World T20 - 31st match, Group 2

Bangladesh v Australia

Australia won by 7 wickets (with 15 balls remaining)

3.25 pm Taskin Ahmed receives his cap from former Bangladesh captain Akram Khan, just before the teams head out to the middle. Anamul Haque and Tamim Iqbal get set to face the Aussie pace barrage. Mitchell Starc has the ball in hand. A wide first slip has the company of a very tight second slip

Mazhar Chowdhur: "@ Sean Pain: Bangladesh is weak at playing leg spin despite the class of the bowler. Bagladesh included another off spinner in the squad as Aussie were vulnerable against Aswin. You made our task easy omitting Muirhead."

3.20 pm The usual ceremony before the first ball is upon us as the teams and officials walk out for the national anthems. I spot a few white spaces in the crowd, but those who've turned up - in vivid face paints no less - would ensure the volume stays as high as possible

Sadim: "Bishop escorting Mushfiqur for toss really looks like a father dropping off his son to school."

And here's the elusive, and rather vehement Aussie supporter: "I don't think Australia will be as complacent as England. Three losses will sting after a largely flawless Aussie summer, and all XI will want to put Bangladesh (who may already be thinking about driving back to their warm beds) to the sword. The Aussies don't play again until the UAE. Watch the fury!" Fair to say, off come the kid gloves...

3.00 pm Bangladesh have won the toss and will bat They have made three changes: Sohag Gazi, Mominul Haque and Taskin Ahmed, the 18-year old seamer makes his debut. Australia have brought in Dan Christian and Nathan Coulter-Nile. The Australia captain said they have not played a complete game so far. There need be nothing said after such performances. He says it's time for action.

Sean Pain: "So Aussies have picked Christian in place of Hodge and Nile in place of Muirhead,two medium pacers for two spinners and that too on a spinning track.Bailey doesn't look like a good captain.His decisions have been disastrous."

"I am tired of hearing this - "BD team still has their fan support". Can someone remind BD players that fans cannot play, perform and win the game for them?" Ron, let me tell you, if they're given the chance they might well show the players a thing or two. They've made this tournament quite memorable with their vocal and vibrant support. Here is Abhishek Purohit to continue along that vein, saying Bangladesh simply have to repay their fans' unconditional love

2.55 pm Mitchell Starc says it has been a disappointing tournament for Australia so far but they are looking to go out and show what they can really do today. He hoped to exploit the shorter balls a little more today. Early on with new ball, he would search for swing. But in the death he'll try and hit the block hole or use the bouncer. He adds there is no hiding away from their performance. It's been well short of the standards they want to keep to and want to go away with at least a win

2.45 pm Despite a lot of traffic on this Mirpur pitch, it remains very, very hard. That's the reason for it to keep offering quick turn, instead of the slower kind that happens in India sometimes. It's quite rough and that allows it to absorb all the sunlight and keep it quite dry. So the captain winning the toss would want to bat first and get the spinners into play later

James: "Hoping for a consolation win for Bangladesh today, partly (I have to admit) to see another team as inept as England (I like to set the ineptitude bar high!). Plus it's their tournament, and it's been enjoyable so far." Where, oh where are the Aussie supporters?

"I personally think BD have a slight edge over Aussies," says iamRifard and he goes on to bolster his statement. "Aussies are morally affected by 3 losses one after other and being ruled out.. for BD it's not a dead rubber it's a challenge for them to beat Aussies one more time in international stage abd they are still backed up by their supporters.."

But just so you guys don't start throwing sticks and stones, I'll also plug in an Australia tournament review, where Dan Brettig thinks an ill-balanced side, especially in their ability to use and counter spin, takes precedence over fatigue for their failure

Seems like it's the day for self-indulgence. In lieu of that I shall allow Jignesh to gush about my awesome skills: Jignesh: "Mind blowing. What an opening of the commentary. You make it look like it's going to be any mystery suspense movie. At some places you sounded like Tarak Mehta (when he gives closing ceremony at the end of every program.) Suspense, Mystery, Thriller, Drama, Comedy"

2.30 pm One is the host of this World T20, but home advantage has amounted for naught. The other had a batting line-up to rave about but has failed to perform to even half the expectation. This is both Australia and Bangladesh's last chance to leave the tournament with a victory. Will that be motivation enough, or would the disappointment of three successive losses be too much to overcome? See, even a dead rubber has so many questions to be answered

0.1

Starc to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, full and a bit of curl away has Tamim uncertain about playing it. In the end the ball thuds into his bat as he tries to pull it away and it squirts away to third man

0.2

Starc to Anamul Haque, no run, 143kph, throws his bat at a full, inswinging delivery outside off. No feet whatsoever though and he's beaten soundly

Only one slip for the right-hander

0.3

Starc to Anamul Haque, no run, low full toss, think he was going for an indipping yorker there. Anamul drills it to mid-on with a straight bat

0.4

Starc to Anamul Haque, no run, cuts him in half again, this time with the batsman charging him. It's just back of a good length and ducks back in at him.

0.5

Starc to Anamul Haque, no run, 142kph, shortish on middle and Anamul blocks much more calmly

0.6

Starc to Anamul Haque, no run, another one dug in around the off stump and Anamul uses soft hands to dab it towards point

End of over 1 (1 run) Bangladesh 1/0 (RR: 1.00)
Anamul Haque    0* (5b)      MA Starc    1-0-1-0
Tamim Iqbal    1* (1b)     

Nathan Coulter-Nile from the other end

1.1

Coulter-Nile to Tamim Iqbal, no run, full, on and around off stump. Tamim presses forward and drives to mid-off

Dishant: "Muirhead was quite decent in whatever short burst we have seen of him.Dismissed Gayle and Kohli as his two wickets and unless you give the guy some chances,he cant grow.Event Warne went for 200 in his debut test didn't he?"

1.2

Coulter-Nile to Tamim Iqbal, 1 wide, poor direction from Coulter-Nile and he's saved a few blushes by a big dive from the keeper. Inswinger goes way down leg

1.2

Coulter-Nile to Tamim Iqbal, no run, fires it into the blockhole on middle, Tamim digs it out with an angled bat. Gets a thick outside edge to point

1.3

Coulter-Nile to Tamim Iqbal, 1 wide, slower ball, slides down leg again. Two wides in his first over back in the side.

1.3

Coulter-Nile to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, 142kph, back of a length on middle and leg, picked away to deep square leg

1.4

Coulter-Nile to Anamul Haque, OUT, simple catch at first slip and Anamul succumbs to a very rash shot! Charged him and swung wildly, that's been his gameplan in this little innings, and it ends with a straightforward snick into the cordon. Reward for a fuller length for Coulter-Nile

Anamul Haque c Watson b Coulter-Nile 0 (8m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Here's Shakib Al Hasan, on his first bat after some very strong comments

1.5

Coulter-Nile to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, back of a length and outside off, steered to point off his toes

1.6

Coulter-Nile to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, full on off stump, he strides forward and pushes to mid-on

End of over 2 (3 runs) Bangladesh 4/1 (RR: 2.00)
Shakib Al Hasan    0* (2b)      NM Coulter-Nile    1-0-3-1
Tamim Iqbal    2* (4b)      MA Starc    1-0-1-0

2.1

Starc to Tamim Iqbal, 1 wide, the wide bug bits Starc this time. Presents a lovely, good length ball angled across the right-hander... Only it was Tamim on strike

2.1

Starc to Tamim Iqbal, no run, much better. This time he realises it's a leftie and delivers a back of a length delivery that curls away after pitching. Lures a poke from Tamim and beats him

2.2

Starc to Tamim Iqbal, no run, back-to-back beauties and both of them were shorter in length. Gets a bit of help from the pitch as this seams past the outside edge

2.3

Starc to Tamim Iqbal, no run, goes fuller and Tamim prefers it there, moves forward eagerly and drives to mid-off

2.4

Starc to Tamim Iqbal, no run, dug in short and just a shade outside off, Tamim has seen the line and leaves it

2.5

Starc to Tamim Iqbal, 3 runs, nothing wrong with the ball, but Tamim gains some confidence by a solid front foot push. Held his balance as he punches the good length ball on the up and through the covers

2.6

Starc to Shakib Al Hasan, FOUR, full and wide outside off and Shakib races down the track and drills it through the covers. His back foot came off the ground as he had to reach out for it

End of over 3 (8 runs) Bangladesh 12/1 (RR: 4.00)
Shakib Al Hasan    4* (3b 1x4)      MA Starc    2-0-9-0
Tamim Iqbal    5* (9b)      NM Coulter-Nile    1-0-3-1

3.1

Coulter-Nile to Tamim Iqbal, no run, 142kph, sends a very full and very wide delivery that Tamim rightly goes after with a cover drive. Doesn't connect

3.2

Coulter-Nile to Tamim Iqbal, OUT, good length ball around the off stump, Tamim goes for an on-the-up drive again but this time his timing is terrible. Lobs a low catch to mid-off and departs with his head down. He's not had a very good few months recently and that rut continues

Tamim Iqbal c Bollinger b Coulter-Nile 5 (16m 11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 45.45

Mushfiqur Rahim, who said they had a few ideas about the batting line-up at the toss, arrives with his side in much trouble

3.3

Coulter-Nile to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, 141kph, lovely fuller length fetches a little bit of away swing. Gets a thick outside edge to point

3.4

Coulter-Nile to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, shortish and a bit of width outside off, he rides it down to third man. Good bounce off this deck

3.5

Coulter-Nile to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, goes for a lash over the top of the slips, but the bounce on this short ball directed across him is too much

3.6

Coulter-Nile to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, back of a length on and around off stump, blocked into the covers

End of over 4 (1 run) Bangladesh 13/2 (RR: 3.25)
Shakib Al Hasan    4* (5b 1x4)      NM Coulter-Nile    2-0-4-2
Mushfiqur Rahim    1* (2b)      MA Starc    2-0-9-0

Wahid59: "Grass is definitely greener on the other side; Bangladesh women (who are playing against Sri Lanka) captain Salma khatun hit 4 consecutive boundaries!"

4.1

Bollinger to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, targets the batsman's ribs, but Mushi's is on the back foot and blocks with soft hands

4.2

Bollinger to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, fullish on and around middle, Mushi presents a straight bat

4.3

Bollinger to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, movement away and it fetches a bit of an outside edge that wanders past a diving second slip. Australia continue exploring a shortish length and deriving just a hint of seam

4.4

Bollinger to Shakib Al Hasan, SIX, launced over midwicket! Takes on the bouncer and he's succeeded with some elan! He was on the front foot, but pushed his weight back just enough to swat it away

4.5

Bollinger to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, races down the track and looks to heave down the ground, but misses the fuller delivery curving in at him a bit. Misses the middle bail by inches

4.6

Bollinger to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, shuffles across and nudges this off this thighs to long leg

Prasanna S: "Least inspiring batting by Bangla, this is not playing natural game but uncharacteristic slogging, hope Musfiqur and Shakib put their heads down and give their fans much to cheer about in a less pressure game like this."

End of over 5 (8 runs) Bangladesh 21/2 (RR: 4.20)
Shakib Al Hasan    11* (8b 1x4 1x6)      DE Bollinger    1-0-8-0
Mushfiqur Rahim    2* (5b)      NM Coulter-Nile    2-0-4-2

Jacques: "Judging by the scores in the last few matches (especially yesterdays) it seems that it is getting more and more difficult to bat on these pitches. Or are the batsmen just performing poorer?" Spin is gaining in threat for sure. Here's Shane Watson though

5.1

Watson to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, full on leg stump, Shakib flicks off the front foot but isn't able to beat the lone man at short fine leg. Boundary opportunity goes begging

5.2

Watson to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, skips down the track, but Watson keeps him honest by pulling his length back

5.3

Watson to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, back of a length on middle, Shakib blocks

5.4

Watson to Shakib Al Hasan, 4 leg byes, comes down the track again and though the bowler tries refuses to let him to get under it, Shakib deflects it off his thighs and past the keeper

5.5

Watson to Shakib Al Hasan, SIX, offers up a length ball outside off and he's been carted over the long-on boundary. Cleared his front leg and slammed it for the 250th six of the tournament

5.6

Watson to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, full and wide yorker, Shakib jams a horizontal bat down on it and steers it to deep point

Ziadh: "@Wahid59: You jinxed her. She has just got out!"

End of over 6 (11 runs) Bangladesh 32/2 (RR: 5.33)
Shakib Al Hasan    18* (14b 1x4 2x6)      SR Watson    1-0-7-0
Mushfiqur Rahim    2* (5b)      DE Bollinger    1-0-8-0

Matt: "@Wahid59 Whoa, commentary curse works even on other match's commentary page" First sign of spin here. Maxwell comes on to bowl

6.1

Maxwell to Shakib Al Hasan, FOUR, what a welcome! advances to reach the pitch and hosts the flighted ball over the bowler's head.

6.2

Maxwell to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, isn't afraid of tossing the ball up despite the last ball. Slower pace keeps Shakib to a defensive nudge into the leg side

goes around the wicket

6.3

Maxwell to Mushfiqur Rahim, FOUR, gets no turn from this angle and he bowls one a little short and wide. Mushi goes back and slaps it into the gap through point. Waited on it nicely and put it away into the gap

6.4

Maxwell to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, picks the good length ball off his pads for a couple through midwicket

6.5

Maxwell to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, lovely flight again from Maxi. The batsman is lured forward and slices it to point

6.6

Maxwell to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, tossed up again, pushed into the covers for a single

Ruch: "@PrasannaS careful now. You are putting unnecessary expectations on Bangladesh. Al Hasan won't be impressed"

End of over 7 (11 runs) Bangladesh 43/2 (RR: 6.14)
Shakib Al Hasan    24* (18b 2x4 2x6)      GJ Maxwell    1-0-11-0
Mushfiqur Rahim    7* (7b 1x4)      SR Watson    1-0-7-0

7.1

Bollinger to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, comes down the track again, but he strikes this off the bottom of the bat. Fuller delivery outside off dragged to long-on

7.2

Bollinger to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, back of a length on and around off stump, guided with an open face to third man

7.3

Bollinger to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, fullish and just outside off, waits on it nicely and dabs it to third man

Dishant: "To an extent I agree to Shakib's comments that they should not play any cricket at home for 2 years.As a neutral,many a times it seems as if the Bangladeshi players are playing to the gallery and not applying themselves to score ugly runs." But isn't that a cop out?

7.4

Bollinger to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, rushes at the bowler and though it is bowled short and pushed across him to try and beat his reach, Mushi taps it away behind point

7.5

Bollinger to Shakib Al Hasan, FOUR, 133kph, excellent strike! Short ball, but doesn't rise as high as Bollinger wanted. Shakib though is set on the back foot and swivel pulls it down behind the square leg boundary

7.6

Bollinger to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, fullish and outside off, he drives to mid-off

End of over 8 (8 runs) Bangladesh 51/2 (RR: 6.37)
Shakib Al Hasan    30* (22b 3x4 2x6)      DE Bollinger    2-0-16-0
Mushfiqur Rahim    9* (9b 1x4)      GJ Maxwell    1-0-11-0

8.1

Watson to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, back of a length on off stump, Mushi goes deep in his crease and works it away behind square leg

Ad: "Based on how difficult it is becoming chasing down totals specially against the spin bowling, 145 could be all BD need to topple Australia."

8.2

Watson to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, full and outside off, Shakib is forward and slaps it through the covers

8.3

Watson to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, slower ball, kept full on off stump. Mushi blocks with an open face

8.4

Watson to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 bye, races down the track, but Watto's seen him and sends down a short ball outside off. Can't reach it and the keeper fluffs up as well

Switches around the wicket

8.5

Watson to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, 135 kph, looks for a dab to third man but this wasn't really short enough or wide enough for that

andy f: "you have all missed the skakib point....he really does care about his team country and fans he dosent want to appear or in actual fact let anyone down"

8.6

Watson to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, chopes the shortish ball angled in at him to deep third man

End of over 9 (4 runs) Bangladesh 55/2 (RR: 6.11)
Shakib Al Hasan    32* (25b 3x4 2x6)      SR Watson    2-0-10-0
Mushfiqur Rahim    10* (12b 1x4)      DE Bollinger    2-0-16-0

Dan: "Surely the point is, as he says that the country is not producing enough talented first class cricketers, and I fail to see how avoiding playing at home will help that. I admittedly know nothing about BD first class cricket. Having been a test playing nation for a similar period Sri Lanka had produced players such as Aravinda De Silva, Jayasuriya, Ranatunga, Vaas and Murali, and Sanga and Jayawardene were in the pipeline, BD have produced just one arguably test standard player in Shakib. This is despite a much bigger fanatic cricket culture. So what is going wrong at the first class level?"

9.1

Coulter-Nile to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, too close for a horizontal bat shot, but still manages to tap it down to third man. Not off the middle though

9.2

Coulter-Nile to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, 141kph, too quick for him there, and a bit of extra bounce too. It was shortish and around the off stump and Mushi was looking for the typically subcontinental flick to midwicket. Gets truck on the glove as the ball has a bit more sting on it

9.3

Coulter-Nile to Shakib Al Hasan, 2 runs, full on leg stump, but Shakib has played this a little too early. Gets a bit of a leading edge that evades the bowler's left hand

9.4

Coulter-Nile to Shakib Al Hasan, FOUR, what timing! All he did was come down on the ball with a chop, there was no flourish at all. But it easily beats deep third man

9.5

Coulter-Nile to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, 142kph, that's slipped out of his hands! Rather high full toss gets an outside edge that balloons over cover. That was a smidge over the waist and he's gotten away with it. Instant apology from Coulter-Nile

9.6

Coulter-Nile to Mushfiqur Rahim, FOUR, short ball on middle and off, Mushi rocks back and pulls wide of the long leg fielder. Terrific strike

End of over 10 (13 runs) Bangladesh 68/2 (RR: 6.80)
Mushfiqur Rahim    15* (14b 2x4)      NM Coulter-Nile    3-0-17-2
Shakib Al Hasan    40* (29b 4x4 2x6)      SR Watson    2-0-10-0

10.1

Maxwell to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, very eager to use his feet against the spinner. Reaches the pitch and drills it down to long-on

10.2

Maxwell to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, flights it and uses a slower pace, Mushi waits and nudges through square leg

10.3

Maxwell to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, beaten in flight but because he went through with the shot, he was able to cart this tossed up delivery outside off to long-on

10.4

Maxwell to Mushfiqur Rahim, SIX, this sails into the Mirpur crowd! That's how you use you feet, got under the flighted ball and smacks it for an 84m-six over deep midwicket

10.5

Maxwell to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, flighted on and around leg stump, much slower in pace and Mushi nudges it off his pads

10.6

Maxwell to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, short and wide, Shakib backs away and slaps it to the sweeper

End of over 11 (11 runs) Bangladesh 79/2 (RR: 7.18)
Shakib Al Hasan    43* (32b 4x4 2x6)      GJ Maxwell    2-0-22-0
Mushfiqur Rahim    23* (17b 2x4 1x6)      NM Coulter-Nile    3-0-17-2

hadi: "I think what Shakib said was needed, someone to vent it out. Because they had been under performing and something must've been building inside of the players and it's good that he vent it out strongly, hopefully that frustration is out of their system for now and hoping they can perform out of their skins today"

11.1

Bollinger to Shakib Al Hasan, 2 runs, chips it over mid-off, who despite making good ground by running back, is not able to get under it. Fuller delivery on off stump hoisted over the infield

11.2

Bollinger to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, short ball and he's been very willing to take them head on. Once again he's quick on the pull and finds the man at deep square leg

11.3

Bollinger to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, 141kph, back of a length delivery on leg stump, flicked behind square leg

11.4

Bollinger to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, fullish on leg stump, pushed down the ground to long-on

11.5

Bollinger to Mushfiqur Rahim, FOUR, this has been murdered! Australia's plan of bowling short is backfiring big time! Doesn't matter if he was on the front foot, this sat up and he's pummeled it in front of midwicket

11.6

Bollinger to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, thinks it would be the fuller one and races down the track, but Bollinger double bluffs. Shorter ball directed across him and it bounces much more to beat his slashing blade

End of over 12 (9 runs) Bangladesh 88/2 (RR: 7.33)
Mushfiqur Rahim    28* (20b 3x4 1x6)      DE Bollinger    3-0-25-0
Shakib Al Hasan    47* (35b 4x4 2x6)      GJ Maxwell    2-0-22-0

Shakib and Mushi have put on 76 from 52 deliveries... after their side were 12 for 2. Efficient recovery from their two best batsmen. Dan Christian's first ball today, around the wicket

12.1

Christian to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, slower ball, drags it short and wide outside off. So wide that the batsman's timing is shot as he cuts to deep point

12.2

Christian to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, back of a length on off stump, nudged away to mdiwicket who sends in a direct hit. The third umpire is called. He's well in

12.3

Christian to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, short ball, he's been quick to pull but has mistimed it. Goes uppishly in the region of mid-on, if it had been there

12.4

Christian to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, slower short ball on off stump, dabbed to midwicket with soft hands

keeper stands up to the stumps

12.5

Christian to Mushfiqur Rahim, 2 runs, length ball, he picks it up and lashes it wide of long-on. Looked like he had smoked it, but he's got too much height on it

12.6

Christian to Mushfiqur Rahim, FOUR, lovely ball, doesn't deserve the eventual result. The offcutter was dug in short as he saw the batsman charging at him. Mushi looks to ramp it over third man, but is beaten. The ball bounces before Haddin and spins past him

End of over 13 (9 runs) Bangladesh 97/2 (RR: 7.46)
Mushfiqur Rahim    35* (24b 4x4 1x6)      DT Christian    1-0-9-0
Shakib Al Hasan    49* (37b 4x4 2x6)      DE Bollinger    3-0-25-0

13.1

Maxwell to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 bye, flighted outside off, and Shakib lashes out with a cover drive. Haddin didn't stay low enough and lets a bye through

13.2

Maxwell to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, flighted outside off, he blocks solidly

13.3

Maxwell to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, gets down on one knee and slog sweeps this flighted ball on middle and leg to deep square leg

13.4

Maxwell to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, goes back and punches the length ball through into the covers

13.5

Maxwell to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, quicker ball slid down the leg side, Shakib flicks it away behind square leg for his fifty

13.6

Maxwell to Mushfiqur Rahim, (no ball) 1 run, he's overstepped! Length ball on the stumps, picked away into the leg side for a single

Free hit

13.6

Maxwell to Shakib Al Hasan, SIX, thumped straight down the ground! Shakib is motoring along. Gets under this quick dart on middle and heaves it towards the sight screen

End of over 14 (11 runs) Bangladesh 108/2 (RR: 7.71)
Shakib Al Hasan    56* (41b 4x4 3x6)      GJ Maxwell    3-0-32-0
Mushfiqur Rahim    37* (27b 4x4 1x6)      DT Christian    1-0-9-0

Shan Fastian: "Well Australia needs to replace Haddin. He has dropped few catches and missed number of balls that went for runs behind square. He isn't helping Aussies with the bat either. They need to find someone like De Kock."

14.1

Christian to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, short on off stump, he backs away and cuts to deep point

Haddin is up at the stumps as Christian goes around

14.2

Christian to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, length ball outside off, Shakib slog sweeps to deep midwicket

14.3

Christian to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, keeps making room as he charges him and the endeavor throws him off balance and too far away from the short ball outside off to make contact

14.4

Christian to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, stays put and pulls this short ball on middle to deep square leg

14.5

Christian to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, offers it up on length and outside off, but Shakib's slog goes more off the inside half of the bat. Single to deep midwicket to bring up the 100 partnership

14.6

Christian to Mushfiqur Rahim, FOUR, full and wide outside off, Mushi has flayed this through point. Third man is too fine to cut this off. Clean strike

End of over 15 (8 runs) Bangladesh 116/2 (RR: 7.73)
Mushfiqur Rahim    43* (31b 5x4 1x6)      DT Christian    2-0-17-0
Shakib Al Hasan    58* (43b 4x4 3x6)      GJ Maxwell    3-0-32-0

David: "So now this bowling attack is being belted by bangladesh. Can they sink any lower" Last five overs, so more belting on the cards... Here's Mitchell Starc

15.1

Starc to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, terrific yorker as he followed Shakib, who was backing away outside leg. That's when he's dangerous, when he gets those those big inswinging yorkers

goes around the wicket

15.2

Starc to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 wide, this time the yorker goes wrong. Ends up a wide full toss outside off, nowhere near Mushi's reach

15.2

Starc to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, another full toss and this sits up for Mushi to pound over the covers. Should really have beaten that man in the deep

15.3

Starc to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, walks across as he bets on Starc going full and straight. Scoops it to long leg, excellent sense of timing from Shakib. Had he missed that he would have been bowled

15.4

Starc to Mushfiqur Rahim, 2 runs, searing yorker on off stump, Mushi jams down an open face down on it and gets a couple to third man

15.5

Starc to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, slower short ball and Mushi was into the pull a little too early, but he had adjusted well enough to have it drop short of the man at long leg

15.6

Starc to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, 145kph, lovely finish. Yorker on middle stump, kept out quite nicely too

Gautham: "Surely, it has to come down to selection issues too! Knowing the tournament is being held in Bangladesh, they've left their best bowler of spin in this format (Steve O'Keefe) and the best player of spin (Steve Smith) back home!"

End of over 16 (7 runs) Bangladesh 123/2 (RR: 7.68)
Shakib Al Hasan    60* (46b 4x4 3x6)      MA Starc    3-0-16-0
Mushfiqur Rahim    47* (34b 5x4 1x6)      DT Christian    2-0-17-0

Watson for his third over, around the wicket

16.1

Watson to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 wide, starts off with a full one way down leg. Mushi was looking to lap it away to the fine leg boundary, but can't put bat to ball. Easy wide though

16.1

Watson to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, walks at him, but Watson sends down a fuller ball that sneaks between bat and pad. Almost yorked himself as he goes for a flick

16.2

Watson to Mushfiqur Rahim, OUT, went deep in his crease to try and get under this fuller ball on middle, but the slog falls safely into the hands of Maxwell at deep midwicket. Falls short of a well-deserved fifty

Mushfiqur Rahim c Maxwell b Watson 47 (56m 36b 5x4 1x6) SR: 130.55

Mahmudullah walks out with some quick runs being the order of the day, Mominul slips down the order

16.3

Watson to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 wide, fuller delivery pushed way too far across the left-hander, even if he was moving across to off stump

16.3

Watson to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, slashed to deep point as this was full and wide outside off again

mid-off comes up and cover point goes back

16.4

Watson to Mahmudullah, 1 run, full delivery on off stump, pushed to long-on

16.5

Watson to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, 135kph, excellent bouncer! Loads of effort in this as he gets the ball to rise above Shakib's shoulder and defeat his frenetic pull

16.6

Watson to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 wide, goes for the wrong option this time. Tries to sneak a wide yorker inside the guideline, but doesn't succeed

16.6

Watson to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, full and just outside off, Shakib lashes and the resulting thick outside edge goes on a spree to third man

Kamran: "Just compare the force that Watson was just 2 years ago in the 2012 World Cup with what he is now - a bits and pieces players whose main role in this lineup seems to be of a backup bowler and backup batsmen. How times change." you don't really call a bowling bowling in the last five overs of a T20 as "back-up"

End of over 17 (6 runs) Bangladesh 129/3 (RR: 7.58)
Shakib Al Hasan    62* (49b 4x4 3x6)      SR Watson    3-0-16-1
Mahmudullah    1* (1b)      MA Starc    3-0-16-0

17.1

Bollinger to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, walks across to lap it fine, but Bollinger's yorker smacks onto his boot. Struck just a shade outside the line, reckons the umpire as he turns down the bowler's appeal

17.2

Bollinger to Shakib Al Hasan, FOUR, length ball outside off, Shakin reaches out and belts it over the top of mid-off. Terrible bowling for his field

17.3

Bollinger to Shakib Al Hasan, OUT, he has struck this quite hard, but Maxwell has pulled off a blinder at deep midwicket. Cleared his legs for a full swing of the bat down on this full ball on middle. It went flat and hard and Maxi runs forward and dives full length to cling on to a low chance

Shakib Al Hasan c Maxwell b Bollinger 66 (72m 52b 5x4 3x6) SR: 126.92

Nasir Hossain jogs out to the crease

17.4

Bollinger to Mahmudullah, no run, back of a length and pushed across him, he taps with an open face towards point

17.5

Bollinger to Mahmudullah, 1 run, 141kph, short ball on off stump, Mahmudullah keeps to his crease and pulls down to long leg

17.6

Bollinger to Nasir Hossain, 1 run, slower ball, pitched short and outside off. Cut away to deep third man

Gaurav: "B'desh need to score more than 160+ else all the effort of these 2 batsmen will go in vain."

End of over 18 (6 runs) Bangladesh 135/4 (RR: 7.50)
Nasir Hossain    1* (1b)      DE Bollinger    4-0-31-1
Mahmudullah    2* (3b)      SR Watson    3-0-16-1

Ahsan: "why dont they send strong guy like mushrafe at this stage who is a gud hitter as well." Cause he;s not playing...

18.1

Watson to Nasir Hossain, FOUR, this is in the slot, made so by Nasir rushing down the track. Gets under it and lifts it over extra cover. No need to slog whatsoever

goes around now

18.2

Watson to Nasir Hossain, 1 run, low full toss, following the batsman who was making room outside leg. Clipped away smartly to deep square leg

Bailey is waving his arms around wildly to set the field exactly how he wants it

18.3

Watson to Mahmudullah, 1 run, very full on middle and leg, Mahmudullah gets a thick inside edge to long leg

18.4

Watson to Nasir Hossain, 1 no ball, 138kph, sends down a rather high full toss way wide of the off stump. The batsman advancing has shorted Watson's radar

18.4

Watson to Nasir Hossain, no run, much better. Finds the yorker even with Nasir moving outside leg stump

18.5

Watson to Nasir Hossain, 1 run, flicked away to deep midwicket as he bowls full and on leg stump

18.6

Watson to Mahmudullah, 1 run, ensures the batsman get get too far under the ball as he keeps it full on middle and leg, drilled to long-on

End of over 19 (9 runs) Bangladesh 144/4 (RR: 7.57)
Mahmudullah    4* (5b)      SR Watson    4-0-25-1
Nasir Hossain    7* (6b 1x4)      DE Bollinger    4-0-31-1

Mitchell Starc with the last set of the innings. Around the wicket

19.1

Starc to Mahmudullah, 1 run, fires it full and just wide of off stump, jammed away to point

19.2

Starc to Nasir Hossain, 1 run, presents an angled bat to the fuller ball outside off, finds cover point in the deep

bidyut: "watson - wide-on "

19.3

Starc to Mahmudullah, 1 run, jams in a yorker on middle, dug out down the ground

Minor delay in play as Starc has ruined his shoe

19.4

Starc to Nasir Hossain, FOUR, low full toss outside off, slammed through cover. Bisects the man inside the circle and Maxwell in the deep. Offered room and taken advantage of

19.5

Starc to Nasir Hossain, 2 runs, slower short ball, again with room on offer. Flat bats it down the ground and they snare a rapid could against David Warner's arm. That's well done!

19.6

Starc to Nasir Hossain, OUT, bowled off the last ball as he was trying to make room! Beaten for pace as he tried to dab it away to third man for at best a single

Nasir Hossain b Starc 14 (13m 10b 2x4 0x6) SR: 140.00

5.05pm Australia started quite well, but Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim wrenched the game from the visitors' grasp with an enterprising 100-plus partnership. Both batsmen were quite adept at besting Australia's short-ball plan and have placed Bangladesh in a very good position.

"I thought I was hitting well," says Shakib who had wanted himself to be more consistent, especially batting in the top-order. Despite losing early wickets it is important to be smart and positive and not get bogged down he adds. It is an "okay" total and could be defended if the spinners bowl really well and get some early wickets

Milind: "I don't understand Aus's concept of saving Nile's overs? He was bowling pretty well , took 2 wickets, economy less than 6. If they were saving him for death bowling, then why not give him the bowl??" Possibly because he went for a few in one of the previous games.. Not that Starc hasn't though

End of over 20 (9 runs) Bangladesh 153/5
     MA Starc    4-0-25-1
Mahmudullah    6* (7b)      SR Watson    4-0-25-1
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Al-Amin Hossain was quite vocal after dismissing David Warner, Bangladesh v Australia, World T20, Group 2, Mirpur, April 1, 2014

Al-Amin Hossain was quite vocal after dismissing David Warner

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David Warner swings and loses his middle stump to Al-Amin Hossain, Bangladesh v Australia, World T20, Group 2, Mirpur, April 1, 2014

David Warner swings and loses his middle stump to Al-Amin Hossain

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