stump, Clarke advances and plays it down the ground

16.2

Suhrawadi Shuvo to Clarke, no run, length ball, straightens from outside off and Clarke pushes it off the back foot

16.3

Suhrawadi Shuvo to Clarke, no run, on the pads, Clarke skips inside the line and flicks to midwicket. The run rate is beginning to look more believable now.

16.4

Suhrawadi Shuvo to Clarke, no run, again pushed back of a length and Clarke pushes into the covers.

16.5

Suhrawadi Shuvo to Clarke, no run, Clarke jumps out, gets to the flight and flicks but can't beat midwicket. I'll eat my hat if this is a maiden.

16.6

Suhrawadi Shuvo to Clarke, 1 run, my hat survives. Clarke comes out and drives through extra cover for a single.

End of over 17 (1 run) Australia 130/2 (RR: 7.64)

    • MJ Clarke 8 (10b 1x4)
    • SPD Smith 0 (3b)
    • Suhrawadi Shuvo 1-0-1-0
    • Abdur Razzak 4-0-21-2
17.1

Abdur Razzak to Clarke, FOUR, uses his feet ,reaches the pitch of the ball and lofts it to wide long-on

17.2

Abdur Razzak to Clarke, 1 run, drives to the off side for a single

17.3

Abdur Razzak to Smith, 1 run, skips down the track and drives to long-off

17.4

Abdur Razzak to Clarke, no run, quickish arm ball , pushed back to the bowler

17.5

Abdur Razzak to Clarke, 1 run, rocks back to punch it to sweeper cover

17.6

Abdur Razzak to Smith, no run, goes down the track and drags it to right of midwicket where a diving stop is made

End of over 18 (7 runs) Australia 137/2 (RR: 7.61)

    • SPD Smith 1 (5b)
    • MJ Clarke 14 (14b 2x4)
    • Abdur Razzak 5-0-28-2
    • Suhrawadi Shuvo 1-0-1-0
18.1

Suhrawadi Shuvo to Clarke, no run, gets back to deflect it to midwicket

18.2

Suhrawadi Shuvo to Clarke, 1 run, moves down the track and works it past square-leg for a single

18.3

Suhrawadi Shuvo to Smith, no run, slower, fuller, on the off stump, pushes it out to the off

18.4

Suhrawadi Shuvo to Smith, FOUR, gets down the track and whips it to wide long-on boundary. Whippy!

18.5

Suhrawadi Shuvo to Smith, no run, jabs this to midwicket. high back lift

18.6

Suhrawadi Shuvo to Smith, OUT, Caught and bowled! He took two steps down the track and ended up chipping it back to the bowler. Greg Mathews murmurs on air, "What a wasted opportunity" Tame dismissal but the bowler has to be given credit for getting the ball to dip

SPD Smith c & b Suhrawadi Shuvo 5 (12m 9b 1x4 0x6) SR: 55.55

End of over 19 (5 runs) Australia 142/3 (RR: 7.47)

    • MJ Clarke 15 (16b 2x4)
    • Suhrawadi Shuvo 2-0-6-1
    • Abdur Razzak 5-0-28-2

Ash Benson: "Can the Aussies declare at 280? Bangladesh won't try and chase anything over 250!"

Chris: "This is boring now - Smith the most over rated Aussie player for a long time"

19.1

Alok Kapali to Clarke, 1 run, low full toss on the pads, flicked away to deep midwicket

19.2

Alok Kapali to Hussey, no run, this one straightens on the middle, jabbed out to the off

19.3

Alok Kapali to Hussey, no run, stays back to push this back to the bowler

19.4

Alok Kapali to Hussey, 1 run, slider outside off, punched out to deep point

19.5

Alok Kapali to Clarke, 1 run, drags this one really short and Clarke pulls this to deep midwicket

19.6

Alok Kapali to Hussey, 1 run, shortish delivery, pulled away for a single

End of over 20 (4 runs) Australia 146/3 (RR: 7.30)

    • MEK Hussey 2 (4b)
    • MJ Clarke 17 (18b 2x4)
    • Alok Kapali 1-0-4-0
    • Suhrawadi Shuvo 2-0-6-1
20.1

Suhrawadi Shuvo to Hussey, 1 run, floated full outside off, driven to right of mid-off

20.2

Suhrawadi Shuvo to Clarke, 1 run, goes down the track and on drives to long-on

20.3

Suhrawadi Shuvo to Hussey, 1 run, leans well forward to steer this through cover point

Naysan: "Where is Fergie?? He should be out in the middle not Smith! Don't need to lose wickets now, still 30 odd overs to left!

20.4

Suhrawadi Shuvo to Clarke, 1 run, gets back to clip this behind square-leg

20.5

Suhrawadi Shuvo to Hussey, 2 runs, drifts to the pads and Hussey glances it to fine-leg region.

20.6

Suhrawadi Shuvo to Hussey, no run, leans forward to defend to the off side

James: "Smith can't just be in the team for his fielding....Wake up selectors."

End of over 21 (6 runs) Australia 152/3 (RR: 7.23)

    • MEK Hussey 6 (8b)
    • MJ Clarke 19 (20b 2x4)
    • Suhrawadi Shuvo 3-0-12-1
    • Alok Kapali 1-0-4-0
21.1

Alok Kapali to Clarke, no run, gets forward to drive it back to the bowler

21.2

Alok Kapali to Clarke, 1 run, low full toss, whipped away to deep midwicket

21.3

Alok Kapali to Hussey, 1 run, Googly! Hussey cuts this to sweeper cover

21.4

Alok Kapali to Clarke, no run, backs away to punch it to sweeper cover

21.5

Alok Kapali to Clarke, 1 run, leans forward to on drive it to long-on

21.6

Alok Kapali to Hussey, 1 run, another googly, fuller this time, dabbed to backward point

End of over 22 (4 runs) Australia 156/3 (RR: 7.09)

    • MEK Hussey 8 (10b)
    • MJ Clarke 21 (24b 2x4)
    • Alok Kapali 2-0-8-0
    • Suhrawadi Shuvo 3-0-12-1

Doogus: "Is this love? Clarke won't bat Paine as opener - it would show up Hads. Love is a beautiful thing..."

22.1

Suhrawadi Shuvo to Hussey, FOUR, Lovely shot. He rushed down the track and caressed an off drive through wide mid-off region

22.2

Suhrawadi Shuvo to Hussey, 1 run, flighted on the middle, on driven to long-on

22.3

Suhrawadi Shuvo to Clarke, no run, on the middle stump line, dabbed to square-leg

22.4

Suhrawadi Shuvo to Clarke, no run, well outside the off stump, cut away to point

22.5

Suhrawadi Shuvo to Clarke, 3 runs, skips down the track and flicks it away to fine-leg region. Mortaza makes a fine diving save there. He lunged forward and back-flicked the ball back into play

22.6

Suhrawadi Shuvo to Hussey, no run, on the off stump line, defended to the bowler

End of over 23 (8 runs) Australia 164/3 (RR: 7.13)

    • MEK Hussey 13 (13b 1x4)
    • MJ Clarke 24 (27b 2x4)
    • Suhrawadi Shuvo 4-0-20-1
    • Alok Kapali 2-0-8-0

Sathish: "Steve Smith is the Australian Ravindra Jadeja."

23.1

Mahmudullah to Clarke, 1 run, push-drives this to long-on

23.2

Mahmudullah to Hussey, no run, gets back to push this back to the bowler

23.3

Mahmudullah to Hussey, 1 run, slower, bit more air, fuller, flicked past square-leg for a single

23.4

Mahmudullah to Clarke, 1 run, stays round the stumps for the righty as well, clipped to deep midwicket

23.5

Mahmudullah to Hussey, 1 run, not all that short but Hussey rocks back to cut to sweeper cover

23.6

Mahmudullah to Clarke, no run, moves down the track and pushes it back to the bowler

End of over 24 (4 runs) Australia 168/3 (RR: 7.00)

    • MJ Clarke 26 (30b 2x4)
    • MEK Hussey 15 (16b 1x4)
    • Mahmudullah 1-0-4-0
    • Suhrawadi Shuvo 4-0-20-1

Brenton: "@ Sathish: Only difference is India wised up and dropped Jadeja..."

24.1

Suhrawadi Shuvo to Hussey, FOUR, plays the reverse sweep and gets the placement superbly. it was a reverse paddle and he hit it well to the right of short third man

Okakaboka: "Smith is amost as bad a batsman as Hilditch. The last leg spinner who batted this bad for Australia was Jim Higgs!"

24.2

Suhrawadi Shuvo to Hussey, 1 run, tickles this to right of short third man again - not a reverse sweep, he steered this one- fielded

24.3

Suhrawadi Shuvo to Clarke, 1 run, sashays down the track and off drives to long-off

24.4

Suhrawadi Shuvo to Hussey, 1 run, flighted full outside, on driven to long-on

24.5

Suhrawadi Shuvo to Clarke, no run, from round the stumps, around off, punched to Shakib at short extra cover

24.6

Suhrawadi Shuvo to Clarke, 1 run, slower, flighted, fuller, and Clarke gets into his comfort zone - down the track and drives it to long-on

End of over 25 (8 runs) Australia 176/3 (RR: 7.04)

    • MJ Clarke 28 (33b 2x4)
    • MEK Hussey 21 (19b 2x4)
    • Suhrawadi Shuvo 5-0-28-1
    • Mahmudullah 1-0-4-0

Joy: "3 Reasons why David Hussey is a much better choice than Steve Smith:-

a) Hussey is anyday a better batsman & can do both - build an innings as well as finish an innings. Smith can do none. b) Hussey can bowl useful off-spin which is much better than Smith's so-called leg spin. Also, off-spin will be more effective against 4-5 left handed batsmen of B'desh. c) Hussey is under-rated while Smith is over-rated."

25.1

Mahmudullah to Clarke, 1 run, on driven again for yet another single

25.2

Mahmudullah to Hussey, no run, leans forward to dab this to short midwicket

25.3

Mahmudullah to Hussey, 1 run, stretches forward to push this wide of cover for a single

25.4

Mahmudullah to Clarke, 1 run, stays back to punch it to long-off for a single

25.5

Mahmudullah to Hussey, no run, goes down the track and pushes it back to the bowler

25.6

Mahmudullah to Hussey, no run, slightly short in length, cut to backward point

End of over 26 (3 runs) Australia 179/3 (RR: 6.88)

    • MEK Hussey 22 (23b 2x4)
    • MJ Clarke 30 (35b 2x4)
    • Mahmudullah 2-0-7-0
    • Suhrawadi Shuvo 5-0-28-1

Meety: "LOL! @Okakaboka- loved the Higgs mention! Seriously though, it was only a couple of years ago that Oz played a spare parts player who bowled a bit of left arm chinamen & batted a bit & flashed his tongue around! Brad Hogg - won 2 world Cups!!!"

26.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Clarke, 1 run, stays well back to punch this to long-off for a single

26.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Hussey, no run, on the middle and off line, turned to midwicket

26.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Hussey, no run, on the pads, turned to square-leg

26.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Hussey, FOUR, floated on the leg stump line, swept away to the square-leg boundary

26.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Hussey, 1 run, rotates the strike with an on drive to long-on

26.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Clarke, no run, slower, turning away, cut to extra cover

End of over 27 (6 runs) Australia 185/3 (RR: 6.85)

    • MJ Clarke 31 (37b 2x4)
    • MEK Hussey 27 (27b 3x4)
    • Shakib Al Hasan 5-0-34-0
    • Mahmudullah 2-0-7-0
27.1

Mahmudullah to Hussey, 1 run, works this through wide midwicket for a single

27.2

Mahmudullah to Clarke, no run, gets forward to work it to midwicket

27.3

Mahmudullah to Clarke, 1 run, retreats further back inside the crease, pulled away to deep midwicket

27.4

Mahmudullah to Hussey, no run, gets forward to push this back to the offie

27.5

Mahmudullah to Hussey, 1 run, turns away from the off stump, Hussey works it away to sweeper cover

27.6

Mahmudullah to Clarke, no run, moves down the track, doesn't reach the pitch of the ball and blocks it towards midwicket

End of over 28 (3 runs) Australia 188/3 (RR: 6.71)

    • MJ Clarke 32 (40b 2x4)
    • MEK Hussey 29 (30b 3x4)
    • Mahmudullah 3-0-10-0
    • Shakib Al Hasan 5-0-34-0

Arnab: "resent the "bits parts player" mention of hogg! he was a worldclass chinamen for the limited overs stage, and had a deserving record! his flipper was killer and he gave the ball a good rip"

28.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Hussey, 1 run, yet another single down to long-on. Milkmen at work here

28.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Clarke, 1 run, And now through covers. risk-free

28.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Hussey, 1 run, gets back to steer this to sweeper cover.

28.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Clarke, 1 run, The singles keep coming. This one has been milked through to deep cover

28.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Hussey, 1 run, Cut away to deep point. One more. Easy as easy gets.

28.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Clarke, no run, Dot ball. Punched straight to short extra cover

End of over 29 (5 runs) Australia 193/3 (RR: 6.65)

    • MJ Clarke 34 (43b 2x4)
    • MEK Hussey 32 (33b 3x4)
    • Shakib Al Hasan 6-0-39-0
    • Mahmudullah 3-0-10-0

Aaron: "Brad Hogg a spare parts player?!?!?! Brad Hogg has 156 ODI wickets at 27 each. Brad Hogg could out bowl Steve Smith with his tongue tied behind his back."

29.1

Mahmudullah to Hussey, 1 run, Another cut. Another single. Australia skip along

29.2

Mahmudullah to Clarke, 1 run, on the pads, flicked away to deep midwicket

29.3

Mahmudullah to Hussey, 1 run, moves down the track and drives to long-off

29.4

Mahmudullah to Clarke, 1 run, slightly short and Clarke pulls it away to deep square-leg for a single

29.5

Mahmudullah to Hussey, no run, drifts in on the off and middle, full, driven to cover

29.6

Mahmudullah to Hussey, 1 run, opens his stance to drag the short ball to deep midwicket

End of over 30 (5 runs) Australia 198/3 (RR: 6.60)

    • MEK Hussey 35 (37b 3x4)
    • MJ Clarke 36 (45b 2x4)
    • Mahmudullah 4-0-15-0
    • Shakib Al Hasan 6-0-39-0

Jez: "Question to those spruiking Hussey: Will he be playing in the next World Cup at 37/38? Why then not give a 24 year-old a go up the order in a dead rubber against Bangladesh?"

30.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Hussey, 1 run, works this to fine-leg region for a single

30.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Clarke, 2 runs, gets well back to cut this to right of sweeper cover

30.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Clarke, 1 run, leans well forward to drive it to long-off

Clarke holds his back after he finished that shot. He is now doing some stretches

30.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Hussey, no run, moves down the track, doesn't get to the pitch of the ball and lunges forward to defend

30.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Hussey, FOUR, Shakib errs on length this time. Too full and Hussey unfurls the sweep shot. Powerful.

30.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Hussey, 1 run, pulls this to deep midwicket for a single

End of over 31 (9 runs) Australia 207/3 (RR: 6.67)

    • MEK Hussey 41 (41b 4x4)
    • MJ Clarke 39 (47b 2x4)
    • Shakib Al Hasan 7-0-48-0
    • Mahmudullah 4-0-15-0

Adrian Meredith: "LOL Brad Hogg was a part-time spinner who was miles behind both Shane Warne and Stuart MacGill. While Hogg did okay in ODIs towards the end of his career, he is half the bowler of Andrew Symonds, let alone Steve Smith. Hogg was slaughtered by decent players of spin."

31.1

Mahmudullah to Hussey, 1 run, gets back to cut this one for a single

31.2

Mahmudullah to Clarke, no run, tries to punch this to the off side but the slowness of the ball meant he edged it to the on side

31.3

Mahmudullah to Clarke, no run, on driven to the right of Mahmudullah who makes a diving stop

31.4

Mahmudullah to Clarke, 1 wide, slips in a wide down the leg side

31.4

Mahmudullah to Clarke, no run, pulls but Shakib dives to his right at square-leg. Fine stop

31.5

Mahmudullah to Clarke, 1 run, nudges this towards Shakib for a quick single.

31.6

Mahmudullah to Hussey, 1 run, tossed up full, driven down to long-on

End of over 32 (4 runs) Australia 211/3 (RR: 6.59)

    • MEK Hussey 43 (43b 4x4)
    • MJ Clarke 40 (51b 2x4)
    • Mahmudullah 5-0-19-0
    • Shakib Al Hasan 7-0-48-0

Dave: "@Arnab & Aaron: The point is our 'bit-part' players used to be world class! Now we would kill for another Hogg. I blame AFL, all the best athletes in Australia are wasting their lives playing a sport the rest of the world couldn't care less about..."

32.1

Abdur Razzak to Hussey, no run, slowish turn back into Hussey who taps it towards Clarke

32.2

Abdur Razzak to Hussey, 1 run, leans forward to drive this wide of midwicket for a single

32.3

Abdur Razzak to Clarke, no run, moves down the track and edges it to the bowler

32.4

Abdur Razzak to Clarke, 2 runs, slips this to the leg side, worked away through backward square-leg region

32.5

Abdur Razzak to Clarke, 1 run, slightly slow, stops on Clarke who reaches out, adjusts to the lack of pace and cuts to sweeper cover

32.6

Abdur Razzak to Hussey, 1 run, Hussey pulls but Mortaza is there at deep midwicket.

End of over 33 (5 runs) Australia 216/3 (RR: 6.54)

    • MEK Hussey 45 (46b 4x4)
    • MJ Clarke 43 (54b 2x4)
    • Abdur Razzak 6-0-33-2
    • Mahmudullah 5-0-19-0

David: "I agree with Jez but Steven Smith is not that 24yr old. I would see Uzzie Khawaja, Michael Hill or even Warner given that opportunity"

33.1

Mahmudullah to Hussey, no run, turns from the off stump line, pushed to cover

33.2

Mahmudullah to Hussey, 1 run, fuller, just outside off and hussey square drives for a single

33.3

Mahmudullah to Clarke, no run, slower off break from round the stumps, defended on the front foot

33.4

Mahmudullah to Clarke, 1 run, gets back to clip this to deep midwicket for a single

33.5

Mahmudullah to Hussey, no run, on the off stump line, chopped away back down the track

33.6

Mahmudullah to Hussey, FOUR, 50 up for Hussey. Run a ball. This one was short and Hussey wallops it over midwicket.

End of over 34 (6 runs) Australia 222/3 (RR: 6.52)

    • MEK Hussey 50 (50b 5x4)
    • MJ Clarke 44 (56b 2x4)
    • Mahmudullah 6-0-25-0
    • Abdur Razzak 6-0-33-2
34.1

Abdur Razzak to Clarke, 1 leg bye, run out missred goes for the pull but misses. The ball turns to hit the thigh and runs to backward point region. Hussey calls Clarke for a single and they rush across to make it just in time to beat the throw at the non striker's end. Razzak didn't collect the throw cleanly and broke the stumps with bare hands.

34.2

Abdur Razzak to Hussey, no run, leans forward to push this to the off

34.3

Abdur Razzak to Hussey, no run, reverse sweeps this but straight to short third man

34.4

Abdur Razzak to Hussey, FOUR, Crashes this to deep square-leg boundary with a powerful sweep shot. It was outside the leg stump line

34.5

Abdur Razzak to Hussey, 1 run, slower, flighted, just outside off, squeezed past backward point

34.6

Abdur Razzak to Clarke, 1 run, gets well back to punch this to long-on for a single

End of over 35 (7 runs) Australia 229/3 (RR: 6.54)

    • MJ Clarke 45 (58b 2x4)
    • MEK Hussey 55 (54b 6x4)
    • Abdur Razzak 7-0-39-2
    • Mahmudullah 6-0-25-0

Batting Powerplay has been taken

Dan: "Khawaja cant even make the NSW limited overs side, so he is clearly not ready for this level of the game. I would rather back a Matthew Wade/Tim Paine for a regular spot right now...up the order, and have Ponting bat at 6, hussey at 7"

James: "No one has even mentioned Dan Christian! Perfect fit to replace Smith in my opinion. Big hitter, decent bowler. All you need down at the number 7 slot."

Gav: "@ David: Ah! Another mindless NSW/Victorian. Michael Hill? Really? Are you brain dead? There are plenty of better players from the other states who never look like getting a go. Coulter-Nile, Lynn, S Marsh, Bailey, Faulkner, Butterworth. " Tsk tsk.. no name calling please!

Frank: "@dave, yes how stupid of the young cricketers and afl players to choose the the game THEY love(afl) and play for fun rather than the game the rest of the world loves"

Scott: "@ Dave - yes but that sport (Aussie Rules) is the most popular in Australia, much like gridiron in the USA. Doesn't make it any less important!"

Batting Powerplay has been taken

35.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Clarke, no run, full delivery, the slow yorker, outside off, Clarke lets it go

35.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Clarke, 2 runs, moves outside leg and heaves this through mid-on. he doesn't time it well and that allows them to come back for the second

35.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Clarke, no run, fullish, hint of inswing and it beats Clarke's attempt to flick and raps the pad. going down leg, though

35.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Clarke, OUT, Clatter! Mortaza has knocked out the off stump. The Batting Powerplay strikes. It was the full delivery, just short of the blockhole, on the off stump line, Clarke shuffled across and went for the big across-the-line swing. Mistake. No wood on leather but the opposite.

MJ Clarke b Mashrafe Mortaza 47 (90m 62b 2x4 0x6) SR: 75.80

Ryan: "please not dan christian.. we have enough bit part players in the team with john hastings and steve smith.. we have one great allrounder thats enough! lets stick to SPECIALISTS! get fergy a spot, marsh and perhaps warner ! ponting give up ODI's prolong your test career where we so desperately need you!"

35.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Ferguson, no run, full in length, on the middle, defended to the on side

35.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Ferguson, 1 leg bye, Shout for lbw. Mortaza thinks its pad first. VB Chandrasekhar, on air, thinks its close. Let's see on the replay. it was the full delivery on the off stump line and Ferguson was very late in getting forward to defend. Was it pad first? Or bat first? Replays please

End of over 36 (3 runs) Australia 232/4 (RR: 6.44)

    • CJ Ferguson 0 (2b)
    • MEK Hussey 55 (54b 6x4)
    • Mashrafe Mortaza 5-0-45-1
    • Abdur Razzak 7-0-39-2
36.1

Shafiul Islam to Ferguson, 1 run, moves in to the off stump line, Ferguson plays it very late and pushes it to extra cover. They rush for the single. Direct hit at the non striker's end but he is home

36.2

Shafiul Islam to Hussey, 1 run, overpitched on the legs, flicked away for a single

Replays in. It was pad first but perhaps just marginally outside off. Or so it looked.yep, just outside off

36.3

Shafiul Islam to Ferguson, 1 run, pushed away to extra cover for a single

36.4

Shafiul Islam to Hussey, 1 run, low full toss on the boot, flicked away for a single

Andy G: " Khawaja is playing for NSW in Limited overs he made a 100 for them at north sydney oval which won the game for them"

36.5

Shafiul Islam to Ferguson, 1 run, driven to mid-off where Nafees makes a diving half-stop to his left

36.6

Shafiul Islam to Hussey, 1 run, goes for the yorker, misses the blockhole, flicked away to deep midwicket

End of over 37 (6 runs) Australia 238/4 (RR: 6.43)

    • MEK Hussey 58 (57b 6x4)
    • CJ Ferguson 3 (5b)
    • Shafiul Islam 5-0-43-0
    • Mashrafe Mortaza 5-0-45-1
37.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Hussey, 1 run, slower one, fullish, eased to long-off for a single

37.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Ferguson, OUT, Another one goes down in the batting Powerplay and wicket no 150 for Mortaza Congrats sir. It was the full delivery and it was hit straight to mid-off. Fergy has combusted.

CJ Ferguson c Alok Kapali b Mashrafe Mortaza 3 (8m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

daniel: "AFL? Oh, that used to be VFL right? You'll have to forgive me. I'm from Newcastle, only Australia's 6th largest city, there aren't enough of us here for that popular Australian sport to bother to put on a game. Of course, we only get one state cricket game a year too..."

37.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Johnson, no run, in the zone outside off, angling away and Mitch is beaten, poking at it

37.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Johnson, no run, lovely delivery, cutting away from Mitch, who is beaten again.

37.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Johnson, no run, beaten by the slower one this time. Supah over so far. Mitch was too early into his big shot and the ball gently wobbled past him

37.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Johnson, 1 run, on the middle stump, full in length, looking for the lbw, mitch dabs it to right of cover

End of over 38 (2 runs) Australia 240/5 (RR: 6.31)

    • MG Johnson 1 (4b)
    • MEK Hussey 59 (58b 6x4)
    • Mashrafe Mortaza 6-0-47-2
    • Shafiul Islam 5-0-43-0

Smudge from UK: "Judging by all this antipodean hand wringing you would think Australia were in dire straits rather than 237/4 in the 38th and 2-0 up."

38.1

Shafiul Islam to Johnson, FOUR, Smashed to the straight boundary. Mitch brought the bat down in a hurry and knifed through the line.

38.2

Shafiul Islam to Johnson, no run, shortish ball outside off, Mitch is very eager to pull but goes too hard at it and misses. Hussey walks over for a chat

38.3

Shafiul Islam to Johnson, 1 run, fuller, outside off, dragged down to long-on

38.4

Shafiul Islam to Hussey, 1 run, very full, straight, eased to long-off for a single

38.5

Shafiul Islam to Johnson, 1 run, backs away but mistimes this towards mid-off. He made contact with the toe end of the bat and Mitch inspects the damage.

Doogus: "Clarke as capt is rubbish. Seriously, a dead rubber and batting Paine/Fergy after Smith/Hussey. The Oz team has become a team for the 'boys' "

38.6

Shafiul Islam to Hussey, 1 run, shortish, pulled away for a single

Rob: "I do think Dan Christian deserves a chance, but he is vying for the spot with Hastings, not Smith. Smith still deserves a better run, since he is too talented to continue to have modest return."

End of over 39 (8 runs) Australia 248/5 (RR: 6.35)

    • MEK Hussey 61 (60b 6x4)
    • MG Johnson 7 (8b 1x4)
    • Shafiul Islam 6-0-51-0
    • Mashrafe Mortaza 6-0-47-2

Robbie: "Where's Paine?!?!? What's the point in giving him a game if you're gonna bat him in the tail?"

39.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Hussey, 1 run, slower cutter angling away from Hussey who dabs it to backward point for a single

39.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Johnson, 1 run, leans forward to scoop this short of extra cover. Mushfiqur holds his head. It almost carried to the fielder

Ryan: "@Smudge, it's just because we failed to win the world cup! Being knocked out by the champions isn't good enough for us. Even making the final isn't good enough for us. We expect to win everything, and it frustrates us because we have an abundance of good cricketers. The world tells us that we aren't any good any more. They just don't realise how inept our selector's are!"

39.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Hussey, 1 run, another slower one outside off, nudged to short third man region

39.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Johnson, FOUR, Big swing and he connects. It was the full delivery on the off stump line and Mitch swings it to the midwicket boundary.

39.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Johnson, SIX, Crunchy. Meaty. Yummy! Mitch backed away to the leg side and crashed this full delivery over long-off.

39.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Johnson, SIX, And again. He has hammered this one. He moved outside leg and Mortaza, who had bowled couple of very good overs in this spell, again offers a full-pitched hit-me delivery. Mitch has crashed it over long-off

End of over 40 (19 runs) Australia 267/5 (RR: 6.67)

    • MG Johnson 24 (12b 2x4 2x6)
    • MEK Hussey 63 (62b 6x4)
    • Mashrafe Mortaza 7-0-66-2
    • Shafiul Islam 6-0-51-0
40.1

Shafiul Islam to Hussey, 2 runs, reaches outside off and cuts the short-of-length delivery wide of sweeper cover

40.2

Shafiul Islam to Hussey, SIX, Supah pull! Stylish and effective. He swivelled off the front foot and unfurled a nonchalant pull shot over square-leg boundary.

The camera pans to a cute baby in the crowd and he (she?) yawns. Oh well.

40.3

Shafiul Islam to Hussey, 1 run, fullish delivery on the middle, driven to long-off

40.4

Shafiul Islam to Johnson, FOUR, full and well outside off and Mitch reaches out to squeeze it - edged away- to third man boundary

40.5

Shafiul Islam to Johnson, 1 run, slower cutter, outside off, dragged down to long-on

40.6

Shafiul Islam to Hussey, 1 run, flicked away for a single

Olly: "Johnson is up the order for this reason and it works well like a DH in baeball, comes in gets the ball away. Another strong move from Clarke I like the way he captans and the rest of australia should too he is attacking regardless of opposition."

End of over 41 (15 runs) Australia 282/5 (RR: 6.87)

    • MEK Hussey 73 (66b 6x4 1x6)
    • MG Johnson 29 (14b 3x4 2x6)
    • Shafiul Islam 7-0-66-0
    • Mashrafe Mortaza 7-0-66-2

Skyy: "Maybe Clarkie thought the dual leftie combination would work with these bowlers? I think he's a very innovative captain and we should give him more than a chance to show it."

41.1

Mahmudullah to Hussey, 1 run, gets back to clip this through midwicket

41.2

Mahmudullah to Johnson, no run, slow off break from round the stumps, pushed out to cover

41.3

Mahmudullah to Johnson, 1 run, slightly slower, full in length, forced away to deep cover

41.4

Mahmudullah to Hussey, 1 run, turns away from the off, dabbed to backward point

41.5

Mahmudullah to Johnson, 1 run, slightly short in length, dragged down to long-on. Mitch isn't happy; he knows he should have pulled it wider

41.6

Mahmudullah to Hussey, 1 wide, slips a wide down the leg side

41.6

Mahmudullah to Hussey, 1 run, drifts in towards middle, on driven to long-on

End of over 42 (6 runs) Australia 288/5 (RR: 6.85)

    • MEK Hussey 76 (69b 6x4 1x6)
    • MG Johnson 31 (17b 3x4 2x6)
    • Mahmudullah 7-0-31-0
    • Shafiul Islam 7-0-66-0

Hasan: "Why Alok Kapali is not bowling? He bowled only 2 overs & gave 8 runs. Outstanding.. Thn??"

42.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Hussey, no run, fullish delivery, almost an yorker, dug out back to the bowler

42.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Hussey, 1 run, gets forward to straight drive past the bowler for a single

42.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Johnson, 1 run, low full toss outside off and Mitch as ever doesn't lean fully into his forward drives and again makes contact with the bottom of the bat

42.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Hussey, 1 leg bye, on the pads, rolls away for a leg bye

Riss: "@Olly - a Designated Hitter has a permanent place in a baseball batting line-up, you can't promote him up the order during a game, Johnson is being used more like a PH - pinch hitter."

42.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Johnson, 2 runs, full and straight, driven straight to long-on. Just a single.

42.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Johnson, 1 run, full pitched well outside off, sliced out to sweeper cover

End of over 43 (6 runs) Australia 294/5 (RR: 6.83)

    • MG Johnson 35 (20b 3x4 2x6)
    • MEK Hussey 77 (72b 6x4 1x6)
    • Mashrafe Mortaza 8-0-71-2
    • Mahmudullah 7-0-31-0

Doogus is back: "@Sky and Olly - guess that explains why a quality opener is batting at No.8 or why Smith was elevated. Especially when Fergy/Paine are the future of Oz batting"

43.1

Mahmudullah to Johnson, FOUR, Inside edge! It kept a touch low outside off and Mitch doesn't quite get into a good position to cut. His weight was falling back as he tried to reach out wit ha cut. Profitable inside edge takes it to fine-leg boundary, thoug

43.2

Mahmudullah to Johnson, 1 run, fetches it from outside off and drills it to long-on

43.3

Mahmudullah to Hussey, 1 run, turns away from the off stump, stabbed to backward point

43.4

Mahmudullah to Johnson, 1 run, well outside off, turning away, cut away to left of sweeper cover

43.5

Mahmudullah to Hussey, no run, gets forward and drives straight to cover

43.6

Mahmudullah to Hussey, 1 run, presses back to cut to deep cover region

Priyam: "I wonder what positives either team can take from this series. For Bangladesh this series is a nightmare. For Australia White, Smith and Ferguson all have disappointed. Players who have scored are players who are established."

End of over 44 (8 runs) Australia 302/5 (RR: 6.86)

    • MEK Hussey 79 (75b 6x4 1x6)
    • MG Johnson 41 (23b 4x4 2x6)
    • Mahmudullah 8-0-39-0
    • Mashrafe Mortaza 8-0-71-2

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44.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Hussey, SIX, Boshed! He went down on his knee and swung this low full toss over midwicket.

44.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Hussey, no run, yorker length outside off and Hussey can't get bat to ball

Hasan: "Are they trying to finish off the career of Mortaza? Doesn't Shakib like him?" Conspiracy theories!

44.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Hussey, 1 run, drives this to long-off for a single

44.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Johnson, OUT, Holes out to deep midwicket. Mitch show is over. It was a length delivery on the middle and Mitchell Johnson slogged it straight to deep midwicket.

MG Johnson c Imrul Kayes b Mashrafe Mortaza 41 (35m 24b 4x4 2x6) SR: 170.83

Saju: "Either Shakib is not capable for captaincy or he just want to destroy Mortaza giving him the ball again."

44.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Hussey, 1 run, leans forward to drive to long-off

Dan S: "@Priyam - Ferguson's had 1 game! a bit harsh to say he's disappointed. Smith or White should've made way for him a long time before this series started though"

44.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Paine, 1 run, leans forward to on drive this for a single

End of over 45 (9 runs) Australia 311/6 (RR: 6.91)

    • TD Paine 1 (1b)
    • MEK Hussey 87 (79b 6x4 2x6)
    • Mashrafe Mortaza 9-0-80-3
    • Mahmudullah 8-0-39-0

Amar: "This is clearly not Mortaza's day. I wonder whether Shakib's reason for showing so much 'faith' in Mortaza by giving him over after over is due to some non-cricketing reasons. Either way, NOT COOL, Shakib."

45.1

Mahmudullah to Paine, 1 run, gets back to clip this to deep midwicket

Cricinfo's stat-man Madhu: "If Michael Hussey gets to a century, it will be his first after his 105 against New Zealand in Feb 2007. He was the captain in that game in Auckland which New Zealand won by five wickets after chasing down a target of 337."

45.2

Mahmudullah to Hussey, 1 run, rushes down the track and drives to long-on

45.3

Mahmudullah to Paine, 1 run, turns in to middle stump line, pushed down to long-on

45.4

Mahmudullah to Hussey, 1 run, gets back to cut this to sweeper cover for single

45.5

Mahmudullah to Paine, no run, spins in, moves past the attempted leg-side whip and hits the pad. It was missing the leg stump.

45.6

Mahmudullah to Paine, 1 run, gets forward to on drive to long-on

End of over 46 (5 runs) Australia 316/6 (RR: 6.86)

    • TD Paine 4 (5b)
    • MEK Hussey 89 (81b 6x4 2x6)
    • Mahmudullah 9-0-44-0
    • Mashrafe Mortaza 9-0-80-3
46.1

Abdur Razzak to Paine, 2 runs, paddles it around the corner for couple of runs

46.2

Abdur Razzak to Paine, 1 run, short and wide, cut away to sweeper cover

46.3

Abdur Razzak to Hussey, 1 run, plays the sweep shot to rotate the strike

46.4

Abdur Razzak to Paine, OUT, loud cry for lbw and the ump has raised the finger. He went for a reverse sweep but missed.

TD Paine lbw b Abdur Razzak 7 (8m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 87.50

Syed: "I wonder why Kapali is used for only 2 overs where his economy rate is 4. Same thing happens with Mahmudullah quite often."

Kamrul: "@ Amar : you are absolutely correct..shakib is trying to prove Mash's incapability on the field..poor guy !! dont forget mash is the real captain of BD"

46.5

Abdur Razzak to Hastings, no run, gets back to defend to the on side

46.6

Abdur Razzak to Hastings, no run, around that off stump line, pushed out to cover

End of over 47 (4 runs) Australia 320/7 (RR: 6.80)

    • JW Hastings 0 (2b)
    • MEK Hussey 90 (82b 6x4 2x6)
    • Abdur Razzak 8-0-43-3
    • Mahmudullah 9-0-44-0

Graeme: "@Amar and co. What is Shakib supposed to do? He can't bowl left arm orthodox bowlers against two left-handers so capable of hitting out the leg-side of the park. So his choice is Shafiul, Mashrafe, or a part-timer. Don't blame a captain for trying to steer a ship made of cardboard.."

47.1

Mahmudullah to Hussey, FOUR, rushes down the track, gets outside leg and lifts this inside-out over extra cover. Fab strike.

47.2

Mahmudullah to Hussey, FOUR, And again. he sashayed down the track, got outside leg and crashed this over extra cover. Dropped by Shakib at extra cover. He got his hands up but it burst through the fingers.

47.3

Mahmudullah to Hussey, 1 run, works this to the leg side for a single

47.4

Mahmudullah to Hastings, 1 run, punched out to long-on for a single.

47.5

Mahmudullah to Hussey, 1 run, 2006. 2007. 2011. This is the third hundred for Mike Hussey. He punched it through to the deep cover region. A very fine innings and his mates in the dressing room show their appreciation

47.6

Mahmudullah to Hastings, FOUR, Greg Mathews called John Hastings as "Monster from New South Wales" And he has absolutely smashed this to the straight boundary.

End of over 48 (15 runs) Australia 335/7 (RR: 6.97)

    • JW Hastings 5 (4b 1x4)
    • MEK Hussey 100 (86b 8x4 2x6)
    • Mahmudullah 10-0-59-0
    • Abdur Razzak 8-0-43-3
48.1

Abdur Razzak to Hussey, 3 runs, worked this behind square-leg for couple of runs

48.2

Abdur Razzak to Hastings, 1 run, pushes it to midwicket and get across for the quick run. Had there been a direct hit at the non striker's end, he would have been a goner

48.3

Abdur Razzak to Hussey, no run, goes for the big slog sweep but doesn't connect properly

48.4

Abdur Razzak to Hussey, FOUR, Neat! He skipped down the track and creamed this to wide long-off boundary

48.5

Abdur Razzak to Hussey, 1 run, dabs this to the on side for a single

48.6

Abdur Razzak to Hastings, SIX, Monstrous hit! He went down the track and has killed it. The white ball sails high over long-on boundary.

End of over 49 (15 runs) Australia 350/7 (RR: 7.14)

    • JW Hastings 12 (6b 1x4 1x6)
    • MEK Hussey 108 (90b 9x4 2x6)
    • Abdur Razzak 9-0-58-3
    • Mahmudullah 10-0-59-0

KEV: "John Hastings from NSW!? He is Victorian, a great Victorian!" Ha! but he was born in NSW.

49.1

Shafiul Islam to Hussey, OUT, Looked pretty plumb. Full, straight, and on the middle. Hussey went for the paddle sweep but missed. Super-cool knock this. His third ton.

MEK Hussey lbw b Shafiul Islam 108 (131m 91b 9x4 2x6) SR: 118.68

49.2

Shafiul Islam to Doherty, 1 run, driven down to long-off for a single

Major Hamad: "Mortaza took 3 wickets after 1st expensive spell bcz Shakib has trust on him and he bring back Mortaza, 80/3 in 9 is better or 43/0 in 4 overs? No doubt that Shakib is Best bangladesh player and captain so far "

49.3

Shafiul Islam to Hastings, 1 run, full delivery, driven to the off side for a single

49.4

Shafiul Islam to Doherty, 1 run, nice slower one, stabbed down the track and Shafiul should have had a run out. The non striker had backed up too far but shafiul failed to stop the ball.

49.5

Shafiul Islam to Hastings, FOUR, full toss and that has been dealt with violence. A fierce square drive.

49.6

Shafiul Islam to Hastings, FOUR, Hastings finishes things off in some style. Another full delivery and Hastings square drives it to the point boundary.

Australia have piled up 361 for 8. Watson exploded, Ponting caressed, Clarke nurdled, Hussey milked, Johnson heaved, and Hastings clubbed as Australia ran away to a huge total.

Join us in a while for the chase. Time for a break.

End of over 50 (11 runs) Australia 361/8

    • JW Hastings 21 (9b 3x4 1x6)
    • XJ Doherty 2 (2b)
    • Shafiul Islam 8-0-77-1
    • Abdur Razzak 9-0-58-3
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